Catherine Addington

PhD Student / SIP webmaster
New Cabell Hall 436
Office Hours:
Tue/Thu 9:30–10:30am or by appointment


Ph.D., Spanish, University of Virginia (projected 2021)
M.A., Spanish, University of Virginia (expected 2018)
B.A., Latin American Studies, New York University (2015), magna cum laude

Research Interests

  • Religion in Spanish America, particularly missionary narratives, conventual literature, hagiography, and indigenous belief systems
  • The making of saints, myths, and icons in both religious and secular contexts
  • The history, politics, and culture of soccer, especially in Argentina
  • Digital humanities


  • Intermediate Spanish (SPAN 2010): fall 2016–spring 2018
  • Collaborated with students on a class playlist in conjunction with the grammatical and cultural curriculum in spring 2017
  • Led students in a writing workshop and creation of a class magazine, “SPAN 2010 Mag,” as part of action research into foreign-language composition in fall 2016

Selected Publications & Presentations

Grants & Awards

Current Positions

  • Webmaster, Department of Spanish, Italian & Portuguese at UVa
  • Graduate Makerspace Technologist, Scholars' Lab at Alderman Library
  • Instructor, SPAN 2010-018

Laura Aguilar García

Lecturer of Spanish
New Cabell Hall 418
Office Hours:
Appointment Only


M.A., TESOL and Spanish, West Virginia University (2014)

B.A., English literature and linguistics, University of Murcia (Spain) (2012)

Research Interests

  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Teaching Spanish as a second language
  • Teaching English to speakers of other languages

Teaching Philosophy

I maintain a strong dedication to teaching languages in part because I like to teach, and in part because I feel very comfortable in the teaching environment. Since I was a child, I knew that language would be a very important part of my life. As a teacher, my goal is to prepare the students for the process of acquiring a language, as well as guiding and helping them to achieve success. For me, teaching is the connection that you create between you and your students. I believe that a good teacher should be the one who acts as a facilitator not as an authority, the one who provides the knowledge in the most suitable ways, not the inaccessible prominent figure who knows everything, in short, the one who guides and helps the students in the process of learning. In my opinion, learning is not the act of reading and memorizing the content of the book. Specifically, learning a language is a difficult process that goes beyond studying. As children learn languages without implicit instruction, teachers cannot assume that studying from books will lead to understanding and acquiring knowledge. A good teacher should be aware of the different students’ learning styles. I am familiar with different teaching methods, and I always use the one who best addresses the students’ necessities. I believe that each teaching method has weaknesses and good points, and in my opinion, the combination of the strengths of each one works very well when teaching languages. I also provide in my classes a variety of different activities in order to address different learning styles, as well as to keep my students motivated. A good classroom environment is very important for me. After many years not only as a teacher, but also as a second language learner, my experience in the field of second language acquisition tells me that I know what learning a language involves. Perhaps that is why students feel always that I am a very close teacher, and that I really understand their problems in terms of language acquisition.


University of Virginia (2014-present)

Spanish 1060: a four-credit accelerated introductory level hybrid course designed to provide a thorough foundation in all the language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Spanish 2020: this is a flipped class, which means that students learn grammar and vocabulary at home, and class time is devoted to meaningful, authentic, and communicative practice. Class is conducted in Spanish only. Students use an e-portfolio to submit work and engage in collaborative learning.

University of West Virginia (2012-2014)

Spanish 101: is the first in the initial series of Spanish courses, and it is designed for students who have had no previous Spanish instruction.

Spanish 200: intensive course, it is the third and forth in the initial series of Spanish courses, and it is designed for students who have successfully completed Spanish 101 and 102, or its equivalent.

Professional Organizations

National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi

  • Active member of Zeta Zeta Chapter (University of Virginia)
  • Member of Delta Tau Chapter (University of West Virginia)

Housing and residence life

2016 – present - Faculty liaison at Casa Bolivar

Casa Bolivar houses about two dozen students, providing them with an atmosphere to improve their Spanish and to earn one academic credit in the process. Casa Bolívar is open to all upper class undergraduates. For more information on the Spanish House, please refer to the Spanish House website or our Facebook page.

La Casa Bolívar is located on Jefferson Park Avenue, between la Maison Française, and the Shea House.

Andrew Anderson

Professor of Spanish
New Cabell Hall 469
Office Hours:
Thursday 3:15pm-4:30pm and by appt

Research Summary

Andrew A. Anderson is Professor of Spanish in the Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. He holds a B.A., M.A. and D.Phil. from Oxford University. Before coming to Virginia, he taught at Oxford University and the University of Michigan. Specializing in later nineteenth-century and twentieth-century Peninsular literature, his research is principally concerned with Spanish poetry and theatre from the 1890s through to the 1930s, as well as literature and film of the Spanish Civil War.

Professor Anderson has published twelve books and critical editions of Spanish literature, over seventy articles and book chapters, twenty-five bibliographies and fifty book reviews, and he has lectured extensively in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, England, Scotland, France, and Spain. In 1995 he was awarded the Excellence in Research Award, and in 2000 the Michigan Humanities Award, both by the University of Michigan; in 1996-2000 he held an Honorary Research Fellowship at the Centre for the Study of the Hispanic Avant-Garde (University of Aberdeen); and he has received grants for his research from the British Academy, the American Philosophical Society and the Spanish Ministry of Culture.

Professor Anderson’s recent publications span such topics as nineteenth- and twentieth-century Spanish narrative, García Lorca’s poetry, Futurism, theatre production in the 1920s, Salvador Dalí, etc. He published the first critical edition of the original manuscript of Lorca’s Poeta en Nueva York in 2013. His book concerned with the origins and foundation of the Spanish historical avant-garde movement Ultraísmo was published in 2017, while his next, forthcoming monograph documents and analyses the reception of Cubism, Futurism, and Dada in Spain in the 1910s and 20s.  A complete list of his publications is available here Listofpublications


D.Phil., Oxford University

M.A., Oxford University

B.A., Oxford University


Recent Books

La recepción de las vanguardias extranjeras en España: cubismo, futurismo, dadá. Estudio y ensayo de bibliografía (Sevilla: Renacimiento, forthcoming).

El momento ultraísta. Orígenes, fundación y lanzamiento de un movimiento de vanguardia (Madrid/Frankfurt: Iberoamericana/Vervuert, 2017).

Federico García Lorca en Nueva York y La Habana. Cartas y recuerdos, jointly authored with Christopher Maurer (Barcelona: Galaxia Gutenberg, 2013).

Federico García Lorca, Poeta en Nueva York, edición del original (Barcelona: Galaxia Gutenberg, 2013).

Ernesto Giménez Caballero: The Vanguard Years (1921-1931) (Newark, DE: Juan de la Cuesta, 2011).

El veintisiete en tela de juicio. Examen de la historiografía generacional y replanteamiento de la vanguardia histórica española (Madrid: Gredos, 2005).

Recent Articles

“La colaboración teatral Ricardo Baeza–Mimí Aguglia (1926),” Anales de la Literatura Española Contemporánea, 42 (2017), 817-840.

"Lorca’s ‘Cielo vivo,’ the Other Lake Eden Poem,” Symposium, 71 (2017), 28-47.

“Approaching Lorca’s Viaje a la luna: Structural Patterns, Symbolic Concatenation, and El público,” Hispanic Review, 85 (2017), 1-21.

Diván del Tamarit,” Poéticas. Revista de Estudios Literarios, 2, no. 2 (2016), 5-25.

“Picture in Picture: Interpolation and Framing, Past and Present in David Trueba’s Soldados de Salamina,” Hispanic Research Journal, 17 (2016), 152-167.

“Necessary Sacrifices: From Romanticism to Naturalism in Galdós’s Marianela,” Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 92 (2015), 907-929.

Paysage d’Âme and Objective Correlative: Tradition and Innovation in Cernuda, Alberti, and García Lorca,” Modern Language Review, 110 (2015), 166-183.

“The Idiosyncratic Narrator in Javier Cercas’s Soldados de Salamina,” Neophilologus, 98 (2014), 599-615.

“Futurism in Spain: Research Trends and Recent Contributions,” International Yearbook of Futurism Studies, 3, Special Issue on Iberian Futurisms (2013), 21-42.

“‘Yo me froto las narices con las truchas del mar Rojo’: la poesía ultraísta de César González-Ruano,” Salina, 24 (2010) [pub. 2012], 45-56.

“Narrative Structure and Epistemological Uncertainty in Carmen Laforet’s Nada,” Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 88 (2011), 541-561.

“Concha’s Raven Locks: Narration, Motive and Character in Valle-Inclán’s Sonata de otoño,” Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, 88 (2011), 437-454.

“Sex, Flippancy, Autobiography: Existential Palliatives in Valle-Inclán’s Sonatas,” Hispanic Review, 78 (2010), 387-409.

“The Travel Guide as Avant-Garde Soapbox: Ernesto Giménez Caballero’s Trabalenguas sobre España,” Hispanic Research Journal, 11 (2010), 241-258.

“Andrea’s Baggage: Reading (in) Laforet’s Nada,” Romance Quarterly, 57 (2010), 16-27.

“América y la construcción crítica de la ‘Generación del ’27,’” in Actas del Congreso Internacional “El 27 en América,” ed. Joaquín Roses (Córdoba: Diputación de Córdoba–Delegación de Cultura, 2010), pp. 73-100.

Grants & Awards

Research Award, Spanish Ministry of Culture

Research Grant, American Philosophical Society

Research Grant, British Academy

Honorary Research Fellowship at the Centre for the Study of the Hispanic Avant-Garde (University of Aberdeen) (1996-2000)

Michigan Humanities Award, University of Michigan (2000)

Excellence in Research Award, University of Michigan (1995)

Sarah Annunziato

Assistant Professor in Italian, General Faculty
New Cabell Hall 482
Office Hours:
Monday 10:00am-11:00am & Wednesday 12:00pm-1:00pm and by appt


Ph.D.: The Johns Hopkins University, Italian, Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures (2007)

B.A.: Smith College, Italian and Government, Cum Laude, Department of Italian Languages and Literatures and Department of Government (2000)

Research Interests

  • Italian Children’s Literature, Media, and the History of Childhood in Italy
  • Film Adaptation and the Italian Cinematic Tradition
  • Italian-American Relations From the 19th -Century to the Present
  • Italian Crime Fiction
  • Italian-Language Pedagogy


University of Virginia


  • Dante’s Inferno on Film
  • Italian Crime Fiction
  • Giovanni Verga: Dal Verismo al Neorealismo
  • I Promessi Sposi Oggi
  • Tempi di Guerra: Representations of World War II in Italian Culture
  • Filmmaking by the Book: Literary Adaptation and the Italian Cinematic Tradition


  • Elementary Italian I
  • Intermediate Italian I & II
  • Growing Up Italian-Style: Children’s Literature
  • Italian Political Thinkers
  • Italian Mystery Novels
  • Gothic Florence
  • Italian-American Cinema
  • Law and Order in Italy
  • The Art of Writing Fiction (creative writing in Italian)
  • Mafiosi vs. Wiseguys (comparative cinema)
  • Frenemies? Italy and the U.S., Cross-Cultural Perspectives
  • Italian History and Culture Through Film

College of William & Mary

  • Elementary Italian I and II
  • Intermediate Italian I and II
  • Foreign Language Teaching Practicum (Team Taught)
  • Italian Language Through Film
  • Upper Intermediate Conversation and Composition

Graduate Advising

MA Theses:

Jacob J. Shirley, The Lost Boys of Italia: Scioltezza and Peter Pan Syndrome in Calvino’s Males, 2014-2015.

Alicia Mi Persson, Kim Ki-duk: Reflections of Reality and Fantasy, 2012-2013. 


University of Virginia

Faculty Coordinator and Language Program Director, 1000-2000 level ITAL courses, 2016-present.

Editor: La Vendemmia, The Newsletter of the Italian Studies Program at The University of Virginia.

Organizer of Italian Studies Cineforum.

Language Judge, Dolcissimo: Speak the Sweet Life.

Moons and Bonfires: An Archive of Italian-American History. ITTR 3559: Italian American Cinema. Web.

College of William & Mary

Faculty Advisor, La casa italiana, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, 2006-2011.

Teaching Assistant Supervision, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, 2007-2011.



“Discomfort Food: Food, Anxiety, and Panic in Italian American Mafia Films and Television Shows.” VIA: Voices in Italian Americana. 28:1 (2017): 15-29. 

Guest-Starring Dante Alighieri: References to Inferno on American Television.” Americana: The Journal of American Popular Culture, 1900-Present. 15.1 (Spring 2016).

“Targeting the Parents Through the Children in the Golden Age of Italian TV Advertising: The Case of Carosello.” Co-authored with Francesco Fiumara. Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies. 3.1-2. (March 2015): 11-26.

“A Child’s Eye View of Where the Wild Things Are: Lessons from Spike Jonze’s Film Adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s Picture Book.” Journal of Children and Media. 8.3. (June 2014): 253-266.

“The Amanda Knox Case: The Representation of Italy in American Media Coverage.” The Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television. 31.1. (March 2011): 61-77.

Diavoli della Casa? Storie di Isterismo in Cinque Romanzi Italiani.” Rivista di Studi Italiani. 28.2. (December 2010): 66-72.

Book Chapters

“A Woman.” Italian Literature and Its Times. World Literature and Its Times. Vol. 7. Ed. Joyce Moss. Detroit: Thomson Gale, 2005. 483-491.

“We Won’t Pay.” Italian Literature and Its Times. World Literature and Its Times. Vol. 7. Ed. Joyce Moss. Detroit: Thomson Gale, 2005. 473-481.

Book Reviews

Media Technology: What Makes it ‘Addictive?’ Dir. Anthony Cristiano. Reviewed in The Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies. 4.3 (2016): 463-465.

The Transatlantic Gaze: Italian Cinema American Film. Mary Ann McDonald Carolan. Reviewed in The Journal of Transatlantic Studies. 13.3 (2016): 309-310.

Approaches to Teaching Collodi’s Pinocchio and Its Adaptations. Ed. Michael Sherberg. Reviewed in Annali d’italianistica. 5 (2007): 492.


“America as a Symbol of the Future in the Novels of Emilio Salgari,” Children’s Literature Association 2017, Tampa FL, June 2017.

“The Talented Mr. Ripley: A Scenic and Murderous Tour of Italy,” American Association for Italian Studies Annual Conference, Baton Rouge, LA, April 2016.

“Reazione a Catena: Improving Italian Fluency Through Television,” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington, KY, April 2014.

“Sex, Lies, and Stereotypes: Images of Italy in American Media Coverage of the Amanda Knox Case,” Lecture, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA, March 12, 2014.

“Dante in Primetime: References to Dante’s Inferno on American Television,” Dante Here and Now, High and Low, Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, January 2014.

“‘Alla Fine dei Corsi, Tutti al Mare:’ Teaching with Carosello,” American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Annual Convention and World Languages Expo, Philadelphia, PA, November 2012.

“Awakening the Language Instinct: Supporting Students with Language Learning Disabilities,”

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Annual Convention and World Languages Expo, Boston, MA, November 2010.

“Magical Puppets and Friendly Dragons: Important Moments in Italian Children’s Literature,” Lecture, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ, October 27, 2009.

“Favole al Telefonino: How Claudio Rinaldi’s L’arcobaleno delle favole Reflects Major 20 th - Century Innovations in Children’s Education in Italy,” 81 st Annual South Atlantic Modern Language Association Convention, Atlanta, GA, November 2009.

“Bringing Italy Home: Life in an Italian-Speaking Dormitory,” 80 th Annual South Atlantic Modern Language Association Convention, Louisville, KY, November 2008.

“Autobiography and Adaptation in Disney’s The Adventures of Pinocchio,” AATI Annual Conference, Washington DC, October 2005.

Grants & Awards

2017-2018: Faculty Course Enhancement and Development Grant (co-recipient: Dr. Francesca Calamita), The Institute for World Languages at The University of Virginia.

2017: Grant Team Member, A Gendered Wor(l)d, led by Dr. Francesca Calamita. The Institute for World Languages at The University of Virginia.

2016-2017: Grant Team Member, Dolcissimo: Speak the Sweet Life, led by Dr. Francesca Calamita. The Institute for World Languages at The University of Virginia.

2000-2001: Singleton Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University.

Tommy Antorino

PhD Student
New Cabell Hall 436
Office Hours:


Ph.D., Spanish, University of Virginia (expected 2019-2020)
M.A., Spanish, University of Virginia (2016)
B.A., Spanish, Loyola University Maryland (2014)

Research Interests

  • 19th- and 20th-century Spanish narrative
  • Modernist/Avant-garde poetry
  • Female writers


  • Intermediate Spanish (Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Summer 2016)
  • Advanced Intermediate Spanish (Fall 2015, Spring 2016)
  • Grammar and Composition I (Fall 2016, Spring 2017)


“Non-Place and Identity in Álvaro Mutis’s Ilona llega con la lluviaI” Graduate Student Lecture Series, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA (Fall 2015)

Grants & Awards

Del Greco Library Travel Stipend for Summer Study in Salamanca (Summer 2015)

Nuria Ballesteros Soria

Lecturer of Spanish
New Cabell Hall 417
Office Hours:
Tuesday & Thursday 3:30pm-4:30pm and by appt


M.A., Teaching Spanish as a Second Language, Menéndez Pelayo International University (UIMP), Santander, Spain (2016-present)

M.A., TESOL and Linguistics, WVU, Morgantown, WV. (2016)

University Teaching Certificate – WVU, Morgantown, WV. (2016)

B.A. in Translation and Interpreting – Universidad de Valladolid (UVa), Soria, Spain (2014)

  • Coursework focused on Legal and Business Translation (EN, DE, ES). Sworn EN-ES Translator and Interpreter appointed by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (No. 9944).

Study Abroad –  Fachhochschule Köln, Cologne, Germany (2011-2012)

Research Interests

  • Second language acquisition
  • teaching innovation
  • idiomatic language
  • pragmatics
  • social media
  • peer feedback
  • holistic assessment
  • student motivation


ELE USAL Mallorca (Spain)

  • Spanish language and culture courses for children (elementary, intermediate, and advanced)
  • Spanish language and culture courses for adults (elementary, intermediate, and advanced)
  • Preparation courses for official exams on the Spanish language and culture
  • Conversation courses
  • Spanish teacher training courses

West Virginia University

  • SPAN 101 (Elementary)
  • SPAN 102 (Intermediate)
  • SPAN 203 (Upper-intermediate)

Goldenberg Berufskolleg (Germany)

  • Elementary Spanish through cooking

Gymnasiums Rodenkirchen (Germany)

  • Elementary Spanish through music

Selected Presentations

“Liderazgo transformacional: una experiencia colaborativa de formación-acción en equipos de trabajo.” V Jornada de Innovación Docente de la UVa: Los Universos Docentes, UVa, Valladolid, Spain. April 2016.

“Pragmatic Competence: Techniques to Promote Authentic Language Use in ESL Contexts.” WVTESOL 19th Annual Spring Conference, INTO Marshall University, Huntington, WV. March 2016.

"Building Students' Self-confidence and Creativity through Music, Video, and ICT.” WVFLTA Conference, West Virginia State University, Institute, WV. October 2015.

“Video Production: A Powerful Framework to Engage Students in L2 Learning.” WVTESOL 18th Annual Spring Conference, Marshall University, South Charleston, WV. April 2015.

"Multilingualism, a Linguistic and Cultural Treasure for the 21st Century.” 14th Annual Graduate Research Symposium, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. March 2015.

"Vocabulario: La tecnología y las comidas.” Sabor Hispano: Fin de Semana de Inmersión 2015. American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, Morgantown, WV. March 2015.

“Coaching Prospective Translators and Interpreters through Training-Action Methodology: a Case Study at the University of Valladolid, Spain.” II Seminario Internacional Traducción y Humanismo. La Traducción y los Sentidos, Soria, Spain. July 2014.

“Actuar para aprender, aprender para actuar: una experiencia colaborativa de formación-acción en equipos de trabajo.” V Jornada de Innovación Docente de la UVa: Innovar para crecer, crecer para innovar, UVa, Valladolid, Spain. December 2013.

Grants & Awards

Nomination for Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant (WVU) (2016)
Student ambassador scholarship (University of Valladolid) (2016)
Robert J. Elkins Development Fellowships (WVU) (2015)
Premio Extraordinario de Licenciatura. Valedictorian excellence grant (University of Valladolid) (2014)
Research scholarship at the Department of English Studies at the University of Valladolid (Spanish Ministry of Education and Science) (2013-2014)
Study abroad scholarship (German Academic Exchange Service) (2013)
Fellowship at the Office of International Students (University of Valladolid) (2012-2013)
Intercultural communication – Summer School Scholarship (Fachhochschule Köln) (2012)

Karina A. Baptista

PhD Student / LASP webmaster
Office Hours:


Ph.D.,Spanish, University of Virginia (expected 2020)
M.A., Spanish, Yale University (2016)
M.A., Hispanic Studies, University of Kentucky, 2014
B.A., Spanish, St. Mary’s College of California (2011), magna cum laude
  • Minor: Politics

Research Interests

  • Literature and film of contemporary Latin America and Spain
  • The Global South
  • Plague as metaphor
  • Representations of justice, particularly the recurrence of Nemesis in Latin American narratives
  • Digital humanities


  • SPAN 1010 and 1020, summer 2017, University of Virginia in Alajuela, Costa Rica
  • SPAN 1020, spring 2016 and 2017, University of Virginia
  • SPAN 2010, fall 2016, University of Virginia


“El derecho a la muerte.” Verso y Flor Revista Literaria en Español de Saint Mary’s College of California 1 (2011): 11–15.

Creative writing pieces in Alumbre Fanzine 15, 16, 19, 21, 23, 27, 29 (2014–present).

Translation of Juan Calatrava, “City and Architecture in Rousseau’s Thought,” in Leonor Ferrao and Luis Manuel A. V. Bernardo (eds.), Views on Eighteenth Century Culture. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015, pp. 20–43.


“Defying Nemesis: The Confessional World of El llano en llamas.” Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, March 2017.

“El apóstrofe epistolar en Querido Diego, te abraza Quiela de Elena Poniatowska.” Mountain Interstate Foreign Languages Conference, Harrisonburg, Virginia, October 2016.

“Demiurgo en el intersticio: las negociaciones subalternas en ‘Tercera derrota: 1941 o El idioma de los muertos’ de Alberto Méndez.”  Kentucky Foreign Languages Conference, Lexington, Kentucky, April 2016.

“Becoming Authentic:  The Lesbian Continuum in Todo sobre mi madre.”  XXIII Congreso Anual de la Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica, Claremont, California, October 2013.

Grants & Awards

  • Lyman T. Johnson Academic Fellowship, University of Kentucky, 2012–2014
  • Graduate School Academic Year Fellowship, University of Kentucky, 2012–2013
  • Lezama Lima Award for Excellence at Intellectual Inquiry, Saint Mary’s College of California, 2011
  • Annual Local 159 Scholarship, Saint Mary’s College of California, 2008–2011
  • Honors at Entrance Scholarship, Saint Mary’s College of California, 2008–2010

Allison Bigelow

Assistant Professor of Spanish
New Cabell Hall 433
Office Hours:
On leave until January 2019

Research Summary

I study the history of colonial science and technology, especially vernacular sciences like agriculture and mining. I apply literary methods to texts that fall between the “gap” of history and literature – technical treatises, memoriales de arbitristas, legal papers – to unearth the rich literacies and intellectual agencies of understudied groups, like women and indigenous experts.
My book project, Cultural Touchstones: Mining, Refining, and the Languages of Empire in the Early Americas (committed to UNC Press/OIEAHC), examines how European and indigenous empires responded to the same metallic materials in different ways. Each chapter focuses on a specific metal – gold, silver, copper, iron – and a discursive question that emerges from writers’ treatment of them: time, translation, form, and genre. My research has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies (2017-8), Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation at UVa (2016), the National Endowment for the Humanities (Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2012-2014), Huntington Library (2012, 2016, 2017-2018), Latin American & Iberian Institute at the University of New Mexico (2013), John Carter Brown Library (2010, 2018), and the US Department of Education (FLAS: Yucatec Maya, 2009 and 2011).
At UVa, I teach graduate courses on colonial science (SPAN 7800) and Latin American digital humanities (SPAN 7559), co-taught with Rafael Alvarado. At the undergraduate level, I teach seminars on colonial translation (SPAN 4500), indigenous literatures (SPAN 4500), and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, and I collaborate with students on research projects (SPAN 4993 -- see "Student Collaborations" below). Students in these courses have opportunities to pursue creative projects and publish original research for scholarly audiences and general readerships, two ways of making academic research available to the public. I also coordinate our Maya K'iche' classes (1010-2020), which are taught by Mareike Sattler (Vanderbilt, Anthropology) as part of the Duke-UVa-Vanderbilt Consortium for Less Commonly Taught Languages.
From January 2018-2023, as part of my service to the profession, I will serve on the MLA Comparative 18th Century Studies Forum.
To learn more about my research and teaching, please consult my C.V.


