Diane Birginal received her B.A. in Spanish and International Studies from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1988. After living in Salamanca, Spain, for two years, she returned to the U.S. and began work on her graduate degree. She obtained an M.A. in Spanish Linguistics, with an emphasis in translation theory, from Arizona State University in 1995. She has worked in the field of international educational exchange, both with U.S. students studying abroad and with international students studying in the U.S. She also has experience as a freelance translator. Ms. Birginal has been teaching Spanish at the university level since 1996; she joined the Gonzaga University faculty in 2001.