Dr. Lorenz received her Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Arizona with a specialization in contemporary Latin American literature and minor areas in Pre-Colombian-18th Century Hispanic Literature and 19-21st Century Spanish Literature. During her time spent in Arizona, Dr. Lorenz taught language, culture and literature courses in the Spanish major and minor curricula and won an Excellence in Teaching award from the University of Arizona College of Humanities. Dr. Lorenz currently teaches basic-level Spanish courses and is working to develop a Spanish program at Avila University.
Dr. Lorenz’s research interests focus on the importance of the family in Hispanic countries, as portrayed in literature, and an examination of how the presence or absence of family shapes the psyche. She continues to present research papers both nationally and internationally on these topics. In addition, Dr. Lorenz has published numerous translations, which include two books of poetry.