Ph.D., English, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (2012)

M.A., English, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (2007)

B.A., Spanish, University of Maryland-College Park (2003)

B.A., English, University of Maryland-College Park (2003)


Book project (in progress)

Cultural Touchstones: Mining, Refining, and the Languages of Empire in the Early Americas (committed to the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture for the University of North Carolina Press)


“Imperial Translations: New World Missionary Linguistics, Indigenous Interpreters, and Universal Languages in the Early Modern Era.” American Literature and the New Puritan Studies, ed. Bryce Traister (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017), 93-110. (googlebooks link)

“Colonial Industry and the Gendered Language of Empire: Silkworks in the Virginia Colony, 1607-1655.” European Empires in the American South, ed. Joseph P. Ward; aft. Kathleen DuVal (Oxford, M.S.: University of Mississippi Press, 2017), 8-36.

“La dote natural: género y el lenguaje de la vida cotidiana en la minería andina.” Anuario de estudios bolivianos 22, vol. II (2016): 145-168. ISSN: 1819-7981.

“Women, Men, and the Legal Languages of Mining in the Colonial Andes.” Ethnohistory 63.2 (2016): 351-380. doi 10.1215/00141801-3455347.

“Incorporating Indigenous Knowledge into Extractive Economies: The Science of Colonial Silver.” Journal of Extractive Industries and Society 3.1 (2016): 117-123.

“Conchos, colores y castas de metales: El lenguaje de la ciencia colonial en la región andina.” Umbrales 29 (2015): 15-47. ISSN: 1994-4543. Digital copy available from la Universidad Mayor de San Andrés (La Paz, Bolivia).

“Gendered Language and the Science of Colonial Silk.” Early American Literature 49.2 (Summer 2014): 271-325. doi: 10.1353/eal.2014.0024

“Lost in Translation: Knowledge Transfers and Cultural Divergences in Early Modern Spanish and English Silver Treatises.” Moneta, ed. Georges Depeyerot, Catherine Brégianni, and Marina Kovalchuk (Wetteren, Belgium: Agence Nationale de la Recherche-Dépréciation de l’Argent Monétaire et Relations Intérnationales, 2013): 237-260. Collection Moneta #156. ISBN: 9789491384240.

“La técnica de la colaboración: redes científicas e intercambios culturales de la minería y metalurgía colonial altoperuana.” Anuario de estudios bolivianos 18 (2012): 53-77. ISSN: 1819-7981.

“Imperial Projecting in Virginia and Venezuela: Copper, Colonialism, and the Printing of Possibility.” Early American Studies, Special Issue: The Global Turn in Colonial Studies, ed. Mary Eyring, Chris Hodson, and Matthew Mason. 16.1 (forthcoming, Winter 2018): 91-123.

“Feminism in the New Millennium: Reflections from a Colonial Classroom.” Roundtable on Early Modern Feminist Studies with Merry-Weisner Hanks, Allyson M. Poska, Sheila ffolliott, Bronagh Ann McShane, and Karen Nelson, ed. Whitney Leeson, Sixteenth Century Journal (forthcoming, winter 2018). 2,300 words.

“Transatlantic Quechuañol: Reading Race Through Colonial Translations.” PMLA. 9,000 words. Accepted for publication on 19 June 2017.

Traduttore, traditore o traduttore, soccorritore: La traducción y la recuperación del saber andino en la época colonial.” ISTOR. Special Issue: “El estudio de la minería latinoamericana: Escalas de abordaje, diversas fuentes y reflexiones teórico-metodológicas,” ed. David Navarette and Lorena Rodríguez (forthcoming, Summer 2018). 7,100 words. Revisions due 22 Dec. 2017; submitted 4 Dec. 2017.

“‘Baço’, ‘Brown’ y ‘un milieu’: La traducción de los colores y las categorías de las castas de metales,” De quelle couleur est le sang? Sémantiques et représentations sociales de la race: Une perspective globale du Moyen Âge tardif au XXIe siècle, ed. António de Almeida Mendes and Alejandro E. Gómez (Madrid: Collection de la Casa de Velázquez). Due 10 September 2017; submitted 7 June 2017. 6,000 words.

Selected Digital Projects & Student Collaborations

Multepal. Collaborative effort to build a digital edition of the Popol Wuj (Spring 2017, as part of SPAN 7559/4993).

“Recreating the Archive.” Faculty Global Research with Undergraduate Students (Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation; with Rebecca Graham, CLAS 2017).

Podcast: “The Science of Colonial Silver: Rethinking the History of Mining and Metallurgy in the Early Americas.” History Hub: Kingdom, Empire, and Plus Ultra (University College Dublin), 8 August 2016.

Guest editor, Early Americas Digital Archive. Eleven digital critical editions of colonial-era texts translated, transcribed, and annotated by undergraduate and graduate students at UVa and William & Mary.

Wikipedia editor, “Literatura indígena” (SPAN 4500, Spring 2016). Students could choose to write seminar papers (individually) or Wikipedia pages (in groups) about indigenous literatures and cultures. Projects include: deities from Mesoamerica and the Andes; musical traditions of the Suyá people of Brasil; spiritual practices of the Achuar people of Ecuador; Nahua writer Hernando de Alvarado Tezozómoc; León Portilla’s Visión de los vencidos; modern retellings of Guaman Poma.

Mining the Languages of Empire in the Early Americas.” The Appendix 2.1 (2014): 14-21. This quarterly journal encourages interdisciplinary approaches to experimental and narrative histories, especially image-rich, interactive articles that are designed for digital platforms.

Selected Grants & Awards

Barbara Thom Postdoctoral Fellowship, Huntington Library, Pasadena, CA, 2017-2018
Faculty Global Undergraduate Research, Center for Global Inquiry & Innovation, UVa, Fall 2016
Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Research Award, University of Virginia, Summer 2016
Huntington Library Fellowship (NEH/OIEAHC), Pasadena, CA, Summer 2016
Faculty Summer Stipend for Research in the Humanities, University of Virginia, Summer 2015
Richard E. Greenleaf Fellow, Latin American and Iberian Institute, UNM, Albuquerque, Jan. 2013
Dibner Fellow in the History of Science, Huntington Library, Pasadena, CA, Summer 2012
Mellon Summer Dissertation Fellowship, Institute for the Study of the Americas, UNC, May 2012
Dissertation Fellowship & Summer Research Award, Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, UNC, Summer & Fall 2011
John Carter Brown Library Fellow, Providence, RI, Spring 2010 (4 months) and 2018 (3 months)
FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Study), Yucatec Maya, US Dept. of State, Summer 2009 & 2011

Nicole Bonino

PhD Student
New Cabell Hall 462
Office Hours:
W/F 2-3pm or by appointment


Ph.D., University of Virginia (expected 2020)
  • Major Area: Latin American Literature
  • Minor Area: Global and Gender Studies
M.A., University of Virginia (2016)
  • Major Area: Spanish Literature
M.A., University of Turin (2013)
  • Major Area: English and Spanish Language and Literature
  • Minor Area: Italian Language and Literature
B.A., University of Turin (2011)
  • Major Area: Comparative Literatures
  • Minor Area: Latin and Greek Language and Literature

Research Interests

  • Gender Studies
  • Migration and Global Movements
  • Digital Humanities
  • Comparative Literatures and Languages
  • 19th Century Peninsular Literature
  • 19th and 20th Century Latin America
  • Argentinian and Italian Culture


My field of specialization involves both Latin America and Peninsular culture and literature during the 19th and 20th century. After studying late twentieth-century peninsular literature, focusing attention on the counter-cultural movements born in Spain and Italy after the end of Francoism and Fascism, my research moved towards Enlightenment and Romanticism. My academic research is focused on the Italian migration to Argentina (1880-1930) investigated through the support of literary examples. My doctoral research deals in particular on issues such as nationalism and racism (“En la sangre” by Cambaceres and “Imagined Communities” by Anderson), gender (“El mar que nos trajo” by Gámbaro), and linguistic creations (with a focus on the creation of Lunfardo and Cocoliche as consequences of global changes).


University of Virginia

University of Virginia in Valencia (Spain)

  • Intensive summer school
  • Responsible for teaching: SPAN 2010 (intermediate), SPAN 2020 (advanced)

University of Turin

  • Teaching Assistant for students with disabilities
  • Responsible for tutoring students with disabilities and assisting the professors


  • MLA Modern Language Association: “Language Change: The Creation of the Jargon Lunfardo as Linguistic Reaction to the 20th Century Global Migration”; New York, New York, USA, January 4-7 (2018).

  • GSLS Graduate Student Lecture Series: “Familias burguesas, mujeres y dinero en El porvenir de las familias de Juan de Alba”; Charlottesville, Virginia, USA (2017).

  • KFLC Kentucky Foreign Languages Conference: “Cruzando fronteras: el viaje renacentista de Antonio Pigafetta entre curiosidad y atrevimiento”; Lexington, Kentucky, USA, April 19-21 (2017).

  • ACTFL American Council on the Teaching Foreign Languages: “Guided Inductive Approaches on the Learning of a Second Language Grammar”; San Diego, California, USA, November 20-22 (2015).

  • UVA University of Virginia: “Inductive and Deductive Approaches in Teaching Spanish as a Second Language”; Charlottesville, Virginia, USA, November 21st (2014).

Grants & Awards

  • Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese Summer Research Funds
    Used to research at the Centro Studi Emigrazione Roma (Italy) (Summer 2017)
  • Valencia Summer Program
    Used to teach intensively Spanish grammar for five weeks at the UVA in Valencia Center in Valencia (Spain) (Summer 2017)
  • Center for Global Inquiry+Innovation Award for the Centro Studi Emigrazione Roma CSER (Italy)
    graduate summer research (Summer 2017)
  • Center for Global Inquiry+Innovation Award for the Summer School on Global Studies at the University of Bologna, sponsored by Duke University, University of Virginia and University of Bologna (Spring 2016)
  • Ministry of Education, Universities, and Research (MIUR) Fellowship as Italian Teaching Assistant (Spring 2014)
  • University of Turin Assistantship for Disabled Students (Spring 2014)
  • Region of Piedmont Auschwitz-Birkenau Trip Memory Grant (Spring 2008)
  • European Union Historical Essays Competition (Spring 2007)

Joanne Britland

PhD Student
New Cabell Hall 458
Office Hours:


Ph.D., Spanish Literature, University of Virginia (expected 2019)

M.A., Spanish, Bowling Green State University

B.A., Spanish, James Madison University

B.A., Communication (Concentration in Public Relations), James Madison University

Research Interests

  • 20th and 21st-Century Peninsular Literature
  • Crisis Literature and Cultural Production
  • Transatlantic Studies
  • Spanish Civil War
  • Brazilian Studies


University of Virginia

  • SPAN 3300, Texts and Interpretation (2017)
  • SPAN 3010, Spanish Grammar and Composition (2016-2017)
  • SPAN 2020, Advanced Intermediate Spanish  (2015-2016)
  • SPAN 2010, Intermediate Spanish (2014-2016)
  • UVa Hispanic Studies in Valencia, Intermediate & Advanced Intermediate Spanish (Summer 2016)

Bowling Green State University

  • SPAN 102, Elementary Spanish II (2009-2010)
  • SPAN 101, Elementary Spanish I BGSU (2009-2010)
  • BGSU in Alcalá de Henares, Spain, SPAN 101 & SPAN 102 (Summer 2009 & Summer 2010)

International Teaching Experience

  • AP Spanish IV & V, Spanish Language & Literature, PACA, São Paulo, Brazil (2011-2013)
  • Portuguese Level 1, PACA, São Paulo, Brazil (2011-2013)
  • English as a Foreign Language (EFL), Colegio Magerit, Madrid, Spain (2010-2011)


“E-portfolios in World Language Teaching, Learning, and Assessment” The Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) Southeast Regional Conference. Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. November 2016

“Self-exploration through the examination of “the Other” in the works of Clarice Lispector: Can the subaltern speak in Brazil?” Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference (MIFLC). James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA. October 2016

“Using E-portfolios in Assessment of Foreign Language Learning: The UVa Experience.” Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference (MIFLC). James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA. October 2016

“John Yungjohann: Traveler, Fortune Seeker, and Adventurer in Nineteenth-Century Amazonia.” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (KFLC). The University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY. April 2016

“Which Grouping Activity Best Promotes Participation in the Classroom?” Action Research in the Foreign Language Classroom: Institute of World Languages Round Table on Foreign Language Teaching and Learning. The University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. November 2014.

Grants & Awards

Charles Gordon Reid, Jr. Fellowship, Groningen, Netherlands & Valencia, Spain (2017)

Sigma Delta Pi National Graduate Research Grant (2017)

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) South Atlantic Studies Fellow (2017)

UVa All-University Graduate Teaching Award, Nominee (2016)

Del Greco Library Grant, Salamanca, Spain (2015)


Electronic Portfolios in Foreign Language Teaching and Learning Project, Project Manager (2015-Present)

Sigma Delta Pi, Graduate Student Representative (2017)

Institute of World Languages (IWL), Graduate Student Representative (2014-2016)

Francesca Calamita

Assistant Professor in Italian, General Faculty
NCH 482
Office Hours:
Monday & Wednesday 1:00pm-2:00pm and by appt

Research Summary

Dr Francesca Calamita’s interdisciplinary research, transnational and anchored in feminist theory, bridges Italian women’s writing, cultural studies and gender studies. More specifically, she investigates how women’s relationship with food and body is portrayed in fiction, pop culture, advertisements, video performances and films. Her research interests also include medical humanities and migrant literature.

She is the author of the monograph Linguaggi dell’esperienza femminile: disturbi alimentari, donne e scrittura dall’Unità al Miracolo Economico (2015), featured in the prestigious literary journal Nuovi Argomenti, a number of peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Francesca has also organized symposia over the course of her teaching fellowship at Victoria University of Wellington (2013) and Visiting Fellowship (2013-2014) at the University of London’s Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women’s Writing where she continues to serve as an associate member.  She is co-editor of a volume on anorexia and bulimia in French, German and Italian literature, funded by a Buckner W. Clay Dean of Arts and Sciences grant and she is working on a new edited collection on gender, women and food. Dr Calamita is a member of the interdisciplinary research network “Hungry for Words”, based at the University of Nottingham and funded by AHRC, where in July 2016 and January 2018 she was an invited speaker at the inaugural and final workshops of the collective. Dr Calamita is also interested in second language acquisition and in the intersections between Italian language and gender and serves as the Institute of World Language Reading & Research Group's team leader.

Her teaching interests complement her research in gender systems, global modes of exchange, and foodways. At Victoria University of Wellington Dr Calamita taught and coordinated a number of courses in Italian and European Studies. At UVa, she is also the project leader for Dolcissimo: Speak the Sweet Life, a second language acquisition and food studies project funded by the Institute of World Languages, and for A Gendered Wor(l)d: Grammar, Sexism and Cultural Changes in Italian Language and Society, a multimodal learning experience which allows students to engage critically with Italian media and to become sensitive to the gendered politics of language.


Ph.D., Victoria University of Wellington (2013)

M.A., Università degli Studi di Bergamo (2008)

B.A., Università degli Studi di Perugia (2005)

Research Interests

  • Italian women’s writing
  • Gender Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Representations of food and the body in diverse genres -- especially fiction, pop culture, advertisements, and film
  • Medical Humanities
  • Literatures of Migration


  • ITTR/WGS3559 “My Body, My Choice: Women’s Rights in Modern Italy”
  • ITTR/WGS3680 “Eve’s Sinful Bite:Foodscapes in Women’s Writing, Culture & Society”
  • ITAL2020 “Intermediate Italian Language II”
  • ITAL2010 “Intermediate Italian Language I”
  • ITAL1020 “Elementary Italian II”
  • ITAL1010 “Elementary Italian I”
  • ITAL4993 “Independent Study” – Elena Ferrante (Biyuan Gu)
  • ITAL4993 "Independent Study" – Michela Marzano (Avery Morrison)
  • ITAL 4989 Distinguished Major Thesis Director – Postcolonial Women's Writers: Igiaba Scego (Mary Collins)

Selected Publications


Linguaggi dell’esperienza femminile: disturbi alimentari, donne e scrittura dall’Unità al Miracolo Economico (Padua: Il Poligrafo, October 2015)

Edited volumes

Starvation, Food Obsession and Identity: Eating Disorders in Contemporary Women’s Writing, co-edited with Petra Bagley and Kathryn Robson (“Studies in Contemporary Women’s Writing”, Peter Lang: Oxford, 2017)

Eve’s Sinful Bite: Foodscapes in Italian Women’s Writing, Culture and Society, co-edited with Claudia Bernardi and Daniele De Feo (in preparation)

Selected Articles

‘“Fainting is one way of disappearing. Anorexia is another’: Disorderly Eating in Louise De Salvo’s Vertigo”. (in preparation)

“Tastefulness: Fashion, Food, Lust and Domesticity in Matilde Serao’s ‘La virtù di Checchina [Checchina’s Virtue]’ (1884),” altrelettere, DOI: 10.5903/al_uzh-28 February 2015.

“Voracious Dolls and Competent Chefs: Negotiating Femininity and Masculinity in Italian Food Advertisements of the 1990s-2010s,” Gender/Sexuality/Italy, 1, May 2014, pp. 1-13.

“Storytelling and Female Eating Habits at the turn of the Twentieth Century: Italo Calvino’s ‘Zio Lupo’ and Neera’s ‘Uno Scandalo,’” AUMLA, Special Issue, Refereed Proceedings of the 2011 AULLA Conference: Storytelling in Literature, Language and Culture, April 2012, pp. 67-75.

“Unspoken Feelings: Comparing the Feminism of Sibilla Aleramo’s Una donna and the Social Battle of the Present-day Anorexic,”Skepsi, vol. 4, 1 (2011), pp. 1-11.

Selected Book Chapters

“Beyond Size and Weight: Gianna Schelotto’s “La ragazza che mangiava la luna [The Girl who Ate the Moon]” (1992) (in preparation for the edited volume I am coediting with Claudia Bernardi and Daniele De Feo on women, gender and food)

“On the Verge of Emotional Hunger: Anorexia, Bulimia and Interpersonal Relationships in Contemporary Italian Women’s Writing”, eds. Petra Bagley, Francesca Calamita and Kathryn Robson, Starvation, Food Obsession and Identity: Eating Disorders in Contemporary Women’s Writing (“Studies in Contemporary Women’s Writing”, Peter Lang: Oxford, 2017), pp. 67-89.

“Resistance through Starvation: Refusal of Food, Empowerment and Eating Disorders in Natalia Ginzburg’s short story ‘La madre’ (1948)”, Women in the Public Sphere in Modern and Contemporary Italy, eds. Marina Spunta, Simona Storchi and Maria Morelli (Troubador: Leicester, 2017), pp. 41-52.

Bird-Like-Eating Attitudes, Fat-Shaming and Ideal Body Shape in Italian Women’s Writing of the 1930s-1940s,” Bridges Across Cultures Conference Proceedings in collaboration with Voces del Caribe, eds Angela Tumini, Tim Wagner and Amparo Alpanes, pp. 60-67. (September 2016)

“Discussing Women’s Social Role through Paradoxical Behaviours: Starvation and Self-empowerment in Neera’s Teresa (1886) and L’indomani (1889),”Gendering Commitment: Re-thinking Social and Ethical Engagement in Modern Italian Culture, ed. Alex Standen (Cambridge Scholar: Newcastle, 2015), pp. 9-26.

Book Reviews

Enrico Cesaretti’s Fiction of Appetite, Journal of Modern Italian Studies, 20: 2, Feb 2015, pp. 273-75.

Anna Banti’s Artemisia Gentileschi: Trial at Savella Court (Translated by Giuliana Sanguinetti Katz and Anne Urbancic), Quaderni d’italianistica, vol. xxxv, 1, 2014, pp. 159-161.

Michela Marzano’s Volevo essere una farfalla. Come l’anoressia mi ha insegnato a vivere, La Libellula – Rivista di Italianistica, n. 4, December 2012, pp. 143-44.

Digital Work

Natalia Ginzburg e la rappresentazione dell’esperienza femminile”, Nuovi Argomenti, June 2016.

"Michela Marzano. Biography, Bibliography and Criticism", Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women's Writing, May 2017.

Recent Presentations

"My Body, My Choice?”: Present-day Beauty Standards and the Backlash of Patriarchy in Francesca Lolli’s Video Performances”, ACLA, University of Utrech, 6-9 July 2017

Book launch Linguaggi dell'esperienza femminile, Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Studies, University of London, 26 June 2017

“Beauty Standards, Photoshop Effects and Patriarchal Indoctrination: Francesca Lolli’s How It Has To Be (2014)”, Cinema Conference, American University of Rome, 9-10 June 2017

“Identica a loro?”: Food, Identity and Religion in Igiaba Scego’s “Salsicce” (2003), NEMLA 2017, Baltimore, 23-26 March 2017

“Dolcissimo: A Delicious Way to Learn Italian Language and Culture Outside the Classroom”, NEMLA 2017, Baltimore, 23-26 March 2017

“Gendering Pathologies: Anorexia and Bulimia in Present-day Italian Women’s Writing”, Interdisciplinary Research Network on Male Anorexia workshop, 18-19 July 2016 (keynote contributor)

“Anorexia and the Politics of Food in Natalia Ginzburg’s short story ‘La madre’” (1948), American Association of Teachers of Italian Annual Conference, 22-27 June 2016, Universities of Naples “L’Orientale” and “Federico II”.

“Landscaping Eating Disorders in Contemporary Italian Women’s Writing: Gianna Schelotto’s Una fame da morire [Starving to Death], Alessandra Arachi’s Briciole [Crumbs] and Michela Marzano’s Volevo essere una farfalla [I wanted to be a butterfly]”, Perugia Food & Sustainability Studies Conference, 9-12 June 2015, Umbra Institute, Perugia.

"Peccatrici di Gola, Mistresses and Homemakers:  Representation of Femininities in Present-day Italian Food Advertisements”, Canadian Society for Italian Studies Conference, 19-21 June 2015, Sant’Anna Institute, Sorrento.

“Challenging Societal Expectation on Womanhood: Wanda Bontà’s Signorinette”, Women in Italian, 12 March 2015, The University of New York (invited speaker).

Selected Grants & Awards

Institute of World Languages, UVa, Course Enhancement and Developement Grant (2017)

Institute of World Languages, UVa, Language Program Grant (2017)

Institute of World Languages, UVa, Travel Grant (2016)

College of Arts and Sciences, UVa, Selected for the “Faculty Seminar on the Teaching of Writing” (2016)

Institute of World Languages, UVa, Language Program Grant (2016)

College of Arts & Sciences, Learning & Design Technology, UVa Development stipend (2016)

AATI (American Association of Teachers of Italian), Travel Grant (2016)

AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK) and the University Nottingham, Travel and Research Grant (2016 and 2017)

Buckner W. Clay Dean of Arts and Sciences, UVa, AHSS Research Grant (2015)

Institute of World Languages, UVa. Language Program Grant (2015)

Visiting Fellowship, Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women’s Writing, University of London (2013-2014)

Teaching Fellowship, Victoria University of Wellington (2013)

Eli Carter

Assistant Professor of Portuguese
New Cabell Hall 441
Office Hours:
Monday & Wednesday 1:00pm-2:30pm and by appt

Research Summary

Eli Carter is an Assistant Professor of Luso-Brazilian Literature, Film, and Television. He holds a BA in Communications from the University of California, Davis and a PhD in Hispanic Languages and Literatures from the University of California, Los Angeles.  Professor Carter's research focuses broadly on Brazilian Culture(s) with an emphasis on television and popular culture.  His current work, “Reimagining Contemporary Brazilian Television Fiction,” is forthcoming from the University of Pittsburgh Press. This book-length project that examines Brazilian television through the singular mode of production and aesthetics in film and television director Luiz Fernando Carvalho's oeuvre.


Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, Hispanic Languages and Literatures (2013)
M.A., University of California, Los Angeles, Luso-Brazilian Literature (2008)
B.A. University of California, Davis, Communications (2004)
Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, University of California Education Abroad Program (2003)


Carter, Eli Lee. Reimagining Brazilian Television: Luiz Fernando Carvalho’s Contemporary Vision. Forthcoming with The University of Pittsburgh Press. 92,000 words.
Carter, Eli Lee. Reimagining Contemporary Brazilian Television Fiction. Forthcoming with The University of Pittsburgh Press. 

Carter, Eli Lee. “Silence behind the Talk of Crime: Representations of Violence in a Sample of Contemporary Brazilian Film and Television.” Accepted for publication by A Contracorriente. 10,450 words.

Carter, Eli Lee. “Representing Blackness in Brazil’s Changing Television Landscape: The Cases of Mister Brau and O Grande Gonzalez.”  Accepted for publication by the Latin American Research Review.10,700 words.

Carter, Eli Lee. "Entering through the Porta dos Fundos: The Changing Landscape of Brazilian Television Fiction.” Television & New Media 18.5 (2017): 410-426. 8,050 words.

