Jim Citron

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Lecturer of Spanish

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Jim Citron is a Lecturer in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. He also serves as Language and Culture Specialist and Teacher Trainer at Dartmouth's Rassias Center for World Languages and Cultures. His research interests have included the relationships between language and culture, cross-cultural adjustment and re-entry, and third culture formation. He has taught Spanish and Intercultural Communication at the high school, undergraduate, and graduate levels and has held a variety of leadership roles in international educational exchange in the United States and Mexico. When not teaching, you may find him performing improv comedy or volunteering as a Spanish-English medical interpreter at a free health clinic.


Dartmouth Hall, Room 313
HB 6071


Spanish and Portuguese, Spanish and Portuguese


  • AB Dartmouth College
  • EdM Harvard University
  • PhD University of Pennsylvania

Selected Publications

  • Citron, James L. (2013) "U.S. Students Abroad: Host Culture Integration or Third Culture Formation?" In Nana Rinehart and Walter Grünzweig (Eds.), Rockin' in Red Square: Critical Approaches to International Education in the Age of Cyberculture, 2nd Ed., pp. 41-56. Münster, Germany: LIT Verlag.

    Inestrosa, Sergio (2008). "The Cultural History of Reading in the Americas." Translated to English by James L. Citron. In Gabrielle Watling and Sara Quay (Eds.), The Cultural History of Reading. Greenwood Press.

    Mendelson, Vija and James L. Citron (2006). "Bringing it Home: Multifaceted Support for Returning Education Abroad Students." International Educator, XV, 3: 64-7.

    Citron, James L. and Vija G. Mendelson. (2005). "Coming Home: Relationships, Roots, and Unpacking." Abroad View, VIII, 1: 72-4.

    Citron, James L. (2005). "Pollo, Por Favor." Transitions Abroad, XXVIII, 5: 80.

    Citron, James L. and Rachel Kline. (2001) "From Experience to Experiential Education: Taking Study Abroad Outside the Comfort Zone." International Educator, X, 4: 18-26.

    Citron, James L. (1996). "Can Cross-Cultural Understanding Aid Second Language Acquisition? Toward a Theory of Ethno-lingual Relativity." Hispania, 78:1: 106-114.

Speaking Engagements

"Exploring the Relationship Between Language and Culture and its Role in the Professional Development of Language Teachers" (2021). Congreso Internacional de Formadores en la Enseñanza de Lenguas. Virtual Conference Originating in Puebla, Puebla, Mexico.

"Why Culture Matters in Language Teaching" (2019). Plenary Address. 46th International MEXTESOL Convention, Querétaro, Querétaro, Mexico.

"Culture Matters: Preparing International Students for Success" (2019). Faculty orientation workshop. Cardigan Mountain School, Canaan, NH, USA.

"Una exploración de las relaciones entre el lenguaje y la cultura" (2017). 3era Conferencia Annual PRONI (Programa Nacional de Inglés), Secretaría de Educación, Subdirección Regional de Educación Básica. Texcoco, Estado de México, Mexico.

"Preparing U.S.-Based Faculty to Direct Programs for U.S. Students Abroad" (2013). Pre-Conference Workshop with Robin Melavalin and Lisa Chieffo. 65th Annual Conference of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, St. Louis, MO, USA.

"Third Culture Formation Revisited: Where Are We Today?" (2013). Conference Panel with Lilli Engle, and Charles Morse. 9th Annual Conference of The Forum on Education Abroad. Chicago, IL, USA.

"Exploring the Relationships Between Language and Culture." (2011). Invited Plenary. Jornadas Académicas y de Investigaciión de Lenguas, Universidad Autónoma de Chiapas, Escuela de Lenguas, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, Mexico.

"Evaluation and Assessment in Study Abroad Programs." (2007) Panel Presentation with Michael Sternberg, Brian Whalen and Joseph Tulbane. NCSU Undergraduate Assessment Symposium, Cary, NC.

"Training for Active Learning: Engaging the Environment in Seville and Beyond." (2006). Conference Workshop with Sarah Martin and Vija Mendelson. 59th Annual Conference of The Council on International Educational Exchange, Seville, Spain.

"Roots, Relationships, and Shoeboxes." (2006). Closing Plenary. New England Area Study Abroad Student Re-Entry Conference. Cambridge, MA, USA.

"Bursting the Dartmouth Bubble on Off-Campus Programs: A Workshop for Faculty Directors." (2005). With James Dorsey. Sponsored by the Office of Off-Campus Programs and the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning. Hanover, NH, USA.

"Real World: Student Perspectives on Experiential Learning and its Outcomes." (2005). Moderator of Student Panel. 58th Annual Conference of The Council on International Educational Exchange. Miami, FL, USA.