Dr. Ernest Rafael Hartwell

Assistant Professor of Spanish

BA in Spanish and Religious Studies, NYU 2010
PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures, with a specialty in 19th-century Latin American Literature, Harvard University 2017

(360) 650-2038

Miller Hall 228

Monday 3:30-5pm, Thursday 10-11:30am, or by appointment

Current Courses

Fall: SPAN 301 - Grammar and Composition &  SPAN 332 - Introduction to Latin American and Latinx Culture

Winter: SPAN 301 - Grammar and Composition & SPAN 450 - Outlaws and Law in Latin American Novels

Spring: SPAN 332 - Introduction to Latin American and Latinx Culture & SPAN 340 - Introduction to Hispanic Literature

Ernest Rafael Hartwell's teaching and research areas are in 19th-century Latin American, Caribbean, and Philippine literature. He engages with methods in postcolonial thought, critical race theory, and cultural studies, within the fields of Hispano-Philippine studies and Caribbean studies. His current research project, borne of his doctoral dissertation, examines experiments in prose (travel writing, historiography, novels) aimed to counteract colonial divisions and disparities by 19th-century anticolonial writers of the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Cuba, Spain's last remaining overseas colonies at the time. 

On campus, Ernest teaches Spanish language courses, Latin American culture and literature courses, and advocates for diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. Off campus, he enjoys playing basketball, wandering through nature, learning new languages, cooking Filipino food, and finding the best tacos in every city (check out Mi Rancho and Tacos el tule in Bellingham!).

Selected Publications


Ernest Rafael Hartwell. 5/2019. “Bad English and Fresh Spaniards: Translation and Authority in Philippine and Cuban Travel Writing.” UNITAS, 92, 1, Pp. 43-74.  unitas-92-1-ernest-hartwell-bad-english.pdf


Ernest Rafael Hartwell. 11/15/2018. “Imperial Endnotes: The First Filipino and Boricua Historians.” Latin American Literary Review, 45, 90, Pp. 53-67. lalr_90_6_hartwell_proof3.pdf


Ernest Hartwell. 10/1/2012. “Bodies (un)made: Aging and Violence in Two Argentine Novels.” Transverse Journal, 2012, 12, Pp. 21-42. Publisher's Version