Samford University’s Department of World Languages and Cultures welcomed Sara Ortega-Higgs as Postdoctoral Assistant Professor of Spanish this fall.
Born in Spain to missionary parents, Ortega-Higgs spent her formative years in Grenoble, France. The family relocated to Puerto Rico in 1999, and she became a French instructor at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) while pursuing a doctoral degree in Hispanic Studies (UPR) and a second one in Romance Languages Studies (Université Stendhal-Grenoble 3). In 2004, she received her first teaching appointment in the continental United States at Lee University, where she served as a Spanish and French language professor 2005-2021.
Ortega-Higgs’ research interests include medieval Castilian poetry of the 15th century, gender studies and contemporary Spanish novels. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed academic journals both in Spain and Latin-America. Her passion for human rights and social justice has led her to serve as a translator for several nonprofits and for families seeking to adopt children overseas.
Ortega-Higgs and husband Chad have two sons, Isaac and Samuel. The family enjoys traveling, youth ministry, global missions work and the national Spanish soccer team.