Carter, Eli Lee. "Rereading Dom Casmurro—Aesthetic Hybridity in Capitu.” Machado de Assis em Linha (Universidade de São Paulo) 7.13 (2014): 19-43. Web. 6,200 words.

Carter, Eli Lee. "Afinal, o que Querem as Mulheres?: Luiz Fernando Carvalho's Metafictional Critique of Brazilian Television Fiction." Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies 23.4 (2014): 363-379. 7,500 words.

Selected Grants & Awards

Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation, Faculty Global Research with Undergraduates (UVA, 2017)
Center for the Americas Travel Grant (UVA, 2017)
AHSS Research Support (UVA, 2016-2017)
Summer Stipend Award, (UVA, 2016)
AHSS Research Support, (UVA, 2015-2016)
Summer Stipend Award, (UVA, 2015)
Page Barbour Conference (UVA, 2015) for the March 2016 conference, “From Cold Wars to Drug Wars.”
Excellence in Diversity Fellowship (UVA, 2013-2014)
Distinguished Teaching Assistant Fellowship (UCLA, Academic Senate, 2010-2011)
UCLA Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award, 2010
Graduate Research Mentorship Fellowship (UCLA, Graduate Division, 2009-2010)
Tinker Field Research Grant (UCLA, Latin American Institute, 2008)
Distinguished Teaching Assistant of the Year, UCLA Department of Spanish and Portuguese, 2008-2009
First-Year Distinguished Teaching Assistant, UCLA Department of Spanish and Portuguese, 2007-2008
Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Grant (UCLA, Graduate Division, 2007)
Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship  (UCLA, Graduate Division, 2006-2007)

Enrico Cesaretti

Associate Professor of Italian
New Cabell Hall 459
Office Hours:
Monday & Wednesday 1:00pm-2:00pm and by appt

Research Summary

Enrico Cesaretti is an Associate Professor of Italian at UVA, and a Mellon Humanities Fellow for 2016-17. He holds a Laurea in Modern Languages and Literatures (English and German) from the University of Pisa (Italy), a M.A. from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. from Yale University. His research so far has been dealing primarily with nineteenth and twentieth-century Italian literature and focused, in particular, on Italian Modernism and the Avant-garde. His articles appeared in Italian StudiesItalicaAnnali d’ItalianisticaModern Language Notes, Comparative LiteratureRomance StudiesEcozon@ and Symposium, among others. 

He is the author of two books: Castelli di carta: retorica della dimora tra Scapigliatura e Surrealismo (Longo, 2001), and Fictions of Appetite: Alimentary Discourses in Italian Modernist Literature (Peter Lang, 2013). Enrico is currently interested in the fields of the Environmental Humanities and ecocriticism. In particular, in the light of recent theoretical “turns” in the humanities (i.e. nonhuman, material), he is exploring the narrative eloquence and agency of (some of) the organic and inorganic materials (i.e. concrete, steel, marble, petroleum, wood, food, trash) that, in their interaction with human beings’ own selves, corporality, agency and imaginative stories, have contributed to make (but, simultaneously, also “un-make”) the country that is Italy today. 

He is currently working on two book projects: Landscapes, Natures, Ecologies. Italy and the Environmental Humanities (co-edited with Serenella Iovino and Elena Past, forthcoming with the University of Virginia Press, Series “Under the Sign of Nature”), and a manuscript tentatively titled Telling Matters: Narratives of Human and Nonhuman Entanglements in Modern Italy.


Ph.D., Yale University

M.A., University of Virginia

Laurea in Modern Languages and Literatures, University of Pisa



Telling Matters: Narratives of Ecological Entanglements in Modern Italy (tentative title of new book project; work in progress).

Italy and the Environmental Humanities. Landscapes, Natures, Ecologies. Eds. Serenella Iovino, Enrico Cesaretti, Elena Past. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, Series "Under the Signs of Nature". Forthcoming.

Fictions of Appetite: Alimentary Discourses in Italian Modernist Literature. Series: “Italian Modernities.” Eds. Pierpaolo Antonello and Robert Gordon. Bern - Oxford: Peter Lang, 2013.

Castelli di carta: retorica della dimora tra Scapigliatura e Surrealismo. Ravenna: Longo Editore, 2001.


“Eco Futurism? Some Thoughts on Nature, Matter, and Body in F. T. Marinetti”, in Modernism and the Avant-garde Body in Spain and Italy. Eds. Maria Rosa Truglio & Nicolás Fernandez-Medina. Routledge Studies in Comparative Literature Series, 2016. pp. 232-47.

“Domestic Fronts: Bringing the Great War Home in Pirandello’s Novelle per un anno” in Annali d’Italianistica 33 (2015): 223-39. (Special issue on “The Great War and the Modernist Imagination in Italy”)

“Struggling with Beauty: a Reading of Vanni Santoni’s Se fossi fuoco arderei Firenze.” Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Literatures 69.1 (2015): 14-24.

A Life of Metal: an Ecocritical Reading of Silvia Avallone’s Acciaio.” Ecozon@. European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment 5.2 (2014): 107-22.

“‘Una finestra sul buio’: note sull’immaginario della ferita in Tommaso Landolfi.” AVANGUARDIA Rivista di letteratura contemporanea 47 (2011): 33-46.

“Materiali sessuali: osservazioni sulla narrativa erotico-sociale di F.T. Marinetti.” L’anello che non tiene: Journal of Modern Italian Literature 22 (Spring-Fall 2010): 24-38.

“Milk and Blood: Nursing Capitalism in Luigi Pirandello’s La balia.” Italian Studies 65.1 (February 2010): 33-45.

“Recipes for the Future: Traces of Past Utopias in The Futurist Cookbook.” The European Legacy 14.7 (2009): 841-56.

“Outplaying Kronos’ Hunger: Massimo Bontempelli’s Gente nel tempo.” Forum Italicum 43.2 (Fall 2009): 385-404.

“Dangerous appetites: Sex and the Inorganic in F.T. Marinetti’s Erotic Short-Fiction.” Annali d’Italianistica 27 (2009): 139-55.

“Indigestible Fictions: Hunger, Infanticide and Gender in Paola Masino’s ‘Fame’ and Massimo Bontempelli’s La fame.” Spunti e Ricerche 23 (2008): 5-20.

“Nutrition as Dissolution: Paola Masino’s Nascita e morte della massaia.” Quaderni d’Italianistica 28.2 (2007): 1-20.

“‘Oh, la disobbedienza…!’. Meditazioni su una novella giovanile di Grazia Deledda.” Italica 84.4 (Winter 2007): 723-34.

“Dyspepsia as Dystopia? Marinetti’s Le Roi Bombance.” The Romanic Review 97.3-4  (May-November 2006): 351-67.

“Palazzeschi’s :Riflessi or Writing as Erasure.” The Modern Language Review 99.4 (October 2004): 924-37.

“Consuming Texts: Creation and Self-effacement in Palazzeschi and Kafka.” Comparative Literature 56.4 (Fall 2004): 300-16.

“Back to the Future: Temporal Ambivalences in F.T. Marinetti’s writings.” Italian Modernism: Italian Culture between Decadence and Avant-Garde. Ed. M. Moroni and L. Somigli. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004. 243-66. 29.

“The Language of Passion: Silence and Melodrama in Niccoló Tommaseo’s Fede e bellezza.” Modern Language Notes 119.1 (January 2004): 52-66.

“Uno scrittore di una realtà che (s)fugge: Marco Lodoli.” In Search of Italia. Saggi sulla cultura dell’Italia contemporanea. Ed. Antonio Vitti and Roberta Morosini. Pesaro: Metauro Edizioni, 2003. 29-48.

“‘Il giocattolo futurista’: Futurism and fumetti.” Romance Studies 21.3 (November 2003): 191-202.

“A New Home for Italians? A Literal and Metaphorical Interpretation of National Identity within the Context of Scapigliatura.” Forum for Modern Language Studies 38.2 (2002): 140-54.

“La parola e l’immagine: alcune riflessioni su G. Leopardi e C.D. Friedrich.” Testo 40 (Luglio - Dicembre 2000): 77-92.

“Il fantastico in sagrestia: un’ipotesi di lettura delle Memorie del Presbiterio di Emilio Praga.” Rassegna Europea di Letteratura Italiana 14 (1999): 37-48.

“I loci della dissacrazione: nel ‘monastero’ della Desinenza in A di Carlo Dossi.” Rivista di Studi italiani, 16.1 (June 1998): 227-40.

“The Representation of the Arts in Visconti’s The Leopard.” L’anello che non tiene: Journal of Modern Italian Literature 9.1-2 (Spring-Fall 1997): 27-38.

“Preoccupazione devozionale nella Rappresentazione di San Giovanni e Paolo di L. De’ Medici.” The Italianist (December 1995): 66-82.

Conference Proceedings

“A Life of Metal: an Ecocritical Reading of Silvia Avallone’s Acciaio” in the volume Identity and Conflict in Tuscany. Eds. Silvia Ross & Claire Honess. Florence: Firenze University Press, 2015, pp. 85-99. (This is a reprint, with minor changes, of my article in Ecozon@).

“Metallo vivente. Una lettura ecocritica di Acciaio di Silvia Avallone” in the volume ContaminAzioni ecologiche: Cibi, Nature, Culture. Milano: LED, 2015, 133-147. (Translated reprint of above-mentioned article).

“Massimo Bontempelli e il mito classico: il caso di Gente nel tempo.” L’Analisi linguistica e letteraria 2 (2009): 293-306.

Selected Grants & Awards

Mellon Humanities Fellow, Institute of Humanities & Global Cultures (2016-2017)

Summer Research Stipend (Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences), UVa Vice Provost for Research (2017)

Adam Cohn

PhD Student
New Cabell Hall 442
Office Hours:
Wednesday 12–1, Thursday 9:15–10:15, or by appointment


Ph.D., Spanish, University of Virginia (expected 2020)

M.A., Spanish, University of Virginia (2017)

B.A., Spanish and Latin American Studies, University of Virginia (2015)

Research Interests

  • 19th and 20th-century Spanish Literature
  • Judaism and Jewish discourse in modern Spain and Latin America
  • Spanish Civil War
  • Generation of 1898
  • Converso Studies


  • Elementary Spanish I (Fall 2016)
  • Elementary Spanish II (Spring 2016, Spring 2017)
  • Intermediate Spanish (Fall 2015, Fall 2017)
  • Advanced Intermediate Spanish (Summer 2016)


“Spanish Fascist Rewritings of the Sephardim: The Cases of Pío Baroja and Ernesto Giménez Caballero.” Conference of the Association of Jewish Studies, San Diego, CA, December 2016.

“Not a Mere ‘viejo puto, judío’: Valera, Palencia and Montoro on the 1473 Córdoba Massacre.” Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference, Harrisonburg, VA, October 2016.

“Structure, Temporality and Myth in Rivas’s ‘El cuento de un veterano.’” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington, KY, April 2016.

Grants & Awards

Rachel Winer Manin Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow of Jewish Studies, Charlottesville, VA (2016–present)
Digital Collections Intern, Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, MA (Summer 2017)
Summer Language Fellowship, Yiddish, Charlottesville, VA (Summer 2017)
Del Greco Graduate Essay Prize, Charlottesville, VA (May 2017)
Graduate Fellow, International Residential College, Charlottesville, VA (2016–2017)
Maurice Amado Foundation Travel Grant, San Diego, CA (December 2016)
Phi Beta Kappa, Charlottesville, VA (2015)

Jessica Daves

PhD Student
New Cabell Hall 458
Office Hours:
9AM-10:50AM, W, or by appointment


Ph.D., Spanish, University of Virginia (expected graduation, 2018)

M.A., Spanish, Auburn University (2013)

B.S., Spanish Education, Auburn University (2011)


My dissertation examines bilingual texts from Spanish-speaking Caribbean and Caribbean American writers, including but not limited to Angie Cruz, Nelly Rosario, Roberto G. Fernández, and Rosario Ferré. I examine the contradictions and difficulties presented in writing bilingually in Spanish and English, as well as portraying Spanish-speaking characters in English, keeping in mind that, considering the works I am studying are published in the United States, the readership could well be English monolingual for many of these works. With that in mind, I consider the ways in which various writers open their works to monolingual readers, or whether their use of both Spanish and English inhibits any but bilingual readers from fully enjoying the work, as well as the implications of implied readership on the message and dissemination of the texts. In addition, I consider the attitude toward bilingualism explicit within the texts, and, when appropriate, I also consider ways in which the relationship between the United States and the three Hispanophone Caribbean nations affects those attitudes portrayed in the texts. I also consider the ways in which various characters take advantage of either their Spanish or their English or both to create or diminish bonds and relationships with other characters. In other words, I examine ways in which various characters either reject or embrace one or both of their languages with the purpose of identifying – or rejecting identity – with immigrant and Caribbean people, particularly those of the same nationality as the character in question. The purpose of my work, therefore, is to expand knowledge of Caribbean American works that take advantage not only the English but also the Spanish language of their authors.

Research Interests

  • Bilingualism and Bilingual Texts
  • Immigrant Literature
  • US Latino Literature
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Translation Studies
  • Contemporary Caribbean Literature
  • Reader-Response Theory


  • SPAN 1010-1020, Elementary Spanish
  • SPAN 1060, Accelerated Elementary Spanish
  • SPAN 2010, Intermediate Spanish 1
  • SPAN 3300, Texts and Interpretations


“La mania de la traducción: Consideraciones sobre la “traducción” en La traducción de Pablo de Santis y “Nota al pie” de Rodolfo Walsh,” MIFLC Conference, October 13-15, 2016, James Madison University

“¡Salud, oh Colón!”: The influence of Colón in Mercedes Santa Cruz y Montalvo’s Viaje a la Habana,” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, April 14-16, 2016, Lexington Kentucky

“Poetic Exploration across Lost Borders: Defining “New Latino Poetry” in The Wind Shifts,” Auburn Research Week, April 2013

“Poetic Exploration across Lost Borders: Defining “New Latino Poetry” in The Wind Shifts,” "Entre Nosotros” Faculty and Student Presentations in honor of visiting writer, Francisco Aragón, October 16, 2012

"Two Crabs in the Same Shell: A phraseological comparison of Rosario Ferré’s ‘Language Duel’ poems,” Auburn Research Week, April 2, 2012

Grants & Awards

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities South Atlantic Studies Fellowship, Spring 2016

Graduate Scholars Symposium Second Place Presenter (Humanities), April 2013

Graduate Scholars Symposium First Place Presenter (Humanities), April 2012

Pamela DeVries Rini

Lecturer of Spanish
New Cabell Hall 443
Office Hours:
Monday & Wednesday 1:00pm-2:00pm and by appt

Pamela DeVries Rini holds a B.A. in Secondary Education from Calvin College with a Spanish major and an English minor, an M.A. in Spanish from the University of Michigan, as well as an M.Ed. in Counselor Education from the University of Virginia. While an undergraduate, Ms. Rini studied at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, and later, after graduating from college, she participated in a study abroad program in Guadalajara, Mexico through the University of San Diego; in addition, she is a frequent visitor to both Mexico and Puerto Rico.

She has worked in the field of Education since 1983 with students of all ages, primarily as an instructor of Spanish, but also as a school counselor. At the university level, Ms. Rini has taught elementary and intermediate level language classes at the University of Michigan, Longwood University, Hampden-Sydney College, and the University of Virginia. After obtaining her degree in Counselor Education at UVa’s Curry School in 2001, Ms. Rini worked for 6 years at Louisa County Middle School as a school counselor. Following that, she developed a Spanish program for elementary and middle school students at the Peabody School in Charlottesville; later during the summer of 2011, she owned and operated Campamento Buenos Amigos, a summer camp for children who want to learn Spanish or improve their Spanish. Most recently she was invited to teach a beginning level language course at the International Center for adult students in the UVa community from many different countries.  

Since moving to Charlottesville in 1987, Ms. Rini has volunteered with community organizations such as SARA (The Sexual Assault Resource Agency), where she worked on the crisis hotline, PACEM (People and Congregations Engaged in Ministry—an organization that helps homeless men living in Charlottesville), and most recently, Virginia Organizing—a grassroots organization seeking social justice.

Thallya Diaz

PhD Student
Office Hours:


Ph.D., Spanish, University of Virginia (projected 2022)

M.A., Spanish, University of Virginia (projected 2019)

B.A., Spanish and International Affairs, University of Mary Washington (2017), magna cum laude

Research Interests

  • Caribbean cultural studies with an emphasis on gender and race, especially in Cuba
  • Gender and cultural studies in Latin America, especially the Caribbean
  • Latinos/as in the United States
  • Comparative studies between Brazil and Latin America, especially Cuba
  • Social movements in Latin America


Intermediate Spanish (Fall 2017)

Grants & Awards

University of Mary Washington Fita Rivas Scholarship in Spanish for graduate studies in Spanish

Marina Escámez Ballesta

Lecturer of Spanish
New Cabell Hall 481
Office Hours:
Monday, Wednesday & Friday 10:00am-11:50am and by appt


M.A., TESOL and Spanish, West Virginia University (2014)

B.A., Philology, Universidad de Murcia, Spain (2012)

Research Interests

  • Pedagogy
  • Applied linguistics
  • Methods
  • Instructional technology
  • Collaborative learning


University of Virginia (2014-2017)

Preceptor 2020 (2016-present): please click here for our course e-portfolio

Instructor of Record:

  • SPAN 2020: Advanced intermediate Spanish
  • SPAN 2010: Intermediate Spanish
  • SPAN 1060: Accelerated Elementary Spanish

West Virginia University (2012-2014)

  • SPAN 200: Intensive Intermediate Spanish
  • SPAN 203: Intermediate Spanish 1
  • SPAN 101: Elementary Spanish


“Developing Intercultural Identity through SLA via e-Portfolios in Advanced Intermediate Spanish” with Carrie Bramlet (University of Virginia). 23 rd Annual Carolina Conference for Romance Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, March 30-April 1

“La Técnica del Dictogloss para el Pretérito e Imperfecto”. 98 th Annual AATSP Conference, Miami, July 8-11,

“Mobile Assisted Language Learning for Foreign Language Instruction and Curriculum” With Falcon Restrepo (University of Florida). WVTESOL 17 th Annual Conference, West Virginia University, April 5.

Professional Organizations



Sigma Delta Pi

María Esparza Rodríguez

PhD Student
Office Hours:


Ph.D., Spanish, University of Virginia, expected 2019
M.A., Spanish, Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Delaware, 2014
B.A., Spanish Studies and Psychology, University of Delaware, 2012


“Gender and/in Literature: Mexican women writers and the politics of canonicity in 20 th and 21 st century literary production” (working title)

Research Interests

  • Contemporary Latin American Literatures and Cultures
  • Canon formation
  • Literary and critical theory
  • New narrative
  • Cultural studies
  • Feminist theory
  • Gender studies
  • Mexican history
  • Mexican historiography


  • Composition 1 (Spanish 3010): Fall 2016, Spring 2017
  • Writing Center Advisor: Fall 2016
  • Study Abroad in Costa Rica, Intermediate Spanish: Summer 2016
  • Business Spanish: Fall 2015, Spring 2016
  • Intermediate Spanish: Fall 2014, Spring 2015, and Summer 2015
  • Residential Advisor/Ambassador to students from China: Summer 2015
  • Panamá Bilingüe Community Advisor and Ambassador: Spring 2015


“El comportamiento del protagonista y la creación de la identidad nacional mexicana en La muerte de Artemio Cruz” in Camarena Castellanos, Ricardo, ed. Octavio Paz: laberintos del poeta y ensayista. 15 perspectivas críticas. Toronto: Antares
Publishing, 2016.
My Beautiful Nicaragua. Dir. Joyce Chopra. Perf. Edelsin Linette Mendez. BYkids Film Production, 2017. DVD.


“Terror contemporáneo: Vulnerabilidad y dinámicas de poder en Fuerzas especiales de Diamela Eltit” MIFLC, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA. October 2016.

“Defensa y promoción”; Collaborative paper with Michelet McLean, Matthew Richey, Astrid Lorena Ochoa, and Gonzalo Hernández-Baptista: Roundtable on Advocacy: SALALM LXI, “Nuestro norte es el sur”: Mapping Resistance and Resilience in Latin

American, Caribbean, and Iberian studies. University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA, May 9 – May 13, 2016.

“Bologna-Duke Summer School on Global Studies and Critical Theory”: Seminar member and participant. University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy. June 22 nd -July 3 rd , 2015.

“Effective error correction in written assessments in the Foreign Language classroom: Spanish 2010”; Action Research in the Foreign Language Classroom: Roundtable on Foreign Language Teaching and Learning, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA, November 21 st , 2014.

“El comportamiento del protagonista y la creación de la identidad nacional mexicana en La muerte de Artemio Cruz”; Octavio Paz: Labyrinths of the Poet 2014: International Colloquium, Ottawa, Canada, March 28-29, 2014.

Grants & Awards

University of Virginia, Office of the Dean Travel Fellowship: Summer 2015

University of Delaware Graduate Fellowship: Fall 2013/Spring 2014

University of Delaware Graduate Fellowship: Fall 2012/Spring2013

Sigma Delta Pi: 2011

Aspira Award of Excellence: May 2006

Lilian Feitosa

Lecturer of Portuguese
New Cabell Hall 464
Office Hours:
Monday & Wednesday 2:00pm-3:30pm and by appt

Lilian P. W. Feitosa finished her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2008. Her M.A. is also from UMass Amherst. She grew up in Brazil where she received her B.A. and teaching licensures in English and Portuguese from the Universidade de São Paulo before moving to the U.S. to study in 1996.

Her doctoral research surveyed all Brazilian writers translated into English, focusing on the women writers and, in particular, on Clarice Lispector, Carolina Maria de Jesus and Ana Maria Machado. Her research interests are wide ranging, from the study of gender in literary histories to Brazilian music and nation, from the representation of women and gender in picture books to children's literature in general.

She has published two articles about diasporic Afro-Brazilian children's books in the African children's literature journal Sankofa and she taught Portuguese and Brazilian culture at James Madison University from 2010-2012.

David Florez-Murillo

Lecturer of Spanish
NCH 464
Office Hours:
Monday & Wednesday 12:00pm-1:00pm and by appt


David Flórez-Murillo is originally from Colombia. David earned his B.A. in English Language at Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira, where he was trained in the teaching of English as a foreign language and qualitative research. For his B.A. research project, David conducted a study in the implementation of cultural contents for the EFL curriculum in college. After 7 years of lecturing at different universities in Colombia, David moved to USA where he pursued his M.A. in Linguistics at West Virginia University. During his M.A., David conducted some research in various aspects of Hispanic Linguistics such as the contrast of intonational patterns in affiliated varieties of Spanish in Colombia, social perceptions triggered by prosodic cues, and neutralization of the segment /n/ to [m] in Colombia, which is rare and not very documented phenomenon in the Hispanic world.  David also taught Spanish at West Virginia University for 2 years, prior to becoming part of the faculty body at UVA.


M.A. in Linguistics. West Virginia University, USA (2017)

B.A. in English Language. Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira, Colombia (2012)

Research Interests

  • Hispanic Linguistics
  • Phonology
  • Dialectology
  • Prosody
  • First Language Acquisition
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Culture in the Foreign Language Curriculum


  • University of Virginia (USA)
    • SPAN-1060 (Accelerated Elementary  Spanish)
    • SPAN-2010 (Intermediate Spanish)
  • West Virginia University (USA)
    • SPAN-101 (Elementary Spanish I)
    • SPAN-204 (Intermediate Spanish II)
  • SENA – Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje (Colombia)
    • ESP for the programs:
      • Nursing
      • Accounting
      • Business
      • Children Pedagogy


  • Universidad Eafit (Colombia)
    • English as a Foreign Language: Basic through Advanced Courses
    • Academic Writing


  • Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira (Colombia)
    • English as a Foreign Language: Basic through Advanced Courses


  • Universidad Libre (Colombia)
    • ESP for the programs:
      • Nursing
      • Accounting
      • Economics
      • Microbiology
      • Civil Engineering  

Selected Presentations

“Social Perception Variation in two accent variables in Colombia: Paisa Accent in Medellin and Pereira” presented at The Ohio State University Congress on Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics. Columbus, OH. March 2017

“Social Perception Variation in two accent variables in Colombia: Paisa Accent in Medellin and Pereira” presented at the Romance Languages and Literatures 6th Annual Conference, Intersections: Collage of Urban Networks, University at Buffalo. Buffalo, NY. April 2017

Melissa Frost

Assistant Professor of Spanish, General Faculty
New Cabell Hall 417
Office Hours:
Tuesday & Thursday 1:00pm-2:00pm and by appt


Ph.D., Spanish. Dept. of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, University of Virginia (2017)

M.A., Spanish. Dept. of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, University of Virginia (2012)

B.A., Spanish and International Studies, University of Oregon (2010)


Herbs that Madden, Herbs that Cure: A History of Hallucinogenic Plant Use in Colonial Mexico

Research Interests

  • Colonial Latin America
  • Ethnopharmacology
  • History of Mexico
  • Inquisition of New Spain
  • Paleography
  • History of Witchcraft
  • Translation and Theories of Translation


  • SPAN 4559/4530: Translation II
  • SPAN 4040: Translation
  • SPAN 3300:Texts and Interpretation
  • SPAN 3130: Advanced Spanish Conversation
  • SPAN 3010: Grammar Review
  • SPAN 2020: Advanced Intermediate Spanish
  • SPAN 2010: Intermediate Spanish
  • SPAN 1016, 1026, 2016, 2026: Spanish Summer Language Program
  • SPAN 2010-2020: Intermediate and Advanced Intermediate Spanish (Valencia)


“Bicultural, Bilingual, y bien jodido: Negotiations of Mexican Identity, Biculturalism and Virtual Spaces Through the Eyes of the Narrator-Translator in Carmen Boullosa's La novela perfecta.” Graphsy: Graduate Portuguese and Hispanic Symposium. Georgetown University. Washington, D.C. February 17–18, 2017.

