As a Lecturer in Spanish at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, Vera teaches elementary and intermediate language courses and trains and supervises the Spanish Teaching Assistants. In the past she has taught composition and conversation, as well as courses in Spanish and Latin American literature. She has led workshops on flipped learning, writing instruction, and idioms for culturally-focused language teaching and collaborated with Pearson Education on an assessment of MySpanishLab. She believes that teaching international languages and cultures promotes cultural awareness and empathy in order to create a society in which diversity flourishes. 

Vera’s research explores the convergences of gender, class, ethnicity, and the environment, and she has also collaborated in research on heritage language pedagogies. She is currently working on a book project examining multispecies relationships and climate change in contemporary Latin American and indigenous literature, art and film. Vera has received awards for her scholarly work from the Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica (AILCFH), Feministas Unidas, and the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE), and her articles have appeared in the journals GestosConfluenciaInterdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, and Letras femeninasShe is also co-founder and Production Manager of the digital humanities project Latam-Filmsa bilingual website with critical resources on Latin American women filmmakers. As a Key Researcher in the Humanities for the Environment (HfE) global network, she helped launch the Latin American Observatory and edited the English subtitles for Juan Carlos Galeano’s film El río (The River).

Born in South Korea, Vera spent her formative years growing up in Japan and western Montana. In her free time she enjoys hiking and camping with her family.