A faculty member at the University of Notre Dame since 1998, Elena Mangione-Lora is an associate teaching professor of Spanish, specializing in intermediate and advanced language and culture courses. She has developed courses in translation theory and practice, Mexican history and culture, the Latin American telenovela, and others that explore Spanish-language music, history, culture and literature. Professor Mangione-Lora's pedagogical interests include engaged learning, technology in new language acquisition - especially the ePortfolio, writing pedagogy and multi-media literacy. In April 2003, Professor Mangione-Lora received a Kaneb Teaching Award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to undergraduate education. She received her B.A. from Saint Mary's College in 1990 and her M.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 1998.