“Diciendo desatinos hasta casi el día: The Trial of an Ocuituco Elder and Evidence of Hallucinogenic Plant Use in New Spain.” LASA/ERIP (Ethnicity, Race, and Indigenous Peoples in Latin America and the Caribbean). Virginia Commonwealth University. Richmond VA. Oct 14-17 2015.

“Entre el olvido y el anonimato: La desintegración de identidades ante la frontera en ¿Ha estado usted alguna vez en el mar del norte? de Cristina Rivera Garza.” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. Lexington KY. April 10-12, 2014.

“We Do Not See What They See: Spanish Imperial Discourses and Entheogens in the Americas.”(Des)Articulaciones. 4 th Biennial - Graduate Student Conference. Ebbs, Flows and Limits: Dialogues and Cultural Productions from the Periphery. University of Pittsburg, October 25-26, 2013.

Sara Gastón Echeverría

Lecturer of Spanish
New Cabell Hall 434
Office Hours:
Wednesday & Friday 10:30am-11:30am and by appt



  • M.A. in Linguistics, West Virginia University (2014)
  • Certificate in University Teaching, West Virginia University (2014)
  • CELTA Cambridge Certificate, ISE, United Kingdom (2012)
  • B.A. in Hispanic Studies, University of Salamanca, Spain (2010)
  • B.A. in English Studies, University of Salamanca, Spain (2008)


Research Interests:

  • Second Language Acquisition
  • SL Phonological Acquisition
  • Teaching of Foreign Languages through ePortfolios
  • Reflections as a Learning Tool
  • Peer Feedback
  • Project Based Language Learning
  • ASL



University of Virginia (2016-present)

  • SPAN 1010: Elementary Spanish I
  • SPAN 2010: Intermediate Spanish
  • SPAN 2020: Advanced Intermediate Spanish

EF Málaga, Spain (Summer 2016)

  • A1 - C1
  • Hispanic Culture
  • Spanish Grammar
  • Spanish Pronunciation

Loyola University Maryland (2014-2016)

  • SN 161: Comprehensive Beginning Spanish
  • SN 102: Introductory Spanish II
  • SN 103: Intermediate Spanish I
  • SN 104: Intermediate Spanish II

West Virginia University (2012-2014)

  • Span 101: Beginner Spanish
  • Span 204: Advanced Intermediate Spanish



  • 'E-Portfolio Reflections: Meaning-Making Tools to Enrich the Learning Experience'. Meaning-Making with e-Portfolios (AAEEBL SE Regional Conference), University of Virginia, VA (2017)
  • 'Mobilizing Peer Feedback and e-Portfolios for Powerful Collaborative Learning'. Imagining Teaching and Learning Together (5th Annual UVa Innovations in Pedagogy Summit), University of Virginia, VA (2017)
  • 'Active Learning Techniques'. Professional Development Workshop, Loyola University Maryland, MD (2015)
  • 'The Instruction of L2 Spanish Pronunciation through a Communicative Approach'. Communication in Context (WVFLTA), Fairmont State University, WV (2013) 
  • 'Influence of L1 Phonological System in L2 English Pronunciation'. In Touch with English Language Learners (WVTESOL), Charleston, WV (2013)


Grants & Awards:

  • Faculty Seminar on the Teaching of Writing, by the University of Virginia (2017)
  • Grant from the Institute of World Languages to organize Spanish Tertulia, by the University of Virginia (2017)
  • Summer Study Grant for Non-Tenure Track Faculty, by Loyola University Maryland (2016)
  • Elkins Funds Grant to attend the Linguistic Institute organized at the University of Michigan, by the University of West Virginia (2013)
  • Spanish Conversation Assistantship at University of New Orleans, by the University of Salamanca, Spain (2008)
  • Socrates Program (study abroad program) at the University of Limerick, by the University of Salamanca (2006)


Involvement at UVa:

  • Co-organizer of the Spanish, Italian, & Portuguese (SIP) Film Festival
  • Co-organizer of the Spanish Cultural Weekly Newsletter
  • Co-organizer of the Spanish Tertulia
  • Training from 'Safe Space'
  • Training from 'DREAMers on Grounds: UndocuAlly'



E. Michael Gerli

Commonwealth Professor of Spanish
New Cabell Hall 475
Office Hours:
Tuesday & Thursday 10:00am-12:00pm & Tuesday 2:30pm-3:00pm and by appt

Research Summary

E. Michael Gerli received his Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures from UCLA in 1972. He is the author of some 200 publications on medieval and renaissance Romance literary and linguistic themes, serves on the editorial boards of numerous journals and presses in both the U.S. and abroad (Hispanic Review, Biblioteca Española del Siglo XV de la Universidad de Salamanca, University of North Carolina Studies in the Romance Languages and Literatures, Journal of Hispanic Philology, La Corónica, Medievalia, Anuario de Estudios Cervantinos, Convivencia, Cancionero GeneralOfficina Ispanica, la Sapienza, Università di Roma, and others), and is the General Editor of Medieval Iberia: An Encyclopedia (New York: Routledge, 2003).

His Celestina and the Ends of Desire, was published by the University of Toronto Press in 2011 and was awarded the Modern Language Association of America’s twenty-second annual Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize for an outstanding book published in English or Spanish in the field of Latin American and Spanish literatures and cultures.  Professor Gerli’s Refiguring Authority: Reading, Writing, and Rewriting in Cervantes (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1995) was chosen as an “Outstanding Academic Book” by the American Association of College and University Libraries in 1996.

The latest of his fourteen books, Reading, Performing, and Imagining the Libro del Arcipreste was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2016. Gerli is also a recipient of the Hispanic Review’s Edwin B. Williams Prize (1981) and the Modern Language Association’s Division of Medieval Spanish Language and Literature’s John K. Walsh Prize (1997). In 2009 he was named Distinguished Alumnus by the University of California, Los Angeles, and in 2015 he received Sigma Delta Pi’s (the Spanish National Honorary Society’s) Order of Don Quijote, its highest award.

Professor Gerli has been Visiting Professor at the Catholic University of America (1976), UCLA (1980), the University of Maryland (1986, 1989, 2012), Johns Hopkins University (1990, 1991), the University of Virginia (1992), the University of Pennsylvania (1993), Emory University (2002), the Universidad Pontificia del Perú (2006), and Duke University (2007). He has also lectured at many universities in the United States, Europe and Latin America, served as a consultant to foundations, government agencies, and university presses, and his views on medieval and early modern Iberian intellectual history and culture have appeared in interviews with various media.

Finally, Professor Gerli has served as an elected representative to the Modern Language Association’s Delegate Assembly and twice been elected chair of the MLA’s Division of Medieval Hispanic Languages and Literatures. Prior to moving to the University of Virginia in the fall of 2000, he was Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Georgetown University (1982-1989, and 1997-2000) and served as Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Professor in Georgetown’s School of Languages and Linguistics. He is the director of the UVa in Costa Rica program.


Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

M.A., Middlebury College

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles


Recent Books

Reading, Performing, and Imagining the Libro del Arcipreste (University of North Carolina Press, 2016)

Celestina and the Ends of Desire (University of Toronto Press, 2011)

Selected Recent Articles

“Caveat Lector: las trampas de la lectura en el Quijote.” In Cervantes U.S.A.  Ed. Georgina Dopico Black y Francisco Layna Ranz. Madrid: Editorial Polifemo, 2009. Pp. 581-610.

“Fue la caza deste día: De unicornios y otras especies en peligro de extinción en la cultura cortesana del siglo XV.” In ‘Recuerde el alma dormida’: Medieval and Early Modern Spanish Essays in Honor of Frank Domínguez. Ed. John K. Moore, Jr. & Adriano Duque.  Newark, Del: Juan de la Cuesta, 2009. Pp. 107-116.

“Américo Castro” In Rewriting the Middle Ages. II National Traditions. Ed. James Aurell & Julia Pavon.  Turnhout: Brepols, 2009. Pp. 139-160.

“The Father, the Son, and the Holy Goat: Carnal Reading, the Bestiary, and Sacred Rhetoric in the Libro de los gatos.” In Studies in Honor of Joseph T. Snow. Hispanic Seminary of Medieval Studies, Hispanic Society of America, 2010. II, 109-126.

“Nuestro gozo en el pozo:’’ Pleberio and the Place without a Telos.” e-Humanistsa: The Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Iberian Studies 18 (2011) 23-37.

“Agora que voy sola”: Celestina, Magic, and the Disenchanted World.”  e-Humanista: The Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Iberian Studies 19 (2011): 157-72.

"Melibea Feints." In Por s' entender bem a letra. Ed Manuel Calderón. Lisbon: Imprensa Nacional, 2011. Pp. 191-202

“The Destiny of Iberian Empire: Alfonso X and the Cultural and Political Significance of the Libro de Alexandre,” in Studies in Homage to John Esten Keller. Ed. Roger Tinnell. 93-109. Newark, DE: Juan de la Cuesta, 2011.

“From Babel to Paradise: Typologies of Speech and Language and the Quest for the Word in Cervantes’ Persiles.” e-Humanistsa: The Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Iberian Studies. Cervantes 1 (2012): 346-365.

“Cancionero/Cancioneiro.” In The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics. 4th ed. Ed. Roland Greene, et al. Princeton: Princeton UP, 2012. Pp. 184-87.

“Reading Error, Finding Fault: On the Uses of Heresy in the Libro del arcipreste.” Forthcoming in Two Spanish Masterpieces: Celestina and the Libro de buen amor. Ed. Ivy Corfis and Pablo Ancos. 245-273. New York: Hispanic Society of America, Seminary of Medieval Spanish Studies, 2013.

“La vida de Michael Gerli, y de sus fortunas y adversidades, escrita por su propia mano.” in ¿Por qué España? Memoria personal del hispanismo estadounidense. Ed Anna Caballé y Randolph Pope. Barcelona: Galaxia Gutenberg, 2014, 151-174.

“Translating Events, Glossing Experience: European Texts, Memory, and American Experiences.” Medievalia, Institut d’Estudis Medievales, Universitat de Barcelona, 17 (2015): 39-55.

“The Novel Before the Novel.” In The Oxford History of the Spanish Novel. Ed. J.A.G. Ardila. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2015. Pp. 56-78.

“Córdoba and Seville.” In Europe: A Literary History, 1348-1418. Ed. David Wallace. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2016. I, 138-154.

“‘As flies to wanton boys’: La ilustre fregona.” In “Los cielos se agotaron de prodigios”: Essays in Honor of Frederick A. de Armas. Ed. Kerry Wilks, Julio Vélez Sáinz, and Benjamin Nelson. Newark, DE: Juan de la Cuesta, 2016, 155-63.

“The Expulsion of the Moriscos: Seven Monumental Paintings from the Kingdom of Valencia.” In The Routledge Companion to Iberian Studies. New York, London: Routledge, 2016. Pp. 184-200.

Selected Grants & Awards

National Endowment for the Humanities (1986, 1992, 1994, 2002, 2009, 2011)

American Council of Learned Societies (1978, 1981, 1989)

Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spain’s Ministry of Culture and United States Universities (1981, 1988, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2004)

Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1998)

American Philosophical Society (1979)

Georgetown University (1977, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987)

Programa Hispanex of Spain’s Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sport (2013, 2015)

David T. Gies

Commonwealth Professor of Spanish
New Cabell Hall 473
Office Hours:
Monday 2:00pm-3:00pm & Tuesday 2:00pm-4:00pm and by appt

Research Summary

David T. Gies is Commonwealth Professor of Spanish and former Chairman of the Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. He holds a BA from Penn State University and an MA and PhD from the University of Pittsburgh. An expert on the literature of Enlightenment and Romantic Spain, and contemporary Spanish film, Professor Gies has published fifteen books and critical editions of Spanish literature. He has authored more than one hundred articles and one hundred thirty book reviews, and has lectured at universities in the US, Canada, England, Italy, Germany, France, Argentina and Spain. He edits Dieciocho, a journal dedicated to the study of the Spanish Enlightenment, and has been awarded numerous grants from agencies such as the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, and the Spanish Ministry of Culture. He created the website, "Cine con clase."

In 1992 he won the University of Virginia Outstanding Teaching Award. In 1999-2000 he served as Chair of the Faculty Senate, and in October 2000 he was awarded the highest recognition presented to a member of the University of Virginia community, the Thomas Jefferson Award. He is the editor of The Cambridge History of Spanish Literature (2004). Professor Gies served as Academic Dean for the maiden UVa voyage of Semester at Sea, summer 2007 and again in the around-the-world voyage in fall 2010. In October, 2007, he was knighted (Encomienda de Número de la Orden de Isabel la Católica) by HM Juan Carlos, King of Spain. He served as President of the Asociación Internacional de Hispanistas (AIH) for the triennium 2013-2016, and was elected Presidente de Honor in 2016. Also in 2016 he was elected Honorary President of Sigma Delta Pi and Miembro Correspondiente de la Real Academia Española.


Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

M.A., University of Pittsburgh

B.A., Penn State University



Eros y amistad. Estudios sobre literatura española (siglos XVIII y XIX) (Barcelona: Calambur, 2016)

José Zorrilla. Don Juan Tenorio (ed.) (Madrid: Castalia, 2016)

A History of Theater in Spain (Cambridge University Press, 2012)

The Cambridge History of Spanish Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2004)

The Cambridge Companion to Modern Spanish Culture (Cambridge University Press, 1999)

The Theatre in Nineteenth-Century Spain (Cambridge University Press, 1994)

Theatre and Politics in Nineteenth-Century Spain: Juan de Grimaldi as Impresario and Government Agent (Cambridge University Press, 1988)

Nicolás Fernández de Moratín (Boston: G.K. Hall, 1979)

Agustín Durán. A Biography and Literary Appreciation (London: Támesis, 1975)

Selected Articles

"La ilustración ilustrada: El XVIII en el cine español." Homenaje a Melchora Romanos (in press).

"María Rosa Gálvez de Cabrera, La familia a la moda (1805) and the Multiple Anxieties of Late Nineteenth-Century Spain." Anales de Literatura Española 41.4 (2016): 149-172.

"'Volvía Galdós triunfante'. Fortunata y Jacinta on Stage (1930)." Homage volume for Professor Harriet S. Turner (in press).

"Nipho y el teatro: Entre la teoría y la práctica." Francisco Mariano Nipho. El nacimiento de la prensa y de la crítica literaria periodística en la España del siglo XVIII. Madrid: CSIC, 2015. 99-109.

"Ese oscuro —y rico— objeto de deseo, o Hecho en América: El indiano romántico-teatral." In La tribu liberal.  El romanticismo en las dos orillas del Atlántico.  Eds. José María Ferri Coll y Enrique Rubio Cremades.  Madrid/Frankfurt: Iberoamericana/Vervuert, 2015.  299-309.

"Carmen Martín Gaite in Virginia." Hispania 98.4 (2015): 670-671.

"Dionisio Solís, o el arte de escribir, traducir y refundir." Autores/traductores en la España del siglo XIX.  Eds. F. Lafarga y L. Pegenaute.  Kassel: Edition Reichenberger, 2016. 71-77.

"Hispanista por casualidad: Mi viaje por la literatura y la cultura españolas."  In ¿Por qué España? Memorias del hispanismo estadounidense. Ed. Anna Caballé y Randolph Pope.  Barcelona: Galaxia Gutenberg, 2014. 191-219.

"La Pepa se va al teatro."  Hacia 1812, desde el siglo ilustrado.  Actas del V Congreso Internacional de la Sociedad Española de Estudios del Siglo XVIII.  Ed. Fernando Durán López.  Cádiz:  Ediciones Tea, 2013.  591-613.

"'Such is Glorious War': British Reflections on the Peninsular War in Spain." Bulletin of Spanish Studies 91 (2014): 1-12.

“Playing the Enlightenment. Eighteenth-Century Spain on the Nineteenth-Century Stage.” Bulletin of Spanish Studies 86.1-2 (2009): 225-237.

“Teatro y mujer en el siglo XIX.” Stichomythia 8 (2009): 3-5. (on-line). Please click here for access.

“Larra y la literatura europea de su tiempo.” Fígaro de vuelta (1809-2009). Catalogue exhibition at the Biblioteca Nacional. Madrid: SECC, 2010. 107-126.

“El ‘efecto Funes’: La historia literaria en el siglo XXI.” In Obra en marcha. Ensayos en honor de Richard A. Cardwell. Eds. Jean Andrews and Stephen Roberts. Nottingham: CCCP, 2009. 8-19.

“Don Juan Tenorio, estrella de cine: Zorrilla, Mercero, Barrera.” La Literatura Española del Siglo XIX y las artes. IV Coloquio de la Sociedad de Literatura Española del Siglo XIX. Barcelona: U de Barcelona, 2008. 163-174.

“El otro Larra: Luis Mariano de Larra y Wetoret, dramaturgo ‘desconocido’ de la segunda mitad del siglo XIX (con apéndice de títulos).” Anales de Literatura Española 20 (2008): 241-257.

“La reacción antifeminista en algunas obras teatrales del siglo XIX español.” In ‘Una de las dos Españas…’. Representaciones de un conflicto identitario en la historia y en las literaturas hispánicas. Estudios reunidos en homenaje a Manfred Tietz. Ed. Gero Arnscheidt and Pere Joan Tous. Madrid/Frankfurt: Iberoamericana/Vervuert, 2007. 499-515.

“Spanish Theater and the Discourse of Self-Definition.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 34 (2000): 433-442.

“Sensibilidad y sensualismo en la poesía dieciochesca.” Ideas en sus paisajes. Homenaje al profesor Russell P. Sebold. Eds. Guillermo Carnero, Ignacio Javier López y Enrique Rubio. Alicante: Universidad de Alicante, 1999. 215-225.

“Sobre el erotismo rococó en la poesía del siglo XVIII español.” Luz vital. Estudios en homenaje a Víctor Ouimette. Eds. Jesús Pérez Magallón y Ramón F. Llorens. Almería: Universidad de Almería, 1999. 85-95.

“Forner, la amistad y la patria: La escuela de la amistad, o el filósofo enamorado (1796).” Juan Pablo Forner y su época. Ed. Jesús Cañas y Miguel Ángel Lama. Cáceres: Editora Regional de Extremadura, 1998. 449-460.

“Todo ha de parar en bien: El teatro en España en 1898.” España fin de siglo. 1898. Ed. María del Carmen Iglesias. Barcelona: Fundación La Caixa, 1997. 185-190.

“Confessions of a Converted Chairman: My Life with Teacher Education.” ADFL Bulletin 28.2 (Winter 1997): 21-25.

“Spain Today: Is the Party Over?” Virginia Quarterly Review 72.3 (Summer 1996): 392-407.

Selected Grants & Awards

Encomienda de Número de la Orden de Isabel la Católica, by HM Juan Carlos, King of Spain

President of the Asociación Internacional de Hispanistas (AIH), 2013-2016

Thomas Jefferson Award (2000)

University of Virginia Outstanding Teaching Award (1992)

For a full list of awards and publications, please consult his C.V.

Erica Goldfarb

Valencia and ISSAP Promotional Coordinator (ISO)
208 Minor Hall
Office Hours:

Erica Goldfarb is the Promotion Coordinator the UVa Valencia Program. She forms part of the Education Abroad team in the International Studies Office.

To make an appointment with Ms. Goldfarb, please email or call her at the address and number above, or visit her at:

208 Minor Hall
Charlottesville, VA 22904

PO Box 400165
Charlottesville, VA 22904

Direct Line: +1-434-243-2310
ISO Phone: +1-434-982-3010
ISO Fax: +1-434-982-3011

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Esperanza Gorriz Jarque

Lecturer of Spanish
New Cabell Hall 481
Office Hours:
Tuesday & Thursday 2:15pm-3:15pm and by appt


M.A., Spanish and Linguistics, West Virginia University (2013)

Certificate in University Teaching, West Virginia University (2013)                                            

M.A., English as a Foreign Language, University of Murcia, Murcia (Spain) (2008)

B.A., Translation and Interpretation, University Jaume I, Castellón (Spain) (2007)

Research Interests

  • Cultures in Contact
  • Modern Linguistics
  • Hispanic Linguistics
  • Latin American Literature and Culture
  • Pop Culture
  • Translation and Interpretation

Teaching Interests

  • Teaching with new technologies (E-portfolio)
  • Project Based Language Learning
  • Motivation in students
  • Language Acquisition
  • Communicative Culture
  • Flipped Learning
  • Collaborative Learning


University of Virginia (2013-2017)

  • Span 3010: Grammar and Composition I
  • Span 2020: Advanced Intermediate Spanish
  • Span 2010: Intermediate Spanish

West Virginia University (2011-2013)

  • Span 101: Beginner Spanish
  • Span 203: Intermediate Spanish
  • Span 204: Advanced Intermediate Spanish

Other Teaching Experience

Middle and High School Spanish Teacher, Youngstown City Schools (2008-2011)

  • Span I: Spanish for Beginners I
  • Span II: Spanish for Beginners II

English Instructor, English Summer School, Valencia, Spain (2008)

Language Courses Organizer: Academia Suárez Language House, Frankfurt, Germany (2007)


“Turn Up the Heat”, Roundtable on Foreign Languages Teaching, University of Virginia. February 2014.

“Los Juegos de Mesa en el Aula,” Immersion Weekend for Spanish High School Teachers, West Virginia University. April 2013.

“La Movida Madrileña,” Meetings of Instituto Cervantes in Academia Suárez Language School, Frankfurt, Germany. October 2007.

Grants and Awards

  • Grant from Institute of World Languages for Spanish Tertulia, University of Virginia (2017)
  • High Pass in Comprehensive Exams, West Virgnia University (2013)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantship, West Virginia University (2011-2013)
  • International Visiting Teacher Fellowship, Spanish Ministry of Education & Department of Education Ohio (2008-2011)
  • Leonardo DaVinci Graduate Internship, Frankfurt, Germany (2007)
  • Erasmus Undergraduate Scholarship, University Jaume I, Castellón (Spain) & University of Bayreuth, Germany (2005-2006)

Professional Organizations

Sigma Delta Pi



David T. Haberly

Professor Emeritus
Office Hours:

From 1973 until May 2010, Profesor David T. Haberly taught courses in Brazilian literature and history, as well as 19th century literatures and cultures of the Americas.

A selection of his articles is available for download here; click here to access his monograph on the history of race and racial representations in Brazilian literature.

David Haberly remains an active presence at department events, especially the Tibor Wlassics Faculty Lecture series.

Alexa Hansinger

PhD Student / Del Greco Librarian (2017–2018)
New Cabell Hall 442
Office Hours:
Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.


Ph.D., Spanish, University of Virginia (expected 2020)
M.A., Spanish, University of Virginia (2017)
B.A., Spanish and Psychology, University of Virginia (2015)

Research Interests

  • 20th Century Latin American Literature
  • 20th Century Spanish Literature and Film


Participant in Tomorrow's Professor Today at UVa's Center for Teaching Excellence (expected completion spring 2019)


Grants & Awards

Del Greco Grant to study in Salamanca, Spain (2016)

Member of Sigma Delta Pi (2014)

Shawn Harris

Undergraduate and Graduate Program Support
New Cabell Hall 444
Office Hours:

Javier Herrero

Professor Emeritus
Office Hours:

From 1979 until 2002, Professor Javier Herrero taught courses in Spanish literatures and cultures at the University of Virginia. He authored and co-authored some 25 books in his capacious study of the early modern era and the 18th-20th centuries.

Please find here an extensive biography, which glosses Professor Herrero's many accomplishments in research and teaching.

Ricardo Huamán

Assistant Professor, General Faculty
NCH 468
Office Hours:
Tuesday & Thursday 1:00pm-2:00pm and by appt

Research Summary

My research interests revolve around how theology, both formal and popular, informs much of the literature from the medieval and early modern periods of Spanish literature. My research area is bookended by the works of Gonzalo de Berceo and Pedro Calderón de la Barca, both of whom fall fairly in line with official religious attitudes. Many of the works that lie in between, such as those by Fernando de Rojas and Francisco Delicado, play with or even subvert religious books and doctrines. I have studied both the works that affirm as well as the ones that question mainstream religion. I am intrigued by the many texts that appear to do both simultaneously. I intend to continue studying each type of work throughout my career. I chose to focus on the medieval and early modern periods to preserve and promote the language and legacy of those eras with the understanding that I could still enlarge the discipline through my research and teaching.


