Santa Clara University

Modern Languages and Literatures department

Rose Marie Beebe, Ph.D.

Department: Modern Languages
Title: Professor

Office: Kenna 225-C
Phone: 408-554-4962


Biographical Information

I graduated from SCU in 1976 with a B.A. in Spanish and in 1977 I earned my teaching credential to teach high school Spanish. At that time high school teaching jobs were scarce so I decided to pursue graduate studies. I applied to Stanford University,was accepted into their Ph.D. program in Spanish, and received my doctorate in 1983. I have been teaching Spanish at SCU since Fall 1978 working my way up from lecturer to the highest rank which is Full Professor. I have been blessed with outstanding students throughout the years– they are what keep the job exciting. However, the highlight of my years at SCU will always be that here is where I met my wonderful husband (and SCU history professor!) Robert M. Senkewicz.


Courses Taught
  • Spanish 120     Major Works of Spanish Literature I
  • Spanish 121     Major Works of Spanish Literature II
  • Spanish 122     The Spanish Picaresque Novel
  • Spanish 123     Siglo de Oro Drama
  • Spanish 124     Realism in the 19th-Century Spanish Novel
  • Spanish 125     Colloquium: Spanish Literature and Culture
  • Spanish 130     Survey of Latin American Literature I
  • Spanish 165     Don Quixote
  • Spanish 195     Spanish Translation I
  • Spanish 196     Spanish Translation II


Research Interests
  • California during the Spanish and Mexican periods
  • Translation of nineteenth-century Californio Testimonios. Current work involves the translation of Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo's five-volume memoir.
  • Translation of the correspondence of Fr. Junípero Serra from Spanish to English.


Selected Publications
  • 2006Testimonios: Early California through the Eyes of Women, 1815-1848.
  • 2002Guide to the Manuscripts Concerning Baja California in the Collections of The Bancroft Library.
  • 2001 Lands of Promise and Despair: Chronicles of Early California, 1535-1846.
  • 1996 Antonio María Osio's 'The History of Alta California': Memoirs of Mexican California. Winner of the Norman Neuerberg Prize for Scholarship in Early California History. Given by the Historical Society of Southern California, 2003

Selected Publications

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