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Molly Tun

Assistant Professor of Spanish | World Language and Culture Studies

Biography

Molly Tun joined the Department of World Languages as an Assistant Professor of Spanish in 2019 and comes with over a decade of teaching experience from the University of Minnesota, the University of St. Thomas, and St. Olaf College. She has led many initiatives on diversity and inclusivity on college campuses and strives to make her classroom an open and student-centered space. She enjoys researching topics in pre-Hispanic and colonial Latin America and is an expert of indigenous knot records. She is currently the national director of the Latin American Network of Ethnomathematics and on the board of the Maya Society of Minnesota. When not on-campus teaching, she is usually traveling with family (to Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Peru) and hope to continue learning and practicing the Yucatec Maya language. 

Expertise

Pre-Hispanic cultures, colonial Latin America, indigenous knot records (quipus), Spanish Language and Pedagogy, Central America, Mexico, and the Andes.

Credentials

Ph.D. The University of Minnesota in Hispanic and Lusophone Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics, 2015

M.A. The University of Minnesota in Hispanic and Lusophone Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics, 2011

B.A. The University of St. Thomas, 2009

Selected Publications

Peer-edited articles:

Tun, Molly. “Colonial Cruelty: The Expression and Perpetuation of Violence in Theodor de Bry’s America.” Bulletin of Hispanic Studies. vol. 95, no. 2, 2018, pp. 145-162.

Tun, Molly. “Jacinto Canek: Memories of a Maya Rebel, Hero, and Prophet.” Rebeldes históricos en el imaginario mexicano, special issue of Hispanic Journal, Special Number, vol. 38, no. 2, 2017, pp. 33-48.

Tun, Molly, and Filomeno Zubieta Núñez. “Los quipus funerarios y tributarios de Cuspón y Chiquián: hoy y ayer.” Historia y cultura: Revista del museo nacional de arqueología, antropología e historia del Perú, vol. 28, 2017, pp. 403-421.

Tun, Molly. “Conversations, Controversy, and Calculations in an Unpublished Chilam Balam of Yucatan.” ETD – Educ. Temat. Degit., vol. 19, no. 3, 2017, pp. 687-711.

Tun, Christian, and Molly Tun. “Contar y clasificar plantas en maya: el caso de la etnobotánica y la etnomatemática en Yucatán.” Revista Latinoamericana de Etnomatemática, vol. 10, no. 2, 2017, pp. 53-68.

de la Hoz Molinares, Ever, Omar Trujillo Varilla, and Molly Tun. “La geometría en la arquitectura de la vivienda tradicional arhuaca.” Revista Latinoamericana de Etnomatemática vol. 10, no. 1, 2017, pp. 37-49.

Tun, Molly. “What do Math and Language have in Common? Lessons from Foreign Language Learning.” 25th Anniversary Edition, Part II, special issue of Journal of Math and Culture, vol. 10, no. 3, December 2016, pp. 148-168.

Tun, Molly, Armando Aroca Araujo, Elidia Castillo Guerra, Sergio Pou Alberú, Domingo Yojcom Rocché, María Elena Gavarrete, William Oswaldo Flores López, and Leonel Morales Aldana. “El programa etnomatemático en Centroamérica y Norteamérica.” Revista Latinoamericana de Etnomatemática, vol. 9, no. 2, 2016, pp. 202-237.

Edited volumes and prologues:

Tun, Molly (ed). Revista Latinoamericana de Etnomatemática, vol. 9, no. 2, June 2016.

Tun, Molly. “The Current State of Ethnomathematics” in Tun, Molly (ed). Revista Latinoamericana de Etnomatemática, vol. 9, no. 2, June 2016.

Encyclopedia Entries:

Tun, Molly. “Ethnomathematics.” The Encyclopedia of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine of Non-Western Cultures. 3rd ed., 2014.

Tun, Molly. “Quipu.” The Encyclopedia of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine of Non-Western Cultures. 3rd ed., 2014.