Ph.D., Romance Languages & Literatures (Spanish), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2016)

M.A., Romance Studies (Spanish), Duke University (2008)

Spanish Secondary Teaching Credential, California State University, Los Angeles (2006)

B.A., Spanish & Italian with a Special Field in French, University of California, Los Angeles (1998)


My dissertation project, The Theoretical and Practical Virtues in Francisco de Castilla’s Teórica de virtudes and Práctica de las virtudes (defended 2015, advised by Frank Domínguez), analyzes Francisco de Castilla’s (c.1480-c.1558) biography, which I update and disentangle from similarly named individuals, and the history of his family are important in determining whether he or they wrote a chronicle defending their ancestor, King Pedro I, while using the name of a real, but dead, author. The information from this false chronicle is used in Castilla’s poetry to connect his illegitimate line to that of the usurped king. The other chapters in my study focus on the classical and medieval philosophy Castilla used to formulate his theories on the virtues, the influence of Boethian imagery and thought on his poetry and an analysis of the practical virtue that Charles V was meant to learn from this poetry. I have also prepared an annotated edition of Castilla’s first two works to improve my readers’ access to these poems.


My teaching philosophy centers on making connections between another culture and one’s own. Being able to identify and discuss the similarities and differences across and within cultures fosters critical thinking, a life-long skill that serves students well no matter what profession they enter. Indeed, my students will very often have the opportunity to make use of the critical thinking skills they learn in class, whether they have business contacts abroad, move into a multicultural neighborhood or simply turn on the evening news. Studying another language is a way to learn to navigate different customs and values, even if the world is becoming increasingly English-dependent.

To learn more about my approach to teaching, please consult my sample materials:

    • I run a flipped classroom, but I offer these videos for those who would prefer to get instruction directly from me
    • Here’s an example of how I incorporate culture when I do present grammar in class


“Francisco de Castilla, Boethius and the Search for True Happiness.” Calíope: Journal of the Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry. 23.1 (Spring 2018). Forthcoming.


“Francisco de Castilla, Boethius and the Search for True Happiness.” Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, Boston, MA. 2016.

“Exemplarity and Exhortation in Práctica de las virtudes.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference, Durham, NC. 2015.

“Diglossia and Dialogism in the (Un)written Treatise of La pícara Justina.” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, University of Kentucky. 2014.

“Of Witches and Wizards: Teaching La Celestina in the Age of Harry Potter.” UCLA MEMSA Graduate Student Conference: Pedagogical Approaches to Medieval and Early Modern Studies, University of California, Los Angeles. 2013.

“¿En qué, Calisto?: La ignorancia fingida en La Celestina,” Diálogos: The Tenth Annual Graduate Research Conference of Spanish and Portuguese, Indiana University. 2013.

“The Parody of the Book of Revelation in La Lozana andaluza,” Dominant Discourses, Guarded Voices: Religion and Society in Spain and Its Empire 14th-16th Centuries, Wake Forest University. 2010.

“¿Hechos en qué imagen?: los cuerpos en La Celestina,” Bodies and Oddities, Vanderbilt University. 2010.

“La apropiación y valorización de la virgen mártir en el Romanticismo español,” Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures, UNC-Chapel Hill. 2010.

“Entre dicho y hecho: la performancia en los Naufragios y la Historia verdadera de la conquista de la Nueva España,” Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures, UNC-Chapel Hill. 2009.

Grants & Awards

Chancellor’s Doctoral Advancement Award, UNC-Chapel Hill. 2015.

Buchan Excellence Fund Award, UNC-Chapel Hill. Awarded to conduct archival research in Spain. 2015.

Department of Romance Studies Travel Grant, UNC-Chapel Hill. Received four awards. 2010-2015.

Graduate and Professional Student Federation Travel Award, UNC-Chapel Hill. 2013.

North Carolina Minority Presence Grant, UNC-Chapel Hill. 2008-2009.

Duke Endowment Fellowship, Duke University. 2006-2008.

Professional Affiliations

The Medieval Academy of America
Renaissance Society of America
Cervantes Society of America
Modern Language Association
South Atlantic Modern Language Association
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages


Spanish - Native and fluent in reading, writing and speaking.
Italian - Advanced reading, writing and speaking abilities.
French - Advanced reading, writing and speaking abilities.
Portuguese - Advanced reading knowledge.
Latin - Elementary reading knowledge.
Korean - Conversational with elementary reading and writing knowledge.

María Jorquera Hervas

Lecturer of Spanish
NCH 466
Office Hours:
Tuesday & Thursday 4:00pm-5:00pm and by appt


M.A., Spanish Literature, The Pennsylvania State University (2015), magna cum laude

Teaching with Technology Certificate, The Pennsylvania State University (2014)

B.A., Translation and Interpretation, University of Valencia (2012)

Postgraduate Certificate in Secondary Education – Second Language Acquisition, Universidad Católica de Valencia (2009)

Year Abroad, Latin American Studies and English Linguistics, University College London (2008)

B.A., English Philology, University of Valencia (2008)

Research Interests

  • Applied Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition
  • Communicative and Proficiency-Based Pedagogy
  • Instructional Technology
  • Sociocultural Animation in Learning
  • Translation and Interpretation
  • 19th and 20th Century Peninsular Spanish Literature
  • Women’s Studies
  • The Avant-Garde
  • Literary Theory


United States

University of Virginia (2015-2017)

Pennsylvania State University (2013-2015)

  • SPAN 002 Elementary Spanish
  • SPAN 003 Intermediate Spanish

St. Bonaventure University (2012-2013)

  • SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish
  • SPAN 102 Intermediate Spanish

Study Abroad

University of Virginia – Hispanic Studies in Valencia (Summer 2015, 2016, 2017)

  • SPAN 3030 Cultural Conversations
  • SPAN 2020 Advanced Intermediate Spanish
  • SPAN 3050 Spanish for Medical Professionals


  • Españolé Instituto Cervantes Accredited Center, Valencia
    • Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced Spanish courses (Summer 2014)
  • Juan XXIII Middle and High School, Valencia
    • Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced English courses (2011-2012)
  • University of Valencia, Language Center
    • Intermediate and Advanced English courses (Summer 2011)
  • Gran Asociación Middle and High School, Valencia
    • Elementary and Intermediate English courses (2009)

Freelance Translation

International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW) Global monthly Newsletters (2013-2017)


“De Madres a Hijas: Mujer y Memoria en la Poesía de Juana Castro”, Congreso Internacional de Literatura Española Contemporánea (CILEC XVIII), Universidade Fernando Pessoa, Oporto, 2017.

“Imagen especular como superación del lenguaje en La hora de la estrella”, The Pennsylvania State University, 2015.

“Women in Spain”, St. Bonaventure University, 2013.

“Spanish Culture and History”, Allegany-Limestone Central School, New York, 2013.

“Sharing your culture”, Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants Conference, Washington, D.C. 2012.

Grants & Awards

Excellence in Teaching Award, The Pennsylvania State University, 2015

Translation and Interpretation Grant, Civil Society Forum, United Nations DESA and NGO Committee for Social Development, UNHQ, New York, 2013

Graduate Assistantship, Dept. of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, The Pennsylvania State University, 2013

Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program, IIE and U.S. Department of State, 2012

Translation Grant, Unit DGT.C.ES.01 “Law, citizenship, administrations and external relations”, European Commission, Directorate-General for Translation, Brussels, 2010

Erasmus Grant, University College London, 2007

Amanda Krehbiel

PhD Student
Office Hours:

Amanda recently received her B.A. in Spanish-Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies from Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA. While at Gettysburg, she spent a semester studying abroad in Mendoza, Argentina and a summer interning in Panama City, Panama. Her time in Argentina only increased her fascination with Eva Perón and sparked her interest in the creation and influence of nationalized figures in Latin America (Evita, Bolívar, Che, San Martín, etc). Her other research interests include Southern Cone Literature, Literature of Dictatorships, Latin American Cinema, and Brazilian Studies. In her free time she enjoys cooking, DIY projects, binge-watching Netflix (in Spanish and Portuguese, where she can find them), and spending time with friends and family.


  • M.A., Spanish, University of Virginia (expected 2019)
  • B.A., Spanish-Latin American, Caribbean, Latino Studies, Gettysburg College (2017), magna cum laude

Research Interests

  • Southern Cone Literature
  • National Figures
  • Eva Perón
  • Brazilian Studies
  • Latin American Cinema

Grants and Awards

  • Phi Beta Kappa, Gettysburg College (2017)
  • Miguel Cervantes Award for Spanish, Gettysburg College (Fall 2015)

María Inés Lagos

Professor of Spanish
New Cabell Hall 427
Office Hours:
Tuesday 2:00pm-4:00pm and by appt

Research Summary

María Inés Lagos is Professor of Spanish at the University of Virginia. Born in Santiago, Chile, she did her undergraduate work in Hispanic Literatures and Classics at the Catholic University of Valparaíso, and her M.A. and Ph.D. at Columbia University in New York. She has taught at The City College (CUNY), Dartmouth College, several summers at the Spanish Summer School at Middlebury College in Vermont (between 1980 and 1986), was a visiting faculty at Vassar College (Fall 1983), and from 1980 to 1988 an Assistant Professor at the State University of New York at Binghamton where she directed CUSH (Center for the Study of US Hispanics), 1987-88. From 1988 to 2002 at the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Washington University in St. Louis, she also taught courses in the Women's Studies Program. In 1995 she started and then directed Washington University's Study Abroad Program in Santiago, Chile; was a member of the Women's Studies executive committee (1992-2002), and for ten years coordinated the Women's Studies reading group in feminist theory (1991-2001); was president elect (1996-97) and president (1997-98) of the Association of Women Faculty (AWF) in the Danforth Campus. She joined the faculty of the Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese at the University of Virginia in August 2002, serving as departmental chair (2007-2010). She is editorial board member for Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Revista Nomadías (University of Chile), and reader for several journals and university presses. Her main fields of concentration are 20th and 21st century Latin American narrative, Latin American women’s fiction and autobiographical writing, and gender theory.

For a full list of Professor Lagos's publications, awards, and interests in research and teaching, please consult her C.V.


Ph.D., Columbia University, New York

M.Ph., Columbia University, New York

M.A., Columbia University, New York



Hechura y confección: escritura y subjetividad en narraciones de mujeres latinoamericanas. Santiago de Chile: Cuarto Propio, 2009.

En tono mayor: relatos de formación de protagonista femenina en Hispanoamérica. Santiago: Cuarto Propio, 1996. Manuscript was finalist in University of Miami’s “1995 Letras de Oro” competition.

H. A. Murena en sus ensayos y narraciones: de líder revisionista a marginado. Santiago: Ediciones del Maitén, 1989.

Edited Volumes

Contributing editor in charge of Latin American authors to Who’s Who in Contemporary Women’s Writing, Jane Elridge Miller, editor. New York: Routledge, 2001.

Creación y resistencia: la narrativa de Diamela Eltit, 1983-1998. Editor. Monographic Series of  Revista Nomadías (Gender and Cultural Studies Journal, University of  Chile). Editor. Santiago: CEGECAL / Editorial Cuarto Propio, 2000. It includes my presentation and an essay. 

La palabra en vilo: narrativa de Luisa Valenzuela. Co-editor. It includes my presentation and an essay. Santiago: Cuarto Propio, 1996.

Exile in Literature, Editor. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell UP, 1988. It includes my introduction and an article on exile in contemporary Latin American literature.

Selected Articles

Forthcoming: “Ana Mendieta’s Diasporic Life: Reflections on Nancy Morejón’s Elegy as Published in Ediciones Vigía.” Afro-Hispanic Review, 2017.

“Displaced Selves:  Exile and Migration in Latin American Women’s Writing (1980-1995).” The Cambridge History of Latin American Women’s Literature. Eds. Ileana Rodríguez and Mónica Szurmuk. Cambridge: Cambridge U P,  2015. 326-340.

“Inés de Suárez: ¿Fundadora y madre de la nación?,” Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos (Madrid): 781-782 (2015): 52-65. Dossier on “Mujeres españolas en ultramar.”

“Dictadura y (des)madre: Mina cruel de Alicia Borinsky.” Confluencia, 28, 1 (November 2012): 2–13.

“Mujer y ciudad en narraciones de tres escritoras chilenas: Eltit, Maturana y Fernández.” Chile urbano: La ciudad en la literatura y el cine. Ed. Magda Sepúlveda Eriz. Santiago de Chile: Centro de Estudios de Literatura Chilena / Editorial Cuarto Propio, 2012. 263–77.

“Nancy Morejón ensayista: la ciudad letrada desde una perspectiva cubana.” Revista Iberoamericana, LXXVII, 235 (April-June 2011): 539–556. Special issue devoted to Nancy Morejón. Juanamaría Cordones-Cook and Keith Ellis, editors.

“Entre Cambios y simetrías: el síndrome de Penélope en dos cuentos de Luisa Valenzuela: ‘Ceremonias de rechazo’ y ‘Viaje’”. En buena compañía. Estudios en honor de Luciano García Lorenzo. Eds. Joaquín Álvarez Barrientos, et al. Madrid: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, 2009. 1171–1179.

“Subjetividades corporalizadas: Maldito amor de Rosario Ferré y Jamás el fuego nunca de Diamela Eltit”. Nomadías. Centro de Estudios de Género y Cultura en América Latina. U de Chile. Noviembre 2009, 10: 87–110.

“Cortes, asimetrías, fisuras: Diamela Eltit y su poética de aparente (sólo aparente) caotización”. Hofstra Hispanic Review 2, 5 (Summer 2007): 139–52.

“Conversación con Diamela Eltit a propósito de Jamás el fuego nunca”. Hofstra Hispanic Review 2, 5 (Summer 2007): 109–116.

“Género y representación literaria en la construcción de Eva Perón: narraciones de Abel Posse, Alicia Dujovne Ortiz y Tomás Eloy Martínez.” Revista Chilena de Literatura 68 (2006): 73–103.

“Hechura y confección: autorreflexión, escritura y subjetividad en dos novelas de escritoras hispanoamericanas, En breve cárcel de Sylvia Molloy y Escenario de guerra de Andrea Jeftanovic”. Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 40, 2 (2006): 405–28.

“Exilio y subjetividad: textos de Sylvia Molloy, Tununa Mercado e Isabel Allende”. Revista Mal /Estar 5, 4 (Buenos Aires, December 2005): 129–35.

“Conflicting Body Signs in Rosario Ferré’s ‘La muñeca menor’.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 37 (2003): 167–87.

“Female Voices from The Borderlands: Isabel Allende’s Paula and Retrato en sepia”. Special Issue: Isabel Allende Today. Editors: Rosemary G. Feal and Yvette E. Miller.  Latin American Literary Review 30, no.60 (2002):  112-127.

“Sujeto mujer y gobierno militar en Conversación al sur de Marta Traba.”  Las grietas del proceso civilizatorio. Ana Pizarro, editor. Santiago: LOM, 2002. 53–68.

“Sujeto y representación: viaje al mundo del Otro en narraciones de Julio Cortázar, Luisa Valenzuela y Clarice Lispector.” Letras femeninas (2001) XXVII, No. 1. Special Issue devoted to Luisa Valenzuela. Edited by Juanamaría Cordones-Cook. 68–82.

“Lenguaje, género y poder en Los vigilantes de Diamela Eltit.”  Creación y resistencia: la narrativa de Diamela Eltit, 1983-1998. M. I. Lagos, editor. Monographic Series of the Journal Nomadías. Santiago: CEGECAL / Editorial Cuarto Propio, 2000. 129–47.

“Deconstrucción del estereotipo hispánico en narraciones de Julia Alvarez, Cristina García y Esmeralda Santiago.” Studies in Honor of Myron Lichtblau, Fernando Burgos, editor. Newark: Editorial Juan de la Cuesta, 2000. 195–214.

Balún-Canán: una novela de formación de protagonista femenina.” Revista Hispánica Moderna, Vol. L, No. 1 (June 1997): 159–79.

“Cuerpo y subjetividad en narraciones de Andrea Maturana, Ana María del Río y Diamela Eltit.” Revista Chilena de Literatura, No. 50 (1997): 97–109.

“Sujeto, sexualidad y literatura en ‘Cambio de armas’ y Novela negra con argentinos  de Luisa Valenzuela.” La palabra en vilo: narrativa de Luisa Valenzuela. Gwendolyn Díaz and María Inés Lagos, eds. Santiago: Cuarto Propio, 1996. 131-61.

“Displaced Subjects: Valenzuela and the Metropolis.” World Literature Today 69, 4 (Fall 1995): 726–32.

“Confessing to the Father: Marks of Gender and Class in Ursula Suárez's (1666–1749) Relación.”  MLN 110 (1995): 353–84. Reprinted in translation: “Cumplir con la obediencia al padre: género y clase en la Relación autobiográfica de Úrsula Suárez.” Memoria. Revista de Estudios Biográficos (Universitat de Barcelona, Spain), 3, (2006): 57–76.

“Relatos de formación de protagonista femenina en Hispanoamérica: desde Ifigenia  (1924) hasta Hagiografia de Narcisa la bella (1985).” Chapter from En tono mayor, reprinted in Narrativa Femenina en América Latina: Prácticas y perspectivas teóricas. Sara Castro-Klarén, ed. Frankfurt (Germany): Iberoamericana / Vervuert, 2003. 237-57.

“Familia, sexualidad y dictadura en Oxido de Carmen de Ana María del Río,” Special Issue of Inti. Revista de Literatura Hispánica, The Configuration of Feminist Criticism and Theoretical Practices in Hispanic  Literary Studies, 40 (Fall 1994): 207–17. Edited by Cynthia Duncan.

“Reflexiones sobre la representación del sujeto en dos textos de Diamela Eltit: Lumpérica y El cuarto mundo.” Una poética de literatura menor: la narrativa de Diamela Eltit.  Juan Carlos Lértora, ed. Santiago: Ediciones Cuarto Propio, 1993. 127–40.

“Estructura dual y sociedad patriarcal en María,” Revista de Estudios  Colombianos 8 (1990): 12–20. Reprinted in Estudios Colombianos. Asociación de colombianistas, Veinte años / 1983–2003. Edition and introduction by José Eduardo Jaramillo Zuluaga. Medellín: Fondo Editorial BPP, 2005. 217–34.

“El testimonio creativo de Hasta no verte, Jesús mío,” Revista Iberoamericana 150 (1990): 243–53.

“Mujer y política en Cambio de armas de Luisa Valenzuela,” Hispamérica  46–47 (1987): 71–83.

“En busca de una identidad: individuo y sociedad en Balún-Canán de Rosario Castellanos,” Texto crítico 12, 34–35 (1986): 138–59.

“Sumisión y rebeldía: el doble o la representación de la alienación femenina en narraciones de Marta Brunet y Rosario Ferré,” Revista Iberoamericana, 132-33 (July-Dec. 1985): 731–749.

“A Space of Her Own: The Second St. Poems by Chicana Poet Beverly Silva.” This essay is the book’s introduction. Ypsilanti, MI: The Bilingual Review Press, 1983. 9–32.

“Historia y escritura: Sarmiento y Gálvez,” Symposium 36, 4 (Winter 1982–83): 330–338.

Alicia López Operé

Assistant Professor of the General Faculty
NCH 465
Office Hours:
Monday 9:15am-11:15am & Wednesday 1:30pm-3:30pm and by appt


Ph.D. in Spanish, University of Virginia, 2009

M.A. in Spanish, University of Virginia, 2004

Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Philology, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, 2001


“Poetas del siglo XXI. Los caminos de la poesía joven española” (directed by Andrew A. Anderson)

Research Interests

  • 20 th-21th- century Spanish poetry
  • contemporary poetry written in Spanish
  • contemporary theater and poetic performance


In the US:

University of Virginia, 2014 – 2017

  • SPAN 3300: Text and Interpretation
  • SPAN 2020: Advanced Intermediate Spanish
  • SPAN 3050: Spanish for Medical Professionals
  • Teaching Assistant (2002-2009): Advanced Grammar and Composition; Literary Analysis; Business Spanish; Conversation and Culture; Grammar Review; Intermediate Spanish; Spanish for Beginners

University of Richmond, 2010 – 2014

  • LAIS 151: Accelerated Beginners Spanish
  • LAIS 221: Intensive Intermediate Spanish
  • LAIS 302: Spanish in Fiction
  • LAIS 304: Spanish in Theater
  • LAIS 306: Spanish in Business
  • LAIS 321: Literary Spain
  • LAIS 462: Seminar: Visions of Contemporary Spain - Poets and Songwriters

Mary Baldwin College, Fall 2009 – Spring 2010

  • Intermediate Spanish
  • Women Writers in Spanish
  • Composition
  • Approaches to Spanish Literature

University of Virginia, School of Engineering, Fall 2008

  • Spanish for Professionals

Speak, Language Center, Charlottesville, Virginia, Fall 2007 – Summer 2015

  • Courses and workshops for adults at beginner and intermediate level


Study Abroad Program in Valencia, Spain, Summers 2015 and 2016, University of Virginia.

  • SPAN 3300, Text and Interpretation
  • SPAN 3030, Cultural Conversations
  • SPAN 2020, Advanced Intermediate Spanish
  • Literary Analysis and Intermediate Spanish (Summer 2003, 2005 and 2006).

Assistant Director, Argentina Summer Program, Summer 2011, University of Richmond.

  • LAIS 302: Spanish Through Literature

Co-director/Instructor/Translator, May Term Abroad in El Salvador, May 2010, Mary Baldwin College.

University of Virginia Semester at Sea, Summer 2007.

  • Conversation and Culture 200 and 300 level


“Anverso y Reverso de un Comienzo: Parelelos Temáticos y Simbólicos en Génesis de la luz y Biografía sola, de Jaime Siles”. La poesía de Jaime Siles: desvelo del lenguaje. Madrid: Siglo XXI, 2014.

Book reviews

Rivero, Isel. Words Are Witnesses / Las Palabras Son Testigos. Madrid: Verbum, 2010. Reviewed in Cuadernos de Aldeeu, 24 (2012): 287-289.

Sixth Edition of Puentes. Spanish for Intensive and High-Beginners Courses. Patti J. Marinelli and Lizette Mujica Laughlin. Boston: Heinle Cengage Learning, 2014.

Second Edition of Tornasol. Guía para la interpretación de textos literarios y cine. Antonio Sobejano-Morán. Wilkes Barrea, PA: Panda Publications, 2017.


“De la poesía de la experiencia a la experiencia fragmentada: dos jóvenes poetas españoles del siglo XXI”. MIFLC Mountain Interstate Foreign Languages Conference, College of Charleston, October 2015.

“Síntesis dramática. Microteatro español en el siglo XXI”. Carolina Conference on Romance Languages. UNC – Chapel Hill, April 2015.

“Sexo 10.0, la parodia de la deshumanización y cibersexo en la era del chat”. Carolina Conference on Romance Languages. UNC – Chapel Hill, April 2014. Panel organizer

“Alberto Santamaría: La ironía de lo mundano solemne”. KFLC Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. University of Kentucky, April 2013.

“Elena Medel: la lógica de lo onírico”, SAMLA. Atlanta, November 2011.

“La visión miope en Echado a perder, de Carlos Pardo, poeta fragmentado del siglo XXI,” International Conference on Poetry of Spain and Hispanic-America. Wake Forest University, April 2010.

“Poesía española del siglo XXI. Joven poesía en antología.” Conference on Spanish and Hispanic American Poetry. University of Virginia, November 2007 (speaker and organizer).

“Joven poesía española en antología.” MIFLC Mountain Interstate Foreign Languages Conference. Roanoke, October 2007.

“Sabina, el poeta en la ciudad.” MIFLC Mountain Interstate Foreign Languages Conference. James Madison University, October 2006. Panel organizer.

“Un narrador cubista en Doña Inés.” KFLC Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. University of Kentucky, April 2005

Anne Garland Mahler

Assistant Professor of Spanish
New Cabell Hall 453
Office Hours:
Tuesday & Thursday 3:30pm-4:30pm and by appt

Research Summary

Anne Garland Mahler is an assistant professor of Latin American cultural studies and an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow of the Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures. Mahler is the Director of Global South Studies: A Collective Publication with the Global South and a founding executive board member of the Modern Language Association's Global South Forum. She is broadly interested in race and social movements in the American hemisphere, and especially in cold war politics and postcolonial and Global South theory. She holds a PhD from Emory University's Department of Spanish & Portuguese.

