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Irune Gabiola

Associate Professor - Spanish Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Irune Gabiola

Office Hours

  • from 12:15 PM to 1:00 PM
  • from 2:15 PM to 3:30 PM
  • from 12:15 PM to 1:00 PM
  • from 2:15 PM to 3:00 PM


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A native from Bilbao (Basque Country), I moved to the US in 2000 to pursue graduate studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. Due to my early exposure to different cultures and languages living in France and Belgium as I was growing up, I decided to study Latin American and Caribbean cultures while familiarizing myself with feminisms, queer studies, postcolonial and transatlantic studies. My research, teaching and personal interests intersect and overlap thus allowing me to continue further readings on issues related to social justice, diversity, community based learning, etc.

At Butler, I have developed courses including "Women on the Road: Representations on Women's Migrations in Hispanic Cultures", "Slavery in the New World", "Revisiting History through Film", or "The Role of Sports in the Construction of Gender, Sexuality, Race and National Identity" among many others. These courses inform personal interests and help introduce students with a multiplicity of perspectives on identity, critical thinking and sociocultural awareness. I am lucky to work at a University where I can expand my curiosity to always learn new material through teaching courses that I am passionate about and connecting them with research. This flexibility is uncommon in most of higher education. 

In the same line, my area of research has been extended due to the possibilities offered to explore new geographical areas, and to all the financial support provided by Butler. 

Currently, I direct the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, working with an incredible group of friends/colleagues who are constantly fighting against discrimination, inequality and the oppressed through their teaching, research and service. We offer a wide range of courses that include feminist, and queer studies along with resistance for social change

Outside of Butler, I  live with my partner in the walkable community of Broad Ripple whose vibrancy is reflected in the numerous bars, restaurants, coffee places, and  natural surroundings. This diverse village is connected to the university through the Canal Tow Path that I use daily when biking to work.

Indianapolis is home, as is my hometown Bilbao where I go every summer to spend time with my family. I also love participating in study abroad programs and the learning trips organized by the Global and Historical Studies program.  Thanks to them, I have been able to live in Mexico, Costa Rica and Argentina.

Walking, biking, kayaking, watching football, or playing piano are other activities I enjoy doing while in Indy.

Curriculum Vitae