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Teresa Ko

You probably know Teresa Ko as an associate professor of modern languages and Ursinus’s Latin American studies coordinator, but did you know…

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Teresa was born in Argentina and also raised in Mexico and South Korea, giving her a unique perspective on the world.

She focuses her academic studies on issues of race in Argentina, particularly how ideas about race are constructed and communicated through cultural products like film and literature.

“I became interested in this topic because I was born and raised in Argentina, where I was taught in school and in everyday interactions that it was homogeneously and exceptionally of European descent,” she says, adding, “Of course, this is not true, but the process of dismantling this myth is still in progress.”

One of her non-academic passions is tennis. She enjoys playing the sport and even says that if she wasn’t working at Ursinus, she would love to be a tennis player or a novelist.

On and off campus, Teresa enjoys folk protest music, eating good food and watching films. A recent favorite is El abrazo de la serpiente (Embrace of the Serpent), directed by Ciro Guerra.