Mahler's book, From the Tricontinental to the Global South: Race, Radicalism, and Transnational Solidarity (forthcoming with Duke University Press, April 2018), historicizes the contemporary disjuncture between alter-globalization and racial justice discourses by looking back at a profoundly influential but understudied cold war movement called the Tricontinental (an alliance of liberation struggles from Africa, Asia, and the Americas that was headquartered in Havana, Cuba). From the Tricontinental to the Global South analyzes the expansive cultural production of the Tricontinental and traces the circulation of its discourse in related radical texts including Third Cinema, Cuban revolutionary film, the Nuyorican Movement, and writings by Black Power and Puerto Rican Young Lords activists. The book argues that alter-globalization movements––as well as theories of transnational subaltern resistance like the Global South that have developed alongside them––are recovering the latent ideological legacy of the Tricontinental through a global concept of power and through devising revolutionary subjectivities that are unmoored from territorial, racial, or linguistic categories. However, while these movements are reviving key ideological and aesthetic elements of the Tricontinental, they leave aside its primary contribution to the formation of a global struggle for racial justice. This book ultimately calls contemporary solidarity politics into a renewed engagement with black Atlantic thought, foregrounding the fight against racial inequities as a prerequisite to the future of transnational political resistance. Research for this project has been supported by travel grants to the Cuban Film Institute (ICAIC), the School of International Film and Television (EICTV) and the Tricontinental headquarters (OSPAAAL) in Havana, Cuba, as well as to the Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas, Austin. 

Mahler is at work on a second book, entitled South-South Organizing in the Global Plantation Zone: Unions, Racial Policing, and the Jim Crow Americas. It studies transnational networks of labor union organizers and the rise of anti-union policing in the 1920s-30s. Through connecting to the struggles of African Americans in the United States, Latin American union organizers devised a comparatist approach to policing and anti-union violence in a broader plantation zone largely owned by U.S. corporations.  With this lens, they theorized a relationship between anti-blackness and anti-immigrant sentiment in Latin American contexts with high levels of Haitian and West Indian migrant labor, and in this way, attempted to combat the rise of depression-era nationalism in their own organizations. Through a study of trade union periodicals, and related songs, novels, poetry, and ephemera, South-South Organizing sheds light on these understudied political networks and their contributions to contemporary social movements.

Mahler's written work has appeared in Latin American Research Review, Journal of Latin American Cultural StudiesSmall Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism, The Global South Atlantic (Fordham), and Oxford Bibliographies of Literary and Critical Theory. She is co-organizer of Men with Guns: Cultures of Paramilitarism and the Modern Americas, funded by the Ford Foundation and the Latin American Studies Association. This project brings together scholars from such diverse fields as anthropology, cultural studies, history, law, political science, and sociology and whose institutional affiliations and research are located in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, and the United States. 

Mahler teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the areas of Latin American literature and film, Caribbean studies, Afro-Latin American and Afro-Latinx studies, and Global South studies. Recent courses include "The Global South Imaginary"; "Black Politics in Cuba: Race and Reality in the 'African, Latin' Nation"; and "Afro-Latinidad across the Americas." Before joining UVa, Mahler was an assistant professor in the University of Arizona’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese. She serves as an MLA Delegate Assembly Representative for Women in the Profession.


Ph.D., Emory University

M.A., Emory University

B.A., University of Pittsburgh



From the Tricontinental to the Global South: Race, Radicalism, and Transnational Solidarity. Durham: Duke University Press. Forthcoming April 2018.

Refereed Articles and Book Chapters

"The Red and the Black in Latin America: Sandalio Junco and the 'Negro Question' from an Afro-Latin American Perspective." American Communist History. Forthcoming. 

“Beyond the Color Curtain: The Metonymic Color Politics of the Tricontinental and the (New) Global South.” The Global South Atlantic, eds. Kerry Bystrom and Joseph Slaughter, 99-123. New York: Fordham University Press, 2017.

“Global South.” Oxford Bibliographies in Literary and Critical Theory, ed. Eugene O'Brien. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.

“The Global South in the Belly of the Beast: Viewing African American Civil Rights Through a Tricontinental Lens.” Latin American Research Review 50.1 (2015): 95-116.

“Todos los negros y todos los blancos tomamos café: Race and the Cuban Revolution in Nicolás Guillén Landrián’s Coffea arábiga.” Small Axe: A Caribbean Platform for Criticism 46 (2015): 55-75.
--(Translation and reprint forthcoming in Guillén Landrián: por un cine salvaje, eds. Julio Ramos and Dylon Robbins. Leiden, NL: Almenara Press, 2018.)

“The Writer as Superhero: Fighting the Colonial Curse in Junot Díaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.” Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies 19.2 (2010): 119-40.
--(Reprinted in U.S. Latino/a Writing 4.10, ed. A. Robert Lee. London, UK: Routledge University Press, 2013.)

Selected Grants & Awards

University of Arizona Honors College Excellence in Advising. 2016.
2015 Ford-LASA Special Projects Grant.
2015 Director’s Fund for Excellence, Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry.
Center for Latin American Studies Faculty Travel Grant, University of Arizona, 2014.
College of Humanities Faculty Initiatives Grant, University of Arizona, 2014.
Student-Faculty Interaction Grant, University of Arizona, 2014.
Center for Community Partnerships Grant, Emory University, 2012.
Out There Arts Grant, Emory University, 2012. 
Laney Graduate School Research Support Grant, Emory University, 2010, 2011.
Emory Arts and Sciences Fellowship, Emory University, 2008-2013.

Jessica Marroquín

PhD Student
Office Hours:


  • Ph.D., Spanish. Dept. of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, University of Virginia (exp. 2020)
  • M.A., Spanish. Dept. of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, University of Virginia (May 2015)
  • B.A., Modern Languages: Spanish and French, Minor in Anthropology. Dept. of Modern Languages and Literatures, Kenyon College (May 2012)

Research Interests

  • Gender Studies: Representations of Masculinity and Femininity
  • Narcoculture(s) in Mexico and Central America
  • Aesthetics and Production of the Santa Muerte
  • The Tradition of the Danse Macabre
  • Colonial Latin America


Center for Advanced Operational and Culture Learning, Marine Corps University, 2015-2017

  • Wrote and developed more than 100 pages of curricula published internally by the Department of Defense for the Regional, Cultural, and Language Familiarization Program, U.S. Marine Corps


University of Virginia 2013-2015; 2017

  • SPAN 3010 (F 2017): Spanish Grammar and Composition I
  • SPAN 2010 (F 2013, F 2014, S 2015): Intermediate Spanish Language Course
  • SPAN 1010 (F 2015) and SPAN 1020 (S 2014): Beginner Spanish Language Courses
  • Selected by faculty to teach two intensive summer sessions of SPAN 2010-2020 in Valencia, Spain (Summer 2015) and in Charlottesville, VA (Summer 2014)

International American School of Cancún 2012-2013

  • Literatura y cultura Advanced Placement Course, Etimología, Composición y lenguaje, and a bilingual Creative Writing Elective

Kenyon College 2009-2012

  • Assistant Teacher of Intermediate Spanish Courses

Grants & Awards

  • Inducted as a member of the Zeta Zeta Chapter of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society Sigma Delta Pi (S 2017)
  • Achieved Distinction in Senior Exercises, Kenyon College (S 2012)


  • Graduate Student Representative: Elected by graduate student body to be the student faculty representative, organized two professional development workshops and the Graduate Student Lecture Series (F 2015)
  • Restarted and coordinated a biweekly poetry workshop with poet and Professor Fernando Operé (F 2015)

Loreto Romero Martínez Eiroa

PhD Student
New Cabell Hall 462
Office Hours:


Ph.D., Spanish Literature, University of Virginia

B.A., English Language and Literature, Universidad de Sevilla (Spain)

B.A., Spanish Language and Literature, Universidad de Sevilla (Spain)


"Early Modern Spanish Books as Cultural Artifacts: A Theoretical Approach to the Transmission and Reception of Fernando de Rojas’ Celestina"

This dissertation focuses on the numerous sixteenth-century editions of Celestina as material witnesses to the work’s early modern success and reception. It dwells on the extra-linguistic—versus the metalinguistic—features of Celestina as a literature, examining via methods of analytical bibliography the medium, not simply a product but a constituent in a process in which a series of meanings manifest themselves through the intervention of a number of agents. This being so, I use a hermeneutical approach to material textualities that progresses from empirical and pragmatic considerations to ones that are theoretically socio-historical. I propose to pursue an anthropologically and bibliographically centered philology whose goal is to account for Celestina’s popularity in sixteenth-century Spain and, in a broader sense, for all Spanish Golden Age “best-sellers.”

Research Interests

  • Medieval and Early Modern Literature
  • European Renaissance
  • Fernando de Rojas’ Celestina
  • Reception Theories
  • Readership
  • Manuscripts and Early Printed Books in Europe
  • Critical Bibliography and Library Studies


  • Spanish 3300 (Text & Interpretation)
  • Spanish 3030 (Cultural Conversations)
  • Spanish 3010 (Grammar and Composition I)
  • Spanish 2020 (Intermediate Spanish II)
  • Spanish 2010 (Intermediate Spanish)

Recent Presentations

“The Construction of the Dominant’s Class Power Discourse Through Love and Gender Performance: Re-imagining the Serrana Woman in the Fifteenth-Century Cancioneros.” MIFLC.

Grants & Awards

Pine Tree Foundation Fellow

Charkles Gordon Reid Award

Battestin Fellow, the Bibliographical Society of UVA

Buice Scholarship Fund, Rare Book School

Grant recipient, “Cultural Histories of the Material World: Early Modern Books and Objects,” Folger Institute

Stella Mattioli

Lecturer of Italian
New Cabell Hall 468
Office Hours:
Monday & Wednesday 1:00pm-2:00pm and by appt


M.A., University of Virginia, Italian Studies; Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese (2015)

B.A., Università degli Studi di Firenze, Organizzazione e gestione di eventi e imprese dell’arte e dello spettacolo; Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia (2005)

Research Interests

  • Self assessment in the Italian classroom
  • ePortfolios and their possibilities
  • Social media and their use in the classroom
  • Italian language pedagogy
  • Sherlock Holmes and mystery novels



  • Preceptor for ITAL 1000 and 2000 levels (2014-2017)


  • Italian 1010
  • Italian 1020
  • Italian 2010
  • Italian 2020
  • Summer Language Institute, Italian culture section (2014)
  • Summer Language Institute, Italian grammar section (2015)



His everlasting bow – Italian studies in Sherlock Holmes, co-authored with Alessandra Calanchi, Stephen King, Valerio Viviani, Gabriele Mazzoni, Caterina Marrone, Enrico Solito, Enrico Petrella, Fabio Petrella, Marco Grassi, Luca Sartori. Aras Edizioni, Fano, 2016. Print.

Dulce est pro patria mori - I caduti di Carmignano e Poggio a Caiano nella grande guerra 1915 - 1918, co-authored with Riccardo Fortunato, Edizioni Medicea Firenze, 2013. Print.


“Giallo deduttivo e letteratura hard boiled. Differenze e similitudini fra tre detective: Sherlock Holmes, Guglielmo da Baskerville e Philip Marlowe,”, 2013. Open access.


“The ePortfolio in the Italian language classroom: uses and possibilities”, American Association for Italian Studies/Canadian Society for Italian Studies, Columbus, OH, April 20-22, 2017.

“The e-Portfolio in the Italian language classroom: uses and possibilities”, Northeast Modern Language Association, Baltimore, MD, March 2017.

"The ePortfolio in the foreign language classroom: uses and possibilities", The Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning, Virginia Tech, VA, November 7, 2016.

“Using e-Portfolios in the second language classroom: the UVA experience”, roundtable. Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference, Harrisonburg, VA, 14 October 2016.

“The importance of self-assessment in the foreign language classroom”, Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington, KY, 14-16 April 2016.

“Dictionary: The Universe in Alphabetical Order”, American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages, San Diego, CA, 20-22 November 2015.

“How can students be motivated in the use of L2 for speaking?”, American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages, San Antonio, TX, 21 November 2014.

Grants & Awards

Grant Team Member, Foreign Language Learning ePortfolios, led by Professor Emily Scida, 2016.

Lola Pelliccia Graduate Prize for outstanding graduate performance in Italian Studies, University of Virginia, 2015.

Projects and co-curricular activities

Creator and chapter advisor for the University of Virginia chapter of the National Italian Honor Society Gamma Kappa Alpha.

Co-editor of La Vendemmia, The Newsletter of the Italian Studies Program at The University of Virginia.

Donald McGrady

Professor Emeritus
Office Hours:

From September 1983 to May 1994, Professor Donald McGrady taught Spanish literatures and literary histories at UVa.

He authored some 14 monographs and edited works of early modern and 18th-19th century Peninsular literature, and he received numerous fellowships and awards during his distinguished career, including a Guggenheim Fellowship (1972).

A photo of Professor McGrady is preserved in the university's Special Collections library.

Nasser Meerkhan

PhD Student
New Cabell Hall 438
Office Hours:


Ph.D., Spanish Literature, University of Virginia (expected 2018)
M.A., Hispanic Studies, Villanova University (2013)
B.A., Spanish Literature, Damascus University, Syria (2011)


Between Granada's Fading Glory and Castile's Incipient Empire: Historiography and the Islamic Conquest in Medieval Iberia

The dissertation deals with the concepts of imagination, nostalgia and ephemerality in the shaping of Medieval Iberian Islamic historiography. I argue that contradictory prophecies regarding the destiny of Islam in Iberia reflect a nostalgic view towards the Umayyad Caliphate; one where not only its brief glory but also its inevitable fall are anticipated in Al-Andalus. I look at the works of three historians: two Muslims (Ibn Al-Qutiyya, 10 th c. and Ibn Al-Khatib, 14 th c.) and those of Alfonso the Wise, as well as one chapter in Cervantes’s Don Quixote Part II. The objective is to reach a better understanding of the role played by Al-Andalus in the pragmatics of history writing in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia. By resorting to Iberian authors from different historic and cultural backgrounds, I aim to emphasize the transcultural and trans-temporal significance of their contributions to this broader view of Medieval and Early Modern Iberian history.

Research Interests

  • Medieval & Early Modern Iberia
  • Historiography in Al-Ándalus
  • Semitic maqamat
  • Picaresque literature
  • Medieval Islamic Philosophy


  • SPAN 3300 Texts and Interpretation (2016-17)
  • Intermediate Spanish I & II (UVa 2013-2016, Villanova University 2011-2013)
  • SPAN 4993 Language House - Casa Bolívar. (2013-14)
  • Intensive summer courses at UVa and Valencia, Spain (Summer 2014, 2015)
  • Introduction to Hispanic Cultural Studies in Cádiz, Spain (Summer 2012)


Translations (Spanish and English to Arabic, or viceversa)

Hajo, Gulnar. La aventura de Punto. Mixco, Guatemala: Amanuense, 2014. Print. ISBN: 9789929633186

Miró, Asha, and Anna Soler-Pont. Āthār Al-Ṣandal: Rastros De Sandalo: riwāyah. Bayrūt: al-Dār al-ʻArabīyah lil-ʻUlūm, 2011. Print. ISBN: 9786140101005.

Ayen, Xavi. Thawrat Nobel: Rebeldía De Nobel. UAE: Dar Al Thaqafa for Publishing & Distribution, 2011. Print. ISBN: 9789948446194.

Grisham, John. The Rainmaker. Aleppo, Syria: Ray Publishing & Science, 2010. Print.

Selected Presentations

“Failure of male-friendship in Celestina”, MIFLC: The 66th Annual Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference (October, 2016)

"A checker pattern woven of intellect: Misconceptions of the maqāmā genre in Iberian criticism", The 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies (May, 2016).

"A non-Arab's Journey to Colonial Spanish America: The Curious Case of Elias Al-Musili";, KFLC: The Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Conference. (April, 2016)

“For the Sake of Communication in Ḥayy Ibn Yaqzān: The Philosophus Autodidactus Revisited”, Dialogue and Difference in the Middle Ages, University of Bristol, UK (February, 2016)

"Dos marcos narrativos maestros y distintos: la maqāmā y la picaresca." Graduate Student Lecture Series, Department of Spanish, Italian & Portuguese, UVa (September, 2014).

“Genette, Arguedas y los zorros: una aproximación paratextual” in the conference “celebrating the centenary of José María Arguedas”, Villanova University (October 2011)

Grants & Awards

Buckner W. Clay award in the Humanities to research the influence of Islamic escatology in Dante’s Divine Commedy (2016-2017)

Admitted with subsidy to the summer school ”Reading Pleasure – Pleasure Reading. Medieval approaches to reading” in Istanbul, 23-28 May 2016.

Charles Gordon Reid, Jr Summer Travel Fellowship to take a course on El Greco in El Museo del Prado, organized by El Escorial (Summer 2014)

Summer Research Grant from Villanova University to work on the project: "The notion of cruelty in popular songs from Syria to Spain" (Summer 2012)

MAEC Scholar at Salamanca, Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (allows foreign students to take summer courses at Spanish universities) (Summer 2008)

Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Scholar, US Department of State (allows Middle Eastern students to spend a school year in the US with a host family) (2005-2006)

Lauren Mehfoud

PhD Student
Office Hours:


  • Ph.D., Spanish, University of Virginia (expected 2022)
  • M.A., Spanish, University of Virginia (expected 2019)
  • B.A., Spanish with a minor in Language Sciences, Virginia Tech (2016)

Research Interests

  • Migration
  • Modern Latin American literature and culture


  • Intermediate Spanish 2010 (Fall 2017)

Kate Neff

Lecturer of Spanish
New Cabell Hall 434
Office Hours:
: Monday, Wednesday & Friday 11:50am-12:30pm and by appt


M.A., Spanish, University of Virginia (2008)

B.A., English and Spanish, Grove City College (2006), summa cum laude

Research Interests

  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Communicative and Proficiency-Based Pedagogy
  • Student Motivation
  • Instructional Technology (E-Portfolios)
  • Accessibility in the Language Classroom


University of Virginia, 2014-2017


  • Preceptor for SPAN 1010-1020 (2015-present)

Instructor of Record:

Longwood University, 2008-2010

  • Elementary Spanish I
  • Intensive Elementary Spanish I-II
  • Intermediate Spanish I
  • Intermediate Spanish II

University of Virginia, 2006-2008

  • SPAN 106, Accelerated Elementary Spanish
  • SPAN 2010, Intermediate Spanish
  • SPAN 2020, Advanced Intermediate Spanish

Other Teaching Experience

  • Middle School Spanish Teacher and Exchange Program Coordinator, Green Acres School, Rockville, MD (2010-2014)


Modules on Group Work, Inclusive Assessment, and Error Correction in Longwood University’s Project LINC (Learning in Inclusive Classrooms)

Cassandra O'Mahoney

PhD Student
Office Hours:


Ph.D., Spanish, University of Virginia (Projected 2021)

M.A., Spanish, Saint Louis University, Madrid (2016)

B.A., Secondary Education and Spanish, Marquette University (2014), cum laude

Research Interests

  •     20th and 21st Century Spanish Peninsular Literature
  •     Post-Dictatorship Spanish Literature
  •     Contemporary Female Writers


Intermediate-Advanced Spanish 2020, Summer 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018

Intermediate Spanish 2010, Spring 2017

Intermediate Spanish 2010, Fall 2016

Grants & Awards

Participant in The Summer School in Global Studies and Critical Theory, Bologna, Italy, Summer 2017

Member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the National Jesuit Honor Society, since 2016

Member of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Spanish Honor Society, since 2012


“Las mujeres de la capital: los personajes femeninos de Capital de la gloria de Juan Eduardo Zúñiga”, Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, April 2017

“Using Short Stories as Input in the Second Language Classroom: A Study on the Effects on Student Retention of Grammar and Cultural Knowledge”, Action Research Poster, November 2016'

“La elipsis, la fragmentación y lo enigmático en Eloy Tizón: la importancia de lo no contado y lo no entendido”, VI Simposio Graduado, Saint Louis University - Madrid, March 2016

Table Moderator for Homenaje a Juan Eduardo Zúñiga: La literatura como vida, Saint Louis University - Madrid, October 2015

Astrid Lorena Ochoa Campo

PhD Student
New Cabell Hall 462
Office Hours:


Ph.D., Spanish, University of Virginia (projected 2020)
M.A., Spanish, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2010)
B.Ed., Universidad del Atlántico, Barranquilla, Colombia (2005)

Research Interests

  • 20th and 21st Latin American literature
  • Contemporary Latin American women writers
  • Feminist theory
  • Latino/a studies
  • Global South
  • Pedagogy


  • Grammar and Composition I (Fall 2017)
  • Advanced Intermediate Spanish, University of Virginia in Valencia, Spain (Summer 2017)
  • Advanced Intermediate Spanish 2020, University of Virginia (Summer 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017)
  • Intermediate Spanish 2010, University of Virginia (Fall 2015, Spring 2016)
  • Durham Academy, Durham, North Carolina (August 2012—June 2015)
  • High Point University, North Carolina (August 2011–July 2012)
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro (August 2008—July 2011)


Ochoa Campo, Astrid Lorena. 2017. “Differentiated Citizenship. Global South Studies: A Collective Publication with The Global South.


  • “The dialectics of exile in The Veins of the Ocean by Patricia Engel.Colombianx Studies Symposium, Williamstown, MA, October 20-21, 2017.
  • “De niño a mujer: Antonio/Antonia en La casa verde de Mario Vargas Llosa.” LASA, Lima, Peru, April 29-May 1 2017.
  • "No sé si es amor: ¿Rapto matrimonial o abuso infantil? Anselmo y Antonia en La casa verde de Mario Vargas Llosa." The 66 th Annual Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference, James Madison University, October 13-15, 2016.
  • “Using Music Videos as Authentic Texts to Promote Oral Discussions about Culture in Spanish”. Annual Conference of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP). Miami, FL, July 8-11, 2016.
  • “Francisco Núñez de Pineda y Bascuñán entre fiestas y rezos, en Cautiverio feliz”. Hispanic Studies Graduate Conference, Catholic University of America, April 23rd, 2016.
  • “Nuevas demandas de la integración de la tecnología en la enseñanza del español como lengua extranjera a nivel post secundario en Estados Unidos” Congreso Internacional de lectura y escritura en la sociedad global, Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia, June 2013.
  • “Neoliberalismo y globalización en “María llena eres de gracia”. William Wilson Brown Jr. Conference of Latin American Studies, UNC Charlotte, April 2011.
  • “Dos mujeres, un camino, en dos cuentos de María Luisa Bombal”. The 17 th Annual Conference on Romance Literatures, UNC, March 2011.

Grants & Awards

  • Diversity Program's Professional Development Award, UVA (Spring 2017)
  • LASA 2017 Graduate Student Travel Grant
  • Durham Academy Honored Educator Scholar 2013—2014
  • Khan International Student Scholar (Grant), UNCG (Fall 2010)
  • International Student Academic Achievement Award (2008—2010)

Fernando Operé

Professor of Spanish
New Cabell Hall 425
Office Hours:
Tuesday 2:00pm-4:00pm & Wednesday 11:00am-1:00pm and by appt

Research and Creative Summary

Fernando Operé is Professor of Spanish, and Director of the Latin American Studies Program. He is Licenciado in Filología y Letras from the University of Barcelona, and holds an MA and PhD from the University of Virginia. He is an expert on Colonial and 19th Century Latin American Literature, and Spanish and Latin American Poetry. Dr. Operé has published several books on cultural history, as well as numerous articles on romanticism, modernism, captivity literature, and the historical novel. Professor Operé is Director of the Hispanic Studies Program, the study abroad program that the University of Virginia has in Valencia, Spain. He is also Director of the Institute Literatura argentina en Argentina: Crítica y Creación, that is held every year in Chaco, Argentina, in conjunction with the Centro de Altos Estudios Literarios y Sociales, Chaco. Professor Operé has published ten books of poetry, and given readings and poetry workshops in the US, Spain, Mexico, and Argentina. He has directed more than thirty theatrical productions, an activity that he carries out every year. For more detailed information, please visit his web page.


Ph.D., University of Virginia

M.A., University of Virginia


Books (critical)

Relatos de cautivos en las Américas de Canadá a la Patagonia. Siglos XVI al XX. Buenos Aires: Corregidor, 2016.

Indian Captivity in Spanish America: Frontier Narratives (University of Virginia Press, 2007)

España y los españoles de hoy. Historia, Sociedad y Cultura (Prentice Hall , 2007)

Historias de la frontera. El cautiverio en la América hispánica (Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2001)

Cautivos (EIMFC, 1997)

Civilización y barbarie en la literatura argentina del siglo XIX. El Tirano Rosas (Ed Conorg, 1987)

Books (creative)

Liturgia del atardecer. Puerto Rico: Isla Negra, 2016.

Ciudades de tiza. Paisajes de papel. Bilbao: Muelle de Uribarre, 2014

Refranero de ausencias. Sevilla: Renacimiento, 2014.

Around the World in 80 Poems/La vuelta al mundo en 80 poemas. Madrid: Biblioteca Nueva, 2013.

