Professor Larrea studied his Ph.D. in Latin-American literature at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. He earned his M.A in Applied Linguistics (Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language) at Universidad Antonio de Nebrija in Madrid, Spain, he also obtained a B.A and a Licenciatura in Education and ESL from Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima, Peru. He is also a graduate in TSFL from Instituto Cervantes in Madrid. Professor Larrea’s dissertation topic is “The novel of political violence and its connection with the Novela Indigenista in Peru”. His research areas include: The Andean region (Peru, Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia,Colombia),The Latin-American boom (Vargas Llosa, Cortázar & García Márquez), contemporary Latin-American culture and cinema, second language acquisition, teaching Spanish in the US and FL teacher training education.
A native of Peru, Professor Larrea has lived and taught Spanish and ESL at undergrad and graduate level in his home country, Spain and the US for over 20 years.