Melissa Frost

Lecturer of Spanish
New Cabell Hall 436
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M.A., Spanish. Dept. of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, University of Virginia (2012)

B.A., Spanish and International Studies, University of Oregon (2010)


Herbs that Madden, Herbs that Cure: A History of Hallucinogenic Plant Use in Colonial Mexico

Research Interests

  • Colonial Latin America
  • Ethnopharmacology
  • History of Mexico
  • Inquisition of New Spain
  • Paleography
  • History of Witchcraft
  • Translation and Theories of Translation


  • Spanish 4040: Translation
  • Span 3300:Texts and Interpretation
  • Span 3130: Advanced Spanish Conversation
  • Span 3010: Grammar Review
  • Spanish 2020: Advanced Intermediate Spanish
  • Spanish 2010: Intermediate Spanish
  • Spanish 1016, 1026, 2016, 2026: Spanish Summer Language Program
  • Spanish 2010-2020: Intermediate and Advanced Intermediate Spanish (Valencia)


“Diciendo desatinos hasta casi el día: The Trial of an Ocuituco Elder and Evidence of Hallucinogenic Plant Use in New Spain.” LASA/ERIP (Ethnicity, Race, and Indigenous Peoples in Latin America and the Caribbean). Virginia Commonwealth University. Richmond VA. Oct 14-17 2015.

“Entre el olvido y el anonimato: La desintegración de identidades ante la frontera en ¿Ha estado usted alguna vez en el mar del norte? de Cristina Rivera Garza.” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. Lexington KY. April 10-12, 2014.

“We Do Not See What They See: Spanish Imperial Discourses and Entheogens in the Americas.”(Des)Articulaciones. 4 th Biennial - Graduate Student Conference. Ebbs, Flows and Limits: Dialogues and Cultural Productions from the Periphery. University of Pittsburg, October 25-26, 2013.