Cántico Segundo. Con Mempo Giardinelli. Resistencia, Argentina: FMG, 2009

Anotado al margen. Cuaderno de ruta. Madrid: Nosoyotros editores, 2007

Memorial del olvido. Resistencia: Librería de la Paz, 2005

Poesía a dos voces. con Mempo Giardinelli.  Resistencia: FMG. 2004

Concierto de Música y Poesía. CD con Mempo Giardinelli. Resistencia, 2004

Alfabeto de ausencias. Madrid: Nosyotros Editores, 2002

Salmos de la materia. Madrid: Editorial Verbum, 2000

Amor a los cuerpos. Puerto Rico: Editorial Isla Negra, 1997

Acróbata de ternuras. Madrid: Ediciones Endymión, 1994

¿Quién eres tú Betty Blue? Valencia: Fundación Instituto Shakespeare, 1991

Despedidas. Sagunto, Valencia: Ardeas, 1987

Días de lluvia  y otros soles. Madison, Wi:  Martha Gómez, 1987


Humanismo Solidario. Poesía y compromiso en la sociedad contemporánea. Remedios Sánchez García ed. Madrid: Visor, 2014.

Poetas del Siglo XXI. Antología de Poesía. Fernando Sabido Sánchez ed.

Arquitectura de la palabra (Antología poética). María Teresa Espasa. ed. Valencia: Intitució Alfons El Magnanim, 2012.

Susurros, para disipar las sombras (Antología poética). Juan Goergen ed. Chicago: Erato, 2012.

Pegasos de dos siglos: Poesía en Kentucky 1977-2007. College Station, TX: Hispanic Poetry Review, 2007

Cauteloso engaño. Antología. Rei Berroa ed. Santo Domingo, R.D.: Colección  Libros de la Luna, 2007.

Escritores españoles en los Estados Unidos. Antología. Gerardo Piña ed.  New York: Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española, 2007.

Poetas sin fronteras. Ramiro Lagos ed. Madrid: Editorial Verbum, 2000.

Academic Articles

“Achicando fronteras: la obra de Edward Stanton”. This Spanish Thing. Essays in Honor of Edward F. Stanton. Michael J. McGrath, ed. Neward, Del.: Juan de la Cuesta, 2016, pp. 43-48.

“Los imaginarios de la Nación Española. Historia y mitos nacionales”. This Spanish Thing. Essays in Honor of Edward F. Stanton. Michael J. McGrath, ed. Neward, Del.: Juan de la Cuesta, 2016, 209-220.

“Exilio o peregrinaje: la intelectualidad española en USA”. Cuadernos de ALDEEU 30 (2016): 121-131

“142 años después de Julio Verne, La vuelta al mundo en 80 poemas.” La Nueva literatura hispánica 19 (2015): 99-112.

“El viaje a la guerra: Estanislao Zeballos y La conquista de quince mil leguas”. Miríada Hispánica 6 (2014): pp. 125-133.

“Los viajeros que no querían viajar”. Puente Atlántico. Siglo XXI (10/27/2014).

“Joaquín Sabina, entre la crónica y las más recientes tradiciones poéticas”. Anthropos, Cuadernos de Cultura Crítica y Conocimiento 238 (2013): pp. 225-239.

“Autobiografía o testimonio. El cautiverio de Helena Valero en el Orinoco”. Miríada Hispánica 5 (2012): 159-174.

“Del norte al sur, del centro a la periferia: la cultura política de la gastronomía  española”. Comida y bebida en la lengua española, cultura y literaturas hispánicas. Pejović, Sekulić & Karanović (eds): FILUM, Kragujevac, 2012, pp. 157-172.

“Argentina 1810-2010, entre Independencia y post-colonialismo”. América latina, Globalidad e Integración III vol. Antonio Colomer ed. Madrid: Ediciones del Orto, 2012, pp. 1315-1322.

“Un académico en Nueva York: Las ventanas de Antonio Múñoz Molina”. El Español y su literatura en los Estados Unidos. Enrique Ruiz Fornells ed.      Burgos: Instituto Castellano y Leonés de la Lengua, 2011.

“Miguel Hernández en las Américas.” Miguel Hernández desde América, edited by Elvia Ardalani. University of Texas Pan American Press, 2011. pp. 161-176

“José Luis Alonso de Santos: dramaturgo de la Transición española.” Miríada Hispánica 1 (2010): 69-74.

“Una España para ser narrada: los cronistas de la transición.” Hispanic Journal 31, 2 (2010): 39-52.

“Tango: Entre pureza y revolución.” Essays in Honor of Juan Cano Ballesta, edited by Candelas Gala and Anne E. Hardcastle, Newark, Juan de la Cuesta-Hispanic Monographs (2009).

“La frontera como argumento y articulación teórica en la cultura y la literatura argentina.” Brocar. Cuadernos de investigación histórica. 30 (2006): 173-92.

“Entre el tango y el bolero. la poesía que se baila.” En Erie. A orillas del lago. Juan Fernández Jiménez, ed. Erie, Pa: ALDEEU (2008).

“La María de Isaacs y la búsqueda de espacios idílicos.” En Cajón de los textos.Ensayos sobre literatura hispanomericana. Carmenza Kline, ed. Bogotá: Fundación General de la Universidad de Salamanca (2007).

“‘Lo quiero más al indio que a ti’. Relecturas de civilización y barbarie en los hermanos Mansilla.” En Cajón de los textos. Ensayos sobre literatura hispanomericana. Carmenza Kline, ed. Bogotá: Fundación General de la Universidad de Salamanca (2007).

“El teatro como literatura.” Fomento del libro y la lectura./ 8 Propuestas y reflexiones. Resistencia Chaco (2007).

“Diálogo entre dos mundos: la España de Pablo Neruda.” Cuadernos de literatura, X, 20 (2006): 53-66.

“De Cervantes a Ercilla, entre tradición y rupturas.” Exégesis, 18, 53 (2005): 13-19.

“De España en el corazón a Canto general: La gestación del gran mural de Neruda.” Sophia Austral, 9 (2004): 42-50.

“’Amor de ciudad grande’ y el transnacionalismo en José Martí.” Hispanic Poetry Review, 5,1 (2003)

“La cautiva de Echeverría, el trágico señuelo de la frontera.” Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 80- 5 (2003): 545-54.

“Fronteras y cautivos en Hispanoamérica.” Cuadrivium, 4 and 5 (2003): 56-62.

“Voces ignoradas de la frontera patagónica.” Explicación de textos literarios, 28- 1&2 (1999-2000): 31-39.

“Señas de identidad en la poesía de César Simón.” Quaderns de Filologia. Estudis Literaris, 5 (2000): 65-72.

“La importancia de la lectura de los textos coloniales.” Foro Internacional por el fomento del libro y la lectura. Resistencia: Universidad Nacional del Nordeste (1999): 87-92.

“Cumandá: la novela ecuatoriana entre la cruz y la espada.” Crítica Hispánica, 1&2, XX (1998): 77-87.

“Españoles cautivos en Norteamérica.” De la catedral al rascacielos. Eds. Corbalán, Piña, Toscano. New York: The Peconic Company, 1998, pp. 235-44.

“Cautivos de los indios, cautivos de la literatura en la América Hispánica: el caso del Río de la Plata.” Hispamérica, 76/77, XXVI (1997): 49-76.

“El discurso natural y moral en Hispanoamérica: De la colonia a la independencia.” Letras de Deusto, 70, 26 (1996): 145-167.

“Del teatro azteca al drama cristiano: un caso de mestizaje cultural.” Estudios de Lengua y Cultura Amerindias, ed. Julio Calvo Pérez. Valencia: Universidad de Valencia Press, 1994, pp. 309-323.

José Luis Ortiz Rosario

Lecturer of Spanish
New Cabell Hall 481
Office Hours:
Tuesday 10:00am-12:00pm and by appt

Mr. José Luis Ortiz-Rosario holds a MA degree in Hispanic Studies from University of Illinois at Chicago. His concentration was in Descriptive Linguistics as well as Sociolinguistics. 

His academic interests cover several fields: descriptive linguistics, methodology, pedagogy, SLA, and sixteenth century peninsular literature (especially the picaresque novels). His current interests include implementing code-switching in teaching bilingual students as well as the pragmatics (of code-switching in daily conversation).

He has taught at University of Illinois at Chicago, University of West Georgia, Coastal Carolina University & Georgia Southern University. He served as coordinator of basic language, liaison for the study abroad to Mexico and Costa Rica and gave writing workshops.

During his free time, Mr. Ortiz plays competitive volleyball, reads linguistics journals, cooks, and enjoys watching movies.

One of his favorite quotes is: “So if you want to learn Spanish, be prepared for a difficult journey, and be prepared to make mistakes. That’s okay, it’s all part of the process. True knowledge must be obtained the hard way, and some people just don’t want to see the light.”

Ricardo Padrón

Associate Professor of Spanish
New Cabell Hall 423
Office Hours:
Monday & Wednesday 3:00pm-4:00pm by appt

Research Summary

Ricardo Padrón is an Associate Professor of Spanish who studies the literature and culture of the early modern Hispanic world, particularly questions of empire, space, and cartography.  Currently, he is completing a monograph about the transpacific imagination in sixteenth century Spanish imperialism. Provisionally entitled ReOrienting the Indies: Spain, the Pacific, and Asia, 1513-1609, the book will be published by the University of Chicago Press.  His research for this book has taken him to China, Japan, and the Philippines, and has been sponsored by U.Va.’s Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation, Arts & Sciences at U.Va., and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  He has also published on early modern poetry and historiography, and on the mapping of imaginary worlds in modern times.  Prof. Padrón is an active member of the Renaissance Society of America, in which he has served as Disciplinary Representative for the Americas section, and of the Latin American Studies Association.


Ph.D., Harvard

M.A., Harvard

A.M., Chicago

B.A., University of Virginia



ReOrienting the Indies: Spain, the Pacific, and Asia, 1513-1609 (Forthcoming, U of Chicago Press).

The Spacious Word: Cartography, Literature, and Empire in Early Modern Spain (University of Chicago Press, 2004) 

Recent Articles

“Hybrid Maps: Cartography and Literature in Spanish Imperial Expansion, Sixteenth Century.”  For a volume on cartography and literature forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press.

“Mapping Without Maps: Memory and Cartography in Las Casas’s Very Brief Account of the Destruction of the Indies.”  Routledge Handbook of Literature and Space, edited by Robert Tally.  New York and London: Routledge, Forthcoming, 2017.  

“The Philippines and the Body Politic: The Transpacific Cartography of Vicente de Memije” in Transpacific Engagements: Exchange, Translation, and Visual Culture in the Age of Empires, 1565–1898, Edited by Florina H. Capistrano-Baker, et. al.  Los Angeles: Getty Research Institute, Forthcoming.

“(Un)Inventing America: The Transpacific Indies in Oviedo and Gómara.”  Colonial Latin American Review 25/1 (2016): 16-34.  

“Las indias olvidadas.” Terra Brasilis: Revista da Rede Brasileira de História da Geografía e Geografía Histórica 4 (2015).  Accessed July 12, 2016.

Joseph Paola

PhD Student
New Cabell Hall 438
Office Hours:

Joseph Paola is a Ph.D. student who received a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Global Studies from Providence College in Rhode Island in 2011.  After graduating, he lived in Spain while completing his Master’s in Spanish at Middlebury College’s campus in Madrid.  He has taught Spanish at both the high school and university levels. 

His primary research interests include (among others) Renaissance and Baroque Peninsular literature, particularly poetry. More specifically, he is interested in the influence of Italian authors and literary styles on Early Modern Spanish literature, and the cultural exchange between the two nations. 

In his spare time he enjoys running, reading, drinking coffee, and occasionally chain-watching Netflix.

Sara Park

PhD Student
Office Hours:


Ph.D., Spanish, University of Virginia (expected 2020)
M.A., Spanish, Seoul National University (2016)
B.A., Spanish, Seoul National University (2013)

Research Interests

  • 19th and 20th-century Latin American Literature
  • Gender Studies
  • Immigration
  • Comparative Literary Studies
  • Roberto Bolaño


Intermediate Spanish, SPAN 2010 (Fall 2016- Spring 2017)


“Soledad y solidaridad en la narrativa breve de José Revueltas.” Sincronía 69 (2016): 388-405.


“Soledad frente a solidaridad social, en Dios en la tierra de José Revueltas.” XVII Congreso de la FIEALC, Busan, Korea, August 2015.

“La reescritura de La divina comedia: El aleph de Jorge Luis Borges.” Congreso de Invierno de la Asociación Coreana de Hispanistas, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, December 2014.

“La voz social de Nicanor Parra en la ecopoesía.” Literatos latinoamericanos en centenario, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada, October 2014.

“Cómo La Madelón se transformó en una mujer: Una mala noche la tiene cualquiera de Eduardo Mendicutti.” Congreso de Verano de la Asociación Coreana de Hispanistas, Dankook University, Cheonan, Korea, June 2014.

Grants & Awards

Lecture/Research Fellowship (G.S.I.), Seoul, Korea, September 2015-February 2016

Brain Korea 21 Plus Fellowship, Seoul, Korea, September 2014-August 2015

Lecture/Research Fellowship (G.S.I.), Seoul, Korea, September 2013-August 2014

Superior Academic Performance, Seoul, Korea, 2007, 2009-2011 (on leave of absence in 2008)

Deborah Parker

Professor of Italian
New Cabell Hall 437
Office Hours:
Monday & Wednesday 1:00pm-2:00pm and by appt

Research Summary

Deborah Parker is Professor of Italian at the University of Virginia. Her research expertise and teaching focus on Italian and Mediterranean visual and print cultures in the medieval and early modern eras. She is the author of numerous monographs, articles, and collaborative projects in print and digital platforms. Her work has been supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Villa I Tatti—the Harvard Center for Italian Studies, Folger Shakespeare Library—and numerous others.


Ph.D., Harvard

M.A., University of British Columbia

B.A., University of Toronto



Sucking Up: A Brief Consideration of Sycophancy. forthcoming in October 2017.

Inferno Revealed: From Dante to Dan Brown. Co-authored Mark Parker (Palgrave Macmillan , 2013).

The DVD and the Study of Film: The Attainable Text. Co-authored with Mark Parker (Palgrave McMillan, 2011).

Michelangelo and the Art of Letter Writing. (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

Bronzino: Renaissance Painter as Poet (Cambridge University Press, 2000).

Commentary and Ideology: Dante in the Renaissance (Duke University Press, 1993).

Film & Digital Work

The World of Dante

Bronzino’s Erotic Imagination: The Lesson of ‘Del Pennello, Metropolitan Museum of Art, March 2011

A Hymn to Intellectual Beauty: Creative Minds and Fashion

Selected Articles

"JFK's Dante," forthcoming in Presidential Studies Quarterly.

Bronzino’s Dante, forthcoming in Dante Studies.

The Function of Michelangelo in Vasari’s Lives, forthcoming in I Tatti Studies in the Italian Renaissance.

"Illuminating Botticelli's Chart of Hell," Modern Language Notes: Italian Issue 128 (2013):83-102. 

"Better than Giotto?" Source: Notes in the History of Art 32 (2013):1-4.

“Vasari’s Portrait of Six Tuscan Poets: A Visible Literary History,” Modern Language Notes 127 (2012):204-215.

“Bronzino’s Erotic Imagination: The Lesson of ‘Del pennello,’” forthcoming in Renaissance Studies in Honor of Joseph Connors, to be published with Olschki.

“Guidelines for the Evaluation of Digital Humanities Projects,” ADFL Bulletin 41 (2009):41-75.

“The Role of Letters in Biographies of Michelangelo,” Renaissance Quarterly 58 (2005):91-126.

“Bronzino and the Diligence of Art, ” Artibus et Historiae 49 (2004):1-14.

“New Perspectives on Japanese Prints: “The Moon Has No Home.” Japanese Color Woodblock Prints from the Collection of the University of Virginia Art Museum,” Virginia Quarterly Review 80 (2004):195-206.

“Directors and DVD Commentary: The Specifics of Intention,” co-authored with Mark Parker Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 62 (2004):13-22. Reprinted in The Philosophy of Film: Introductory Text and Readings (Blackwells: Oxford, 2005).

“Poetry of Patronage: Bronzino and the Medici,” Renaissance Studies 17 (2003):230-245.

“Italian Renaissance Art” Review article of Grove Encyclopedia of Italian Renaissance & Mannerist Art in Virginia Quarterly Review 78 (2002):175-77.

“Dante giocoso: Bronzino’s Burlesque Transformations of the Commedia,” Quaderni d’Italianistica 22 (2001):77-101.

“Edizioni e interpretazioni della Commedia nel Rinascimento,” in Pour Dante.

Dante et l’Apocalypse. Lectures Humanistes de Dante, ed. Bruno Pinchard (Paris, Honoré Champion, 2001), 295-303.

“The World of Dante: A Hypermedia Archive for the Study of the Inferno,” Literary and Linguistic Computing 16 (2001):287-297.

“Toward a Reading of Bronzino’s Poetry,” Renaissance Quarterly 50 (1997):1011-1044.

“Interpreting the Commentary Tradition to Dante’s Comedy” in Dante, Ed. Amilcare Iannucci (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997).

“Women in the Book Trade in Italy, 1475-1620,” Renaissance Quarterly 49 (1996):509-541.

Selected Grants & Awards

Sorensen Research Fellowship, John F. Kennedy Library (2015)

NEH Seminar for high school teachers on Dante’s Inferno: Influence, Adaptation, Appropriation (2014)

Visiting Professor, Villa I Tatti: Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies (2009)
NEH Daniels’ Family Distinguished Teaching Fellowship (2008-11)

Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation (1993; 2006)

NEH Digital Humanities grant (2008-11)

University of Virginia Arts and Sciences Research Fellowship (2004, 2005, 2007, 2008)

Sesquicentennial Research Fellowship (1990, 1997, 2003)

Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, University of Virginia (1996)

University of Rome/Univ. of Virginia Fellowship (1987, 1992)

Villa I Tatti Fellowship (1992)

Folger Shakespeare Library (1990)

Anthony Pasero-O'Malley

PhD Student
New Cabell Hall 458
Office Hours:

Anthony Pasero-O’Malley is a first year Ph.D. student. He graduated from the Saint Louis University-Madrid campus with a B.A. in Spanish / International Relations followed by Masters in Spanish Literature & Linguistics from Marquette University. Research interests include the Spanish Civil War, Spanish Romanticism and 19 & 20th Century Peninsular Literature and Film.

Andrea Pauw

PhD Student
Office Hours:
Wed 11:00-12:00; Th 2:15-3:15


Ph.D., Spanish (August 2014-present) University of Virginia
M.A., Spanish (May 2016) University of Virginia
B.A., Hispanic Studies, Minor in Music (May 2013) Davidson College, Magna cum laude

Research Interests

  • Aljamiado-morisco literature
  • Medieval and Early Modern Spain
  • Interfaith relationships
  • 19th-century historiographical and artistic representations of Moriscos
  • Linguistic Anthropology


  • Texts and Interpretation (Fall 2017)
  • Intermediate Spanish Language (Fall 2015; Summer 2016)
  • Don Quixote (Spring 2016): Teaching assistant for English and Spanish-language discussion
  • Spanish Grammar and Composition I (Fall 2016-Spring 2017)


“Translating Footsteps”, Early American Literature 52.1 (February 2017). Conference Review: Translation and Transmission in the Early Americas of The Society of Early Americanists, with Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture.


“Moriscos in Nineteenth-Century Historiography and Art,” Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA (November 2016)

“Art and Authority in the Poema de José,” International Conference on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (May 2017)

Grants & Awards

Jefferson Fellowship, Jefferson Scholars Foundation, Charlottesville, VA (2014-present)

Casa de Velázquez Research Fellowship, Madrid (Summer 2017)

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) Summer Research Grant, Charlottesville, VA  (Spring 2017)

Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation Graduate Student Research Grant, Charlottesville, VA (Spring 2017)

Institute of World Languages (IWL) Graduate Student Travel Grant, Charlottesville, VA  (Spring 2017)

Summer Language Language Study Grant, Charlottesville, VA  (Spring 2017)

Charles Gordon Reid, Jr. Fellowship, Madrid (Summer 2016)

Summer Language Study Fellowship, Charlottesville, VA (Summer 2015)

Davidson College Impact Fellowship, Mérida, Mexico (July 2013-June 2014)

Davidson College Research Grant, Buenos Aires (June 2012)

Plott Music Performance Scholarship, Davidson, NC (August 2009-May 2013)

Rufus Hallmark Writing Award, Davidson, NC (May 2012)

Phi Beta Kappa, Davidson College (May 2013)

Gustavo Pellón

Professor of Spanish
New Cabell Hall 463
Office Hours:
On Leave Spring 2018

Research Summary

Professor Pellón’s major fields of teaching and research are the contemporary novel in Latin America, literary theory, and translation.  He has published a book on the Cuban poet and novelist Lezama entitled: José Lezama Lima’s Joyful Vision, and many articles on leading Latin American writers including Gabriel García Márquez, Manuel Puig, Severo Sarduy, José Martí, and Julio Cortázar. Professor Pellón has contributed chapters to The Cambridge History of Latin American Literature, A History of Literature in the Caribbean, the Encyclopedia of Slavery and to the Encyclopedia of Cuba. Monte Ávila Editores in Caracas published the translation of his book on Lezama, La visión jubilosa de José Lezama Lima.

Pellón is the translator of short stories by Horacio Quiroga, Juan Bosch, Augusto Roa Bastos, and José Alcántara Almánzar among others. He also has translated Mariano Azuela’s Los de abajo published as The Underdogs: Pictures and Scenes from the Present Revolution ( Hackett Publishing Company, September 2006); The U.S.-Mexican War: A Binational Reader (Hackett Publishing Company, 2010); Mempo Giardinelli's novel An Impossible Balance, (Juan de la Cuesta, 2010). Most recently he has completed The Shadow of the Strongman, the first English translation of Martín Luis Guzmán’s novel La sombra del Caudillo (1929).  He is currently working on the translation of José Martí’s novel Lucía Jerez.


Ph.D., Comparative Literature, State University of New York at Binghamton (1981)

B.A., History and Comparative Literature, Brown University (1975)



La visión jubilosa de José Lezama Lima: Un estudio sobre Paradiso y otras obras en prosa. Monte Ávila Editores Latinoamericana, 2005.

José Lezama Lima's Joyful Vision: A Study of Paradiso and Other Prose Works. U of Texas P, 1989.

Upstarts, Wanderers or Swindlers: Anatomy of the Picaro, A Critical Anthology. Edited and with an Introduction by Gustavo Pellón and Julio Rodríguez-Luis. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1986.


Martín Luis Guzmán. The Shadow of the Strongman (La sombra del Caudillo), Hackett Publishing Company, forthcoming in September 2017.

José Martí. Lucía Jerez. Stockcero. Signed contract with Stockcero. First draft completed, manuscript not submitted.

Mempo Giardinelli, An Impossible Balance [Imposible equilibrio]. Juan de la Cuesta, Hispanic Monographs. (January 2010).

The US-Mexican War: A Binational Reader. Christopher Conway, Editor. Hackett Publishing Company. (March 2010).

Fernando Operé. Indian Captivity in Spanish America. [Historias de la frontera: el cautiverio en la América hispánica]. University of Virginia Press (January 2008).

Mariano Azuela. The Underdogs : Pictures and Scenes from the Present Revolution with Related Texts [Los de abajo]. Hackett Publishing Company (September 2006). First printing of 6,000 copies sold out. Second printing of 3,000, April 2013. Plus ebook versions.

Antonio Skármeta. "The Infinite Brunette." Virginia Quarterly Review. (Winter 2005): 305-309.

José Alcántara Almánzar.“With Dad at Madame Sophie’s” (short story) Callaloo, 23,3. (Summer 2000): 936-944.

Mempo Giardinelli. The Dance of the Hippos. (Excerpt of translation of Imposible equilibrio) Bomb Magazine. December 1999 (Special issue on Latin American Literature).

Luis Sepúlveda, El mundo del fin del mundo. Translation commissioned by Paramount Pictures.(Unpublished).

Víctor Farías, foreword to the Spanish edition of Heidegger and Nazism. In The Heidegger Case: On Philosophy and Politics. Eds. Tom Rockmore and Joseph Margolis. Philadelphia: Temple UP, 1992.

In The Spanish American Short Story: A Critical Anthology. Ed. Seymour Menton. Berkeley: U of California P, 1980.

Humberto Arenal, "Mr. Charles."

Juan Bosch, "The Woman."

Ramón Ferreira, "A Date at Nine."

Horacio Quiroga, "The Dead Man."

José Revueltas, "God on Earth."

Augusto Roa Bastos, "The Prisoner."

Selected Grants & Awards (since 2010)

2016 Invited by Associate Dean for the Arts and Humanities, Francesca Fiorani and Robert Vaughn, President of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities to teach the South Atlantic Humanities Seminar for Doctoral Candidates.

June 2014. Lacey and John Colligan create a fund to support my research in memory of their daughter Austin Colligan, who was my student and advisee for the Spanish Distinguished Major.

