María J. García Otero joined the Croft Institute for International Studies in the fall of 2019 as Croft Instructional Assistant Professor of Spanish and Coordinator of the Croft Spanish language program. She obtained her B.A. in English Philology from the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela in 2004, her M.A. in Hispanic Literature and Cultures in 2006, and her Ph.D. in Medieval and Early Modern Spanish Literature and Cultures in 2012 from the University of Kansas. Her research interests include Medieval and Early Modern Iberian hagiography, Religious Iconography and Monasticism, and Medieval Castilian Geopolitical Hegemony. Dr. Otero teaches courses at the intermediate and advanced levels. Within the Croft Institute, she is focused on developing an oral proficiency curriculum guided by the ACTFL standards.