Roberto Ayala

Cal State Fullerton – B.A.
UC Irvine – M.A.
Loyola-Marymount University – M.A.

Professional focus: I teach Spanish 2 Honors and Spanish 1 here at Webb. I’m also the frosh girls’ volleyball head coach this year. My expertise is in Latin American Literature and Cinema as well as Latin American History and Culture. I particularly focus on the study of satire, parody, and humor in 20th Century Mexican Literature and enjoy studying literature that maps the city.

Scholarly or professional activities: After obtaining a master’s in urban education from LMU in June 2021, I’m working on completing the necessary requirements for the California single-subject preliminary teaching credential for Spanish.

Years as an educator: 14 years, 6 of those in high school and the rest in institutions of higher education.

Grew up: I was born in Chicago, but I grew up in Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco and Santa Ana (Orange County).

Live on campus: I don’t live on campus, but I’ve lived in Claremont since 2003.

Favorite spot at Webb: The Chapel in the morning and in the evenings.

Favorite music or musician: I love New Wave, Post-Punk, Classic Rock, Rock en Español, R&B, Pop in English and Español, Classical, New Age, Trance, Jazz, Reguetón, Ranchera, Salsa, Bossa Nova…I LOVE all music!

Favorite book or author: Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges, Imagined Communities by Benedict Anderson, Las venas abiertas de América Latina by Eduardo Galeano, and many more…

Favorite TV show or movie: Some of my favorite movies are The Matrix, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Star Wars, Los olvidados, and Amores Perros.

Saturday routine: Go for an early hike, work on house chores, play with my children outside, and prepare a good meal.