Christine Atkins, Ph.D.

DepartmentLanguages and CulturesChristine Atkins, Ph.D. at Albertus Magnus College
TitleProfessor of Spanish & Latin American Language, Literature, and Culture
Chair of the Department of Languages and Cultures
BackgroundB.A., University of Chicago, 1991
M.A., University of Chicago, 1992
M.A., M.Phil., Yale University, 1994
Ph.D, Yale University, 1999
OfficeAquinas Hall, Room 234
Phone(203) 401-4071

Español Básico I y II
Español Intermedio I y II
Conversación avanzada y composición
Senior Seminar
20th-century Latin American and Spanish Film
Major Writers of Latin American Literature
Issues of Anxiety & Assimilation in Puerto Rican and Nuyorican Literature
Revolutionary Literature & Culture of Cuba
The Short Stories of Borges, Kafka, and Poe
Borges y sus precursores: Borges, Kafka y Poe
Introducción a la literatura latinoamericana del siglo XX
Introducción a la literatura latinoamericana
The Boom of Latin American Literature
Issues of Social Justice in Latin American Literature
Siglo de Oro: Teatro y poesía


Dr. Christine Dolan Atkins earned her B.A., cum laude, and M.A. degrees in Romance Languages and Literatures from the University of Chicago. As an undergraduate, Christine was a varsity basketball player and cross-country runner. A Dean’s List recipient, she was one of two students selected to study abroad and spent several years living in Spain. During this time, she played basketball for the Universidad de Sevilla’s National Team. Dr. Atkins received her PhD from Yale University, Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Dr. Atkins’ research interests include 20th and 21st-century Latinx literature, film, and cultural studies, with a focus on post-revolutionary Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Nuyorican literature. 

Dr. Atkins is currently entering her sixteenth year at Albertus where she serves as Chairperson of the Department of Languages & Cultures. She served as the Director of the Honors Program from 2010 to 2020. During this time, she created leadership, service, experiential learning, and scholarship opportunities, revised program requirements, and increased retention and four-year graduation rates from 8% to an average of 85% from 2017 to 2020. Dr.  Atkins is Faculty Mentor to the Albertus women’s basketball and softball teams. Dr. Atkins served as Chair of the Faculty from 2019 - 2021, Co-Chair of the Student Life and Experience Committee on the College’s last two strategic plans, and Co-Chair of the College’s 2021 NECHE Self-Study. 

Prior to teaching at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Connecticut, where she is a full-time Professor of Spanish & Latin American Literature, Dr. Atkins taught at the University of Chicago, Yale University, Skidmore College, Suffolk University, and Boston College.

In addition to teaching at Albertus Magnus, Dr. Atkins has been tutoring privately since she was a graduate student at Yale. Dr. Atkins quickly assesses a student’s needs, gaps, and potential. She is personable, professional, and has an excellent rapport with her students who range in age from middle school through college.

Involved as a coach of Unified Sports/Special Olympics for over a decade, she also continues to run in community and charity events. Dr. Atkins resides in Woodbridge, Connecticut with her son Jack, currently a student at the University of Chicago.

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Collaborated on The Oxford Book of Latin American Short Stories (1997) and A History of Cuban Baseball (1999) by Roberto González Echevarría
Translated Ricardo Güiraldes's "El trenzador" for The Oxford Book of Latin American Short Stories (1997)
Edited Ventanas, an intermediate text for Vista Higher Learning, 2002
Faculty advisor, Entérate, a student-run magazine at Suffolk University, 2003 - 2004
Member of Sigma Delta Pi national Hispanic Honors Society and National Collegiate Honors Council

AffiliationsCoach, Special Olympics/Unified Sports, Amity High School, 2005 - present