Photo of Karen Barahona

Spanish Program Coordinator
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., The University of Georgia

Karen Barahona

Photo of Karen BarahonaSpanish Program Coordinator
Assistant Professor of Spanish

Ph.D., University of Georgia


(440) 826-5926,

Dr. Karen Barahona currently serves as the Spanish program coordinator at Baldwin Wallace University. She has shaped the language program to be forward thinking and adaptive to the changing needs of the students and created a "Spanish for the Professions" minor.

Since 2012, Barahona has actively created and refined several service-learning projects to engage students in the Northeast Ohio community. These community engagement initiatives help students build social awareness, increase confidence in using their language skills and advance written translation competencies. In addition, she prepares students for their lives after college by teaching them career development skills to equip them with tools and techniques for job and internship searching.

As a result of her commitment to service-learning, Barahona received the Baldwin Wallace Excellence in Community Engagement Faculty Award 2017-2018. This award distinguishes outstanding leadership in campus and community contributions of a professor who is advancing the BW mission of "developing contributing and compassionate citizens" through community-engaged teaching and learning.

Barahona's primary area of research is in Latin American literature of the 20th and 21st centuries with a focus on women’s Central American testimony and fiction. She infuses her scholarly work in the classroom and directs students' theses, research projects and honors courses with the goal of promoting the experiences of the Other, the unheard and non-dominant individuals or groups in Latin America. She is currently analyzing testimonial accounts from Nicaragua and El Salvador which portray women’s association to revolutionary fronts in search of a political identity. Her work has been published in the Hispanic studies journal Hispamerica and through editorial Baile del Sol.