Rolena Adorno, Reuben Post Halleck Professor of Spanish and chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, has joined the National Council on the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities announced Thursday. Along with Marvin Krislov, president and professor of politics at Oberlin College, Adorno was nominated by President Barack Obama in July and confirmed by the United States Senate Nov. 5. Adorno and Krislov were sworn in Thursday, Nov. 12. Adorno’s work focuses on “colonial Spanish-American literature and history, manuscript culture and textual transmission in colonial Spanish America and the 19th century origins of Hispanism in the United States.” She is also the author of several books. As a member of the National Council on the Humanities, Adorno’s duties will include reviewing grant applications and advising the NEH chairman.

Correction: November 18, 2009

An earlier version of this article misspelled the surname of Spanish and Portuguese Director of Undergraduate Studies Rolena Adorno.