Galen Yorba-Gray, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Spanish


  • B.A., Southern California College
  • B.A., California State University, San Bernardino
  • M.A., University of California, Riverside
  • Ph.D., Texas Tech University


My main areas of interest, both personal and professional, are somewhat diffuse:
Spanish Middle Ages, expressions of the prophetic voice in Latin America, music, the natural 
world and ecology, language acquisition, gardening, poultry, etc. 


1. “The Maccabean Recollection in the Poema de Fernán González.”
Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos 32.2 (Invierno 2008): 271-290.

2. “The Personal Narrative Journal in the Christian Foreign Language Classroom.” JCFL 7 (2006): 44-66. 

3. “Don Quixote till Kingdom Come: The (Un)Realized Eschatology of Miguel de Unamuno.” Christianity and Literature 54.2 (Winter 2004): 165-182.

4. “La caracterización mariana de la Providencia en el Laberinto de Fortuna.” La corónica 32.2 (Spring, 2004): 172-90.

5. “The Future as Eschatological Presence in Juan de Mena’s Laberinto de Fortuna.” Journal of Christianity and Foreign Languages 5 (Spring 2004): 23-39.

6. “La Christiada in its Colonial Context.” Hispania 85.1 (March 2002): 1-11.

7. “Scriptural Authority in the Quijote: Target for Subversion?” Journal of Christianity and Foreign Languages 3 (Spring 2002): 31-47.


Sabbatical Project– Fall of 2013, research in Córdoba, Spain related to: El trasfondo judeocristiano del Laberinto de Fortuna de Juan de Mena (The Judeo-Christian Background of Juan de Mena’s Laberinto de Fortuna)

  • Theatrum mundi: metáfora y espacio dramático en el Laberinto de Fortuna
  • Entre dos reinos: la presencia del futuro en el pensar meniano 
  • Alusiones bíblicas: el trasfondo judeocristiano vital del poema
  • La caracterización mariana de la Providencia

Discurso y forma profética en Laberinto de Fortuna (Collaboration with David W. McKeithen, 2013 PLNU graduate and research associate)
Research and Special Projects (RASP), Fall 2013; sabbatical research
Wesleyan Center for Twenty-first Century Studies; grant towards preparing the manuscript for publication, Spring 2014
Honors project, 2013-2014, David W. McKeithen

1. “Dramatic space in Juan de Mena’s Laberinto de Fortuna: 
The Beginnings of Theatrum Mundi in fifteenth-century Spain.” Southwest Conference on Christianity and Literature,  Oklahoma City, October 5-6, 2012.

 2. “Facilitating the Prophetic voice in Christian Higher Education through the Foreign Language Immersion Classroom” NACFLA Conference at Abilene Christian University, April, 2011.

3. “Making the Foreign Language Immersion Classroom Effective and Enjoyable” ACSI Conference, Anaheim, CA, November 2010.