Daria Cohen

Faculty / Daria Cohen

Chair, Languages, Literatures and Cultures; Professor of Spanish

Department Name 
Languages, Literatures & Cultures
Office Location 
Fine Arts 383
Mailing Address 
2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
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Daria Cohen received her Ph.D. in Spanish from Rutgers University. Her dissertation analyzed the burgeoning subjectivity of the female body in short prose narratives by canonical authors from both Spain and Latin America in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Dr. Cohen’s research interests include the Hispanic modernist short story, theater, subjectivity, narratology, gender studies, pop culture and foreign language pedagogy.


  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Ph.D. Spanish, October 2000
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, MA, Hispanic Literature, 1989
  • Douglass College, BA, Spanish, 1979. Highest honors
  • Junior Year Abroad in Spain, University of Valencia (University of San Francisco)

Recent Publications

  • “El otro y yo: Un cuento chino de Sebastián Borensztein” Delaware Review of Latin American Studies, August, 2015. University of Delaware. Vol. 16.1.
  • Cortázar y su adaptación al cine: otro marco” (Cortazar and his Adaptation to Film: Another Frame) in Y el hombre dio su vuelta por ochenta mundos Homenaje a Julio Cortázar (1914-2014), Editorial Ecuador, Quito. 2015.
  • “Vindicating the Femme Fatale in Circe by Manuel Antín” Dissidences, Hispanic Journal of Theory and Criticism. Bowdoin College, Maine. November, 2014. Vol. 5: Iss. 10.4
  • “The Quiet Hero in the Films of Carlos Sorín” Hispanic Journal, Indiana University of Pennsylvania Press. June, 2015. Vol 37.1.
  • Instructor Resource Manual for Mosaicos: Spanish as a World Language (5th Edition, Pearson-Prentice Hall, 2010). Situations to assess oral proficiency and Ancillary Online PowerPoint Presentations to practice grammar, culture and authentic communication.
  • “El juego metateatral en Hermanas de sangre de Cristina Fernández Cubas,” in El español, Baluarte del Humanismo: Literatura, Lengua y Cultura, Jorge H. Valdivieso and L. Theresa Valdivieso, Eds. Orbis Press, 2009. 181-187.
  • Demystifying the Female Body in Hispanic Male Authors 1880-1920. Edwin Mellen Press, Spring 2008. (Reviewed by Revista Estudos Feministas, Vol. 17, No. 3, 2009, Brazil)

Conference Presentations

  • “Products, Practices and Perspectives: Thematic Unit on Panamá,” Central Jersey-Penn Foreign Language Academic Alliance, May 2007
  • “Journeys to Self in Patagonia: Carlos Sorín’s Historias mínimas” NEMLA, Baltimore, March, 2007
  • Chaired NEMLA 2007 panel: “Transatlantic Women’s Voices in Modern and Contemporary Hispanic Theater,” March 2007
  • "Darío’s Shattering of the Modernist Female Icon in La muerte de la emperatriz de la China” Ruben Dario Symposium, Hofstra, Oct. 2006
  • “Tasks, Texts and Contexts: Thematic Unit Design and Implementation” NJ Dept. of Education Seminar XI on Teacher Preparation, William Paterson University, Oct. 2006
  • “Changing Women’s Voices/Women’s Voices of Change in Contemporary Spanish Theater” New Europe at the Crossroads, Berlin, July 2006
  • “El juego metateatral en Hermanas de sangre de Cristina Fernández Cubas,” Hispanic Association for the Humanities, IV Congreso Internacional, Madrid, June 2006
  • “Twisted Sisterhood: Deconstructing Female Solidarity in Cristina Fernandez Cubas’ Hermanas de sangre” NEMLA (Northeast Modern Language Association) Philadelphia, March 2006
  • “Theme Schemes: World Language Thematic Unit Design Strategies” Central Jersey-Penn Foreign Language Academic Alliance, April 2005.
  • “The Strategic Female Body in Hispanic Modernism” MLA, New Orleans, Dec. 2001.
  • "The Mapping of Modern Subjectivity on the Female Body in Hispanic Modernism" Southeast Conference on Foreign Languages and Literatures, March 2000.
  • Demystifying Female Legends in Hispanic Modernism” La Jornada Literaria, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Oct. 1998.
  • “Stellar Bodies in Rubén Darío’s ‘El Palacio del Sol’” Council on Languages and Literatures Graduate Colloquium, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, April 1997.
  • “Condemned Bodies in Manuel Gutiérrez Nájera’s ‘La venganza de Milord.’ ” Third Annual Graduate Student Conference, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Oct. 1995.
  • “Angélica Gorodischer and Her (Sub)Version of the Discourse of Power in Floreros de alabastro.” West Virginia University Colloquium on Modern Literature and Film, Oct. 1990.
  • “Una visión deconstructivista de Del sentimiento trágico de la vida.” Mid America Conference on Hispanic Literature. University of Kansas, Nov. 1989.
  • “Discursos irreconciliables en El señorío de los Incas.” Syracuse University Second Annual Graduate Symposium. April 1988.
  • “The Painted Windows of Gloria Fuertes.” Wichita State University Fifth Annual Conference on Foreign Literature. April 1988.

