Melissa Frost

Melissa Frost

Assistant Dean and Assistant Professor, General Faculty
Monroe Hall 268
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  • Ph.D., Spanish. Dept. of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, University of Virginia (2017)
  • ​M.A., Spanish. Dept. of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, University of Virginia (2012)
  • ​B.A., Spanish and International Studies, University of Oregon (2010)

My ongoing research focuses on the history of traditional hallucinogenic plant consumption in Mexico during the colonial period. I trace reoccurring themes across pre-Columbian codices, colonial texts, and present-day ethnographic studies to reconstruct consumption habits, ritual contexts, and syncretisms amongst the diverse community of New Spain. I also consider how policies in the United States and Mexico affect the autonomy of present-day indigenous communities. My favorite part of my research involves visiting archives. In addition to my focus on colonial history, I am interested in discussing the evolving situation at the United States-Mexico border with my students. I have taught translation, literature, and language courses through the Department of Spanish, Italian & Portuguese since 2010.

I thoroughly enjoy advising students on their short and long-term career goals. I am particularly fond of encouraging students to embrace the study of languages and incorporate study abroad opportunities into their UVa experience. As a first-generation college graduate, I also find immense satisfaction in helping students connect with the abundant resources on Grounds that are dedicated to their success. Please call 434-924-3351 to arrange a time to meet with me!