Academic Positions

  • Associate Professor of Spanish, Dept. of Languages, Literatures & Cultures, Rider University (2004 to present)
  • Assistant Professor of Spanish, Dept. of Languages, Literatures & Cultures, Rider University (2004-2008)
  • Coordinator of SPA 101-102, Lecturer: SPA 105, 107, 207 Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures, Princeton University (2000 - 2004) Restructured 101 and 102 to implement computerized online workbook, media in the classroom, internet connections, Excel grading and enhancement of writing and speaking in target language. Supervised lecturers and graduate student instructors. Coordinated interfacing with the McGraw Center for Teaching Excellence.
  • Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Rutgers University (1997-2000, 1992-1993). Taught all levels of language and literature courses. Mentored graduate students.
  • Coordinator: Elementary and Intermediate Spanish, Rutgers, Fall 1995 through Spring 1996. Designed syllabi, assigned and edited exam composition, evaluated teaching assistants and lecturers, designed and implemented oral proficiency tests, conducted instructional meetings.
  • Teaching Assistant, Department of English, Rutgers (1993 - 1995)
  • Teaching Assistant, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Rutgers (1987 - 1991)
  • Assistant Director, Rutgers Summer Study, Salamanca, Spain. 1988. Provided academic and cultural support for students abroad, acted as liaison to program director, supervised field trips, facilitated cultural exchange.
  • Secondary School Teacher (NJ Certification) (1979 – 1986)

Course Design and Instruction

  • Advanced Communication and Popular Culture, Rider University, Course focused on Oral Proficiency for Spanish and Spanish Education majors. (SPA 496)
  • Teaching a Second Language, Rider University, Foreign Language and ESL Methods of Instruction Course for Undergraduate and Graduate Education Certification Candidates (SED 420/EDUC 521)
  • Instructional Linguistics, Rider University, Prepared Introduction to Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition and their correlation to second language teaching (EDU 320/EDUC 520)
  • The Hispanic Short Story, Rider University, Designed survey of the Hispanic short prose narrative to emphasize critical analysis, written and oral proficiency and cultural competencies
  • Beginning and Intermediate Spanish, Rider University, SPA 100, 101, 200, 201Surveyed new textbook programs and coordinated program choice for SPA 100, 101, 200, 201;Coordinated program management of adjunct instructors for SPA 100, 101
  • Spanish for Reading Knowledge, Princeton University, Course design and implementation. Graduate student course for research purpose. Summer 2002, 2003
  • Nineteenth Century Spanish Literature, Rutgers University (940:457) Prepared and implemented syllabus, textual discussion guides, essay themes and tests.
  • Latin American Cinema (940:348) Introduced English-speaking students to Hispanic and Brazilian film.
  • The Literature and Culture of Spain (940:336) Reworked syllabus, designed and implemented textual discussion guides, instituted three phase writing project, constructed midterm and final exams.
  • Advanced Grammar Workshop (940:326) Taught grammar and expository writing through content-based readings.
  • Main Currents in Hispanic Literature (940:216) Designed and implemented lesson plans, tests and essays for genre based survey course.
  • Introduction to Literary Concepts (940:215) Facilitated discussion through guided questions and dramatic readings, tests, essays.
  • Conversation and Composition (940:203) Designed activities to enhance speaking and writing skills.
  • Spanish for Native Speakers II (940:201) Examined basic grammar errors, code switching and interference of English.
  • Intermediate Spanish (940:131-132) Integrated activities to include five skill areas to review grammar and enhance oral proficiency.
  • Spanish Review and Continuation (940:121) SPA 105 Utilized small group and whole class activities to achieve grammar and oral proficiency.
  • Elementary Spanish (940:101-102) Taught oral proficiency of grammar with a range of texts, including the video series Destinos, Puntos de partida, Quia online workbook and lab manual, Dos mundos.
  • Expository Writing (350:101) Rutgers Department of English, Composition. Taught peer group and individual editing skills to explore the essay writing process.

Selected Professional Development

  • Prentice Hall Focus Group: Elementary Spanish Textbook Design Input, May, 2007
  • AATSP (American Assoc. of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese) 88th Annual Conference. Salamanca, Spain, June, 2006
  • NJ Statewide Higher Education ESL Conference, NJIT, Newark, NJ, October 22, 2005
  • NJ Dept. of Education World Language Seminar X at Middlesex County College, Sept. 22, 2005
  • RU Professional Development Day, Teaching to Develop Expert Learners, May 19, 2005
  • FLENJ Spring Conference Workshop: Thematic Planning, March 11, 2005
  • TCNJ Dept of Special Ed Language and Literacy Workshop: Task Construction for the Content-Based Classroom, February 5, 2005
  • RU Professional Development Day, Motivating University Students, Jan., 2005
  • FLENJ Workshop in Monroe Twp.: Communicating Important Ideas in the World Language Classroom through Content-based Instruction, Dec. 10, 2004
  • McGraw-Hill Teleconference/Webcast: Teaching and Assessment in the Second Language Classroom, Oct. 27, 2004
  • NJ Dept. of Education World Language Seminar IX at Rutgers University: DOE Update, Oct. 15, 2004

Selected Service Activities at Rider University

  • Student Teacher Supervision: Spring 05, Fall 05, Spring 06, Fall 06, Spring 07
  • Faculty Development Committee, 06-07
  • Rider Education Workshop on Urban Education, May 2007
  • ¡Habla español! Spanish Conversation Hour Advisor/Facilitator, Spring 07
  • NCATE Rejoinder II design, collation and submission, May 1, 2005
  • NJ Dept of Ed. Re-certification Reports for Teacher Certification in French, German, Spanish and ESL
  • Amendments to Foreign Language Ed. Check-sheets: Inclusion of OPI requirements, Recommendations for Elementary Ed. Students for Methods course, Teaching a Second Language
  • NJ Dept. of Ed. OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) University Implementation Steering Committee
  • WAC (Writing Across the Curriculum) Seminar Series on Interdisciplinary University Writing
  • FACT (Faculty Advisory Committee for Technology) Dept. liaison between OIT and Rider faculty members, FACT Technical training May 5, 2005
  • Honor Key Society: Selection Committee and Inductions:05 to present
  • RU International Week Participation: March, 2005, 2006, 2007; Planning Fall 05

Professional Affiliations

  • Modern Language Association
  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
  • American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
  • Northeast Modern Language Association
  • American Association of University Professors
  • American Association of University Women
  • FLENJ (Foreign Language Educators of NJ)
  • Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars
  • Hispanic Association for the Humanities