February 2014. The Development Office informed me that an alumna made a donation to the college in my honor.

2011 (Fall) Sesquicentennial Associate, University of Virginia.

2011 (Spring) All-University Teaching Award.

For a full list of Professor Pellón's publications and awards for research and teaching, please Consult his C.V.

Maiya Pittman

PhD Student
Office Hours:
Wednesdays 2–4pm


Ph.D., Spanish, University of Virginia (projected 2022)
M.A., Spanish, University of Virginia (projected 2019)
B.A., Foreign Language: Spanish, Virginia Commonwealth University (2017), magna cum laude
—Università per Stranieri di Perugia, June-July 2016 language intensive

Research Interests

  • Contemporary Latin American film 1980s–present, Italian film 1960s–present
  • 20th and 21st Century Poetry
  • African American Studies, Women and Gender Studies, and Queer Studies including LGBTQ+
  • Collegiate and Professional Slam Poetry
  • Podcasts, Infographics, and Film Studies
  • Digital Humanities


  • Presidential International Education Award, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2016
  • Italian Studies Scholarship, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2016
  • Barbara A. Roby Scholarship, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2016

Randolph Pope

Emeritus Faculty, Commonwealth Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature
New Cabell Hall 471
Office Hours:
Tuesday & Thursday 10:00am-11:30am and by appt

Research Summary

Randolph Pope is the Commonwealth Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature at the University of Virginia, where he has served as Chair of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese (2004–2007) and Director of Comparative Literature (2008–2011). He has also been the Director of Graduate Studies in Spanish (2001–2004 and 2013–2016). Born in Chile, he studied Spanish Literature and Classics at the Universidad Católica de Valparaíso. He received an M.A. and Ph.D. in Spanish from Columbia University in New York. His field of specialization is the Peninsular novel and autobiography, but he has also written extensively on other topics, such as Latin American literature, cultural studies, literature and architecture, literature and the arts, and literature and philosophy.

He has taught at Barnard College, the University of Bonn in Germany, Dartmouth College, Vassar College, where he was Chair of Hispanic Studies, and Washington University in St. Louis, where he served as Chair of Comparative Literature for seven years. He has been Visiting Professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder and at the University of Tübingen in Germany. For four years, he directed the Middlebury College Spanish Summer School in Vermont.

He was one of the two founders and main editors of Ediciones del Norte and serves in several editorial boards. From 1991 to the Spring issue of 2002 he was Editor of the Revista de Estudios Hispánicos. He has published three books and over one hundred scholarly essays. He has directed twice an NEH Summer Seminar for College Teachers on “Spanish autobiography in the European context”. He has received grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the NEH, and the Kemper Foundation. He has lectured at many universities in the United States, Spain, Canada, Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, France, Holland, Sweden, and Germany.


Ph. D., Columbia University, New York

M. A., Columbia University

Profesor de Castellano, Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile



“Borges y Skármeta en París”, Anales de Literatura Chilena 16 (2015): 125-39.

“El yo autobiográfico de Carmen Martín Gaite.” Hispania 98 (2015): 666–67.

“La recreación de la experiencia del instante en Viaje a la Alcarria de Cela”, Letras de Hoje 51 (2016): 211-216. Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

“The Mute Testimony of Portraits in Calderón and Unamuno’ Work”, Studies in Honor of  Robert Ter Horst, edited by Eleanor ter Horst, Edward Friedman, and Ali Shehzad Zaidi. Fair Lawn, NJ: Transformative Studies Institute Press, 2017. 99–110.

¿Por qué España? Memoria personal del hispanismo estadounidense, Co-Edited with Anna Caballé (University of Barcelona). Barcelona: Galaxia Gutenberg, 2015.

Generation X Rocks: Contemporary Peninsular Fiction, Film and Rock Culture, Vanderbilt UP, 2007. Co-edited with Christine Henseler.

Understanding Juan Goytisolo, Columbia, S.C.: University of South Carolina Press, 1995.

Novela de emergencia: España, 1939–1954. Madrid: SGEL, 1984.  

La autobiografía española hasta Torres Villarroel. Bern: Lang Verlag, 1974.

Selected Essays

“Conclusión provisional: La vida vale la pena” [autobiographical essay]  in ¿Por qué España? Barcelona: Galaxia Gutenberg, 2015. 521–49.

“Borges y Skármeta en París”, Anales de Literatura Chilena 16 (2015): 125-39.

“’Obras  completas’ de Monterroso: La agonía del maestro y el discípulo,”  Lejana, Revista Crítica de Narrativa Breve, Budapest 6 (2013): 1–8.

“Whereto Now? From mezzo to Messi, from Don Quixote to 2666,” in Capital Inscriptions: Essays on Hispanic Literature, Film and Urban Space in Honor of Malcolm Alan Compitello, edited by Benjamin Fraser. Newark, Delaware: Juan de la Cuesta, 2012. 93–104.

"Antonio Skármeta's Uniqueness," Contracorriente 10 (Fall 2012): 124–46. Reproduced with permission here.

"A Writer for a Globalized Age: Roberto Bolaño and 2666," in Old Margins and New Centers: The European Literary Heritage in an Age of Globalization, edited by Marc Maufort & Caroline De Wagter, Brussels: New Comparative Poetics, 2011. 157–66.

“La destrucción o el amor: Rescate del museo," in Olvidar es morir: Nuevos encuentros con Vicente Aleixandre, edited by Sergio Arlandis and Miguel Ángel García, Valencia: Universitat de Valencia, 2011. 81–91.

“A Hispanist’s View of Changing Institutions, or About Insects and Whales,” in New Spain, New Literatures, edited by Luis Martín-Estudillo and Nicholas Spadaccini. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt UP, 2010. 99–115.

"Richard Rorty Questions All, Including Us," Comparative Critical Studies 7 (2010): 347–56.

“El recuerdo de la memoria en la autobiografía de Alberti,” Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 85 (2008): 61–68.

“Fighting the Long Battle of Memory: Autobiographical Writing about the Spanish Civil War,” in Teaching Representations of the Spanish Civil War, ed. Noël Valis. New York: Modern Language Association, 2007. 398–405.

“Contra la globalización: La importancia de lo nacional para una historia comparada de las literaturas ibéricas,” en Naciones literarias, ed. Dolores Romero López, Barcelona: Anthropos, 2006. 341–49.

“Constructing the Disappearing Self: Unamuno, Carmen Martín Gaite and the Quicksands of History,” Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos 30 (2005): 159–69.

“The Comparative Drive in the Latin American Essay,” in Literary Cultures of Latin America: A Comparative History, edited by Mario Valdés and Djelal Kadir, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004. Vol. II, 227–40.

 “El Hispanismo dionisíaco,” Lateral: Revista de Cultura 106 (2003): 6. Reprinted in Olivar: Revista de Literatura y Cultura Españolas 9 (2008): 91–94.

"A Criticism of Our Own," Anales de la Literatura Española Contemporánea 28, 1 (2003): 21-27.

"Resisting the Global: The Importance of the National for a Comparative History of Iberian Literatures," Neohelicon 30, 2 (2003): 79-84. Translated into Hungarian and published as “A globális nézõpont ellenében—A nemzeti szemlélet fontossága a komparatív ibériai irodalomtörténetben,” Literatura (Budapest) 3 (2003): 253–58.

“Writing about Writing,” The Cambridge Companion to the Spanish Novel from 1600 to the Present, edited by Harriet Turner and Adelaida López de Martínez. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge UP, 2003. 264-82.

“La elusiva autobiografía de José Donoso,” José Donoso: La literatura como arte de la transfiguración, Revista Anthropos 184/185 (May-August 1999): 73–76.

“La ciudad que desaparece en Cuentos del Barrio del Refugio,” Aproximaciones críticas al mundo narrativo de José María Merino, eds. Ángeles Encinar and Kathleen M. Glenn, León: Edilesa, 2000. 159–68.

“La resistencia en El cuarto mundo de Diamela Eltit.” Special issue on Diamela Eltit, Creación y resistencia: la narrativa de Diamela Eltit, 1983–1998, edited by María-Inés Lagos, Monografías de Nomadías (Santiago, Chile) 2000. 35–53.

“Narrative in Culture, 1936–1975,” in the Cambridge Companion to Spanish Literature, edited by David Gies, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1999. 134–46.

“Contra Unamuno,” Nuevas perspectivas sobre el 98. Ed. John P. Gabriele. Madrid: Iberoamericana, 1999. 171–78.

“Intrusos en el templo: Profanando tumbas en las Noches lúgubres,” Dieciocho 21 (1998): 21–34.

“Autobiographical Selves as ‘Transpersonal Beings’: Gibbon, Kierkegaard, Goethe, and Luis Goytisolo among Others,” Intertextual Pursuits: Literary Mediations in Modern Spanish Narrative, eds. Jeanne P. Brownlow and John W. Kronik. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell UP, 1998. 26–41.

“The Spanish American Novel, 1945–1975,” in The Cambridge History of Latin American Literature, vol. 2, The Twentieth Century, edited Roberto González Echevarría and Enrique Pupo-Walker, New York: Cambridge UP, 1996. 226–78. Translation in Historia de la literatura hispanoamericana. Volumen II: el siglo XX. Madrid: Gredos, 244–94.  

“La astuta ciencia de Torres Villarroel,” Revista Hispánica Moderna 49 (1996): 407–18.

“Letters in the Post, or How Goytisolo Got to La Chanca,” in Fernando de Toro and Alfonso de Toro, eds., Borders and Margins: Post-Colonialism and Post-Modernism, Vervuert: Frankfurt am Main, 1995. 181–91. Also in World Literature Today 69 (Winter 1995): 22–28.

“Las sirenas de Vario y la visión de Clarín,” Revista Hispánica Moderna 48, 1 (1995): 106–13.

“La autobiografía y su tradición en España: Blanco White leyendo a Feijóo,” in Juan Orbe, ed., Autobiografía y escritura, Buenos Aires: Corregidor, 1994. 111–26.

“Theories and Models for the History of Spanish Autobiography: General Problems of Autobiography,” Siglo XX/20th Century 12 (1994): 207–17.

“Juan Goytisolo y la tradición autobiográfica española,” Revista Chilena de Literatura, 41 (1993): 25–32.

“La determinación genérica en la autobiografía española de postguerra,” Journal of Interdisciplinary Literary Studies 5, 1 (1993): 85–99.

“Theory and Contemporary Autobiographical Writing: The Case of Juan Goytisolo,” Siglo XX/20th Century  8 (1990–1991) : 87–101.

“Mercè Rodoreda's Subtle Greatness,” a chapter of Women Writers of Contemporary Spain: Exiles in the Homeland, edited by Joan L. Brown, Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1990. 116–35.

“Metamorphosis and Don Quixote,” Cervantes (Special Issue) (Winter 1988): 93–101.

“Unamuno in Exile: Cómo se hace una novela,” The Exile in Literature, edited by María- Inés  Lagos, Bucknell University Press, 1988. 72–81.

“Historia y novela en la posguerra española,” Siglo XX/20th Century 5 (1987–88): 16–24.

“CGoarltdaozsar: el Galdós intercalado en Rayuela de Cortázar,” Los ochenta mundos de Cortázar: Ensayos, edited by Fernando Burgos, Madrid: Edi-6, 1987, pp. 121–28. Reprinted in Anales Galdosianos 21 (1986 [published in 1992]): 141–46.

“Transparency and Illusion in García Márquez’s Crónica de una muerte anunciada,” The  Boom in Retrospect: A Reconsideration (special issue of the Latin American Literary Review), edited by Yvette Miller and Raymond Williams, 15 (1987): 183– 200.

“Benet, Faulkner, and Bergson’s Memory,” Critical Approaches to Juan Benet, edited by Herzberger, Manteiga et. al. Hanover and London: The University Press of New England, 1984, pp. 111–19. This article was also published, translated into Spanish, in an anthology of articles on Benet edited by Kathleen Vernon in the Taurus’ series “El escritor y la crítica,” Juan Benet, Madrid: Taurus, 1986. 243–53.

“Don Quijote, Segunda Parte, Capítulo 74 y final,” Homenaje a Horst Baader, edited by F. Gewecke, Frankfurt: Verlag K. Dieter Vervuert, 1984. 169–74.

“Las buenas conciencias de Carlos Fuentes  y Las afueras de Luis Goytisolo: Correspondencia en la nostalgia,” Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, 7 (1983): 273–89.

“Especulaciones sobre el ajedrez, Sansón Carrasco y don Quijote,” Anales Cervantinos 20 (1982): 29–47.

“La vorágine: autobiografía de un intelectual,” The Analysis of Literary Texts: Current Trends in Methodology, edited by Randolph Pope, vol. III, New York The Bilingual Press, 1980, pp. 256–67. This article was reprinted in La vorágine: Textos críticos, edited by Montserrat Ordóñez, Bogotá: Alianza Editorial, 1987, pp. 399–414, and in Vorágine 1 (May–June 1988): 5–12.

“Don Quijote y el Caballero del Verde Gabán: El encuentro a la luz de su contexto,” Hispanic Review 47 (1979): 207–18.

“Pascual Duarte, casi indiano, y su hermano el inocente,” Insula (Madrid), Nr. 396–397 (1979): 12–13.

“Precauciones para la lectura de Conversación en La Catedral,” Journal of Spanish Studies: Twentieth Century 6 (1978): 207–17.

“La apertura al futuro una categoría para el análisis de la novela hispanoamericana contemporánea,” Revista Iberoamericana 41 (1975): 15–28.

“The Autobiographical Form in the Persiles,” Anales Cervantinos 13–14 (1974–75): 93–106.

Grants & Awards

For a complete list of grants and awards, please download his C.V.

Alison Posey

PhD Student
Office Hours:
(on leave)

Alison Posey is on a leave of absence in Spain for the 2017-2018 academic year.


Ph.D., Spanish, University of Virginia (projected 2020)

M.A., Spanish, University of Virginia (2017)

B.A., Spanish and Hispanic Studies, Hobart and William Smith Colleges (2015), summa cum laude

Research Interests

  • Women’s issues in modern Latin America, especially Perú
  • Contemporary Spanish and Latin American female novelists
  • Contemporary literary theory
  • Gender studies
  • Comparative literature studies


SPAN 1060, Fall 2016–spring 2017

SPAN 2010, Fall 2015–spring 2016

Grants & Awards


  • Member, Sigma Delta Pi
  • Charles Gorden Reid Fellowship, Summer 2016
  • Center for Global Innovation and Inquiry Grant, Spring 2016


  • Member, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Awarded HWS Faculty Scholarship, 2011-2015

Esther Poveda Moreno

Lecturer of Spanish
New Cabell Hall 464
Office Hours:
Monday, Wednesday & Friday 1:00pm-2:00pm and by appt

Research Summary

A native of Madrid (Spain) Esther Poveda’s love for languages, literature and traveling started at a young age, when she decided to complete a B.A. in English Philology at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. Since then she has lived in Ireland, the United States, Spain and Guatemala, and she has travelled extensively in Europe and the Americas.

Ms. Poveda holds several higher education degrees: an M.A. in Spanish and a Graduate Certificate in Latin American Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an M. A. in Amerindian Studies from Casa de América and the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. While in Guatemala, she conducted research for her dissertation on the literature of the Maya Movement.

Esther Poveda is interested in twentieth century Latin American narrative, specifically indigenista novels, testimonial writing and more recent indigenous literature.

Ms. Poveda’s teaching career started in 1994. Since then she has taught all levels of Spanish language and Spanish and Latin American literature and culture at UNC-Chapel Hill, Kalamazoo College, NYU in Madrid, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Instituto de Empresa (Madrid), James Madison University, Easter Mennonite University, and the University of Virginia. She has loved every minute of it.


A.B.D., Romance Languages. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1999)

  • Field Research in Guatemala on the literary productions of the Maya Movement.
  • Graduate Certificate in Latin American Studies (1998), Duke-UNC Consortium in Latin American & Caribbean Studies

M.A., Estudios Amerindios. Departamento de Geografía e Historia, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, y Casa de América (Madrid, España) (2002)

M.A., Romance Languages. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1996)

B.A., English. Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Spain (1992)

Research Interests

  • 20 th -21 st century Latin American Literature
  • Indigenous literature
  • Indigenous movements and activism
  • Social movements and activism
  • Teaching Spanish as a Second Language
  • Language for the Professiosn
  • High-Impact Learning Practices
  • Community engagement courses


At UVa:

  • SPAN 3040 (Business Spanish)
  • SPAN 3030 (Cultural Conversations / Sí se puede: Community Engagement in Spanish Speaking Charlottesville)
  • SPAN 3300 (Texts and Interpretation)
  • SPAN 3010 (Grammar and Composition I)
  • SPAN 3020 (Grammar and Composition II)
  • SPAN-2020 (Intermediate Spanish II)

Summer Language Intensive Programs:

Middlebury College (Vermont) - Escuela Española (Summer 2015 and 2016)

  • Communication, Levels 3 & 4

Monterey Institute of International Studies (California) - SILP (Summer IntensiveLanguage Program) (Summer 2013 and 2014)

  • Advanced Intermediate Spanish
  • Advanced Spanish

Study Abroad:

Instituto de Empresa (Madrid, Spain) (Fall 2003 and 2006)

  • Curso intensivo de español avanzado para el MBA Internacional

New York University in Madrid (Spain) (2001-2003)

  • One Hundred Years of Solitude and Magical Realism in Latin America
  • Readings in Spanish American Literature
  • Intermediate Spanish
  • Intensive Introductory Spanish

Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain) (Spring 2002)

  • Advanced Composition in Spanish

Universidad de Alcalá de Henares (Madrid, Spain) -- American Study Abroad Programs (Fall 2001)

  • 19th and 20th Century Spanish Literature


“Luis Cardoza y Aragón”. Modern Spanish American Poets. Ed. María A. Salgado. Detroit: Gale, 2003.

“Otto Raúl González”. Modern Spanish American Poets. Ed. María A. Salgado. Detroit: Gale, 2003.

Academic translations

Mahler, Anne Garland. “’Todos los negros y todos los blancos y todos tomamos café’: Raza y desigualdad laboral en Coffea arábiga de Nicolás Guillen-Landrián,” trans. Esther Poveda. In Guillén Landrián: por un cine salvaje, eds. Julio Ramos and Dylon Robbins. Leiden, NL: Almenara Press, 2018.


"Getting Real: The Role of e-Portfolios in Business Spanish Courses". The AAEEBL Southeast Conference: Eportfolio as a High Impact Practice: How Does Eportfolio Energize Liberal Education? Virginia Tech, October 2016.

“Using e-portfolios in the Second Language Classroom: The UVA Experience” (Roundtable). MIFLIC Mountain Interstate Foreign Languages Conference. James Madison University, Harrisonburg, October 2016.

“La literatura maya actual en Guatemala”. Seguir cantando: Voces de mujeres en indígenas en nuestras letras”. Spanish School at Middlebury College. June 2016.

“Electronic Portfolios for Learning and Assessment in Language Courses”. (Group Presentation). Institute of World Languages Spring Round Table Series. The University of Virginia, Charlottesville. March 2015

“From Sentence To Paragraph(s): Teaching Writing and Critical Thinking in the Foreign Language Classrooms”. (Group Presentation). Roundtable on Foreign Language Teaching and Learning. The University of Virginia, Charlottesville. October 2014.

“Turn up the Heat: The Creative Use of Games in the Classroom”. (Group Presentation). Roundtable on Foreign Language Teaching and Learning. The University of Virginia, Charlottesville. February 2014.

Grants & Awards

Learning Technology Incubator Grant. The University of Virginia, Charlottesville. September 2014 - June 2016.

Faculty Seminar on the Teaching of Writing. The University of Virginia, Charlottesville. May 2015.

Dissertation Completion Award, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Graduate School, 2000-2001.

Off-Campus Dissertation Research Fellowship, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Graduate School. 2000.

Tinker Field Research Grant, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Institute of Latin American Studies. 1999.

Sandro Puiatti

Lecturer of Italian
NCH 466
Office Hours:
Monday & Wednesday 2:00pm-3:00pm and by appt

Sandro Puiatti is a doctoral candidate in Italian at Indiana University Bloomington. He received an M.A. in Italian from Florida State University in 2009 after completing a B.A. in Italian Philology and Literature at Ca' Foscari University of Venice in 2006. His current research focuses on the transition from Medieval to Humanistic culture and the continuity between manuscript and printed culture. His research interests include Medieval and Renaissance comic literature and the interaction between authors and early printing presses.

Sandro has been teaching Italian language and civilization to college students of all levels of proficiency for eight years.

Lauren Reynolds

Lecturer of Spanish
NCH 466
Office Hours:
Monday & Wednesday 9:00am-10:00am and by appt


Ph.D., Spanish, University of Virginia (expected 2017)
     Major Area: Spanish-American Literature and Culture
     Minor Area: Comparative Literature
M.A., University of Virginia (2013)
B.A., International Studies, The University of Iowa (2009)
     Concentrations in South East Asian Studies and Latin American Studies
B.A., Spanish, The University of Iowa (2009)


My dissertation is a comparative study that examines migration, cultures in contact, and the social change produced through these interactions.  In a reading of works from contact zones between Cuba, Mexico, and the United States, I look at the intangible elements that linger through generations, specifically in ghostly presences and hybrid spiritual practices. By framing contemporary Cuban, Mexican, and US Latina/o texts through theories of spectrality, ritual, and postcolonial hybridities, I explore the effects of movement upon communities. I also examine the power of storytelling to respond to hegemonic discourses about migration and ethnic others: there is an affective power in the spectral, the ghostly, the absent that can uncover hidden histories. I am particularly interested in social role of women as teachers of tradition and how re-writings of haunting figures present alternative discourse. 

Research Interests

  • Latin American Literature
  • 20th Century and Contemporary Cuban and Mexican Literature
  • US Latin@ Literature
  • Comparative Cultural and Postcolonial Studies
  • Women's Studies
  • Popular Culture and Spiritual Practices
  • Borders and Migration
  • Digital Humanities
  • Turkish Literature and Culture


Advanced Intermediate Spanish 2020 (Fall 2013, Spring 2015, Summer 2015)
Jumpstart! Spanish classes at the Lorna Sundberg International Center (Fall 2013, Fall 2014)
Intermediate Spanish 2010 (Fall 2012, Spring 2013)
English Lecturer at Rize Üniversitesi, Rize, Turkey (Fall 2010-Spring 2011
Spanish Ministry of Education, English Language and Culture Assistant (Fall 2009–Spring 2010) at Sineu High School, Sineu, Mallorca, Spain


“Review of Espectros: Ghostly Hauntings in Contemporary Transhispanic Narratives.” Forthcoming in Revista de Literatura Mexicana Contemporánea.
“Haunting Pasts: Ghosts of Exile in the Poetry of Nancy Morejón, Nilda Cepero, and Andrea O’Reilly Herrera.” Cuban Studies 45 (2017): 179–196.
Book Review of flesh to bone by Ire’ne Lara Silva. Journal of American Studies of Turkey 42 (2015): 249–297.


“How Did We Get Here? Framing the Cultural Climate After the Election.” Panel Presenter and Discussion Moderator at Summit Against Islamophobia for Fulbright Alumni of Turkey 2010-2011: Washington DC (February 2017).
“Ghosts of Exile in Andrea O’Reilly Herrera’s ‘Inhabited Woman’.” MESEA 2016: University of Warsaw, Poland (June 2016).
“Ghosts of Exile in Nancy Morejón’s ‘Ante un espejo’.” LASA 2016 Congress: New York, New York (May 2016).
“Tijuana’s Mythical Past: Writing Identity for the Border City of Vice.” Carolina Conference on Romance Languages, University of North Carolina (April 2014).
“Between the Divided: The Liminal as a Space of Connection in Juan Rulfo’s “No oyes ladrar los perros.” Graduate Student Lecture Series, University of Virginia (October 2013).
“Fortunata and the Feline: Reading Galdos’ Fortunata y Jacinta through the Cat.” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, University of Kentucky (April 2013).
“A Saint for the Marginalized: Mysticism from the Margins in Urrea’s The Hummingbird’s Daughter.” “Ruptures and Transgressions” Graduate Conference, Brown University (October 2012).
Invited guest on Youth Initiatives Program (October 2012), African Views Radio.

Grants & Awards

William and Carolyn Polk Jefferson Fellowship, University of Virginia (August 2011-May 2016)

Dissertation Fellowship, Charlottesville, VA, 2016–2017

Charles William Woltz Fellowship (Summer 2016)

Public Humanities Fellowships in South Atlantic Studies: “Understanding Cuban Culture” (Spring 2016)

Mellon Graduate Teaching Seminar for Excellence: “Disciplinary Hybridity: Literacy and Technologies in the 21st Century” (Fall 2015–Spring 2016)

Summer Research Funding for study at El Colegio de México (Summer 2012)

Summer Research Funding for study in Mérida, México (Summer 2013)

Fulbright Turkey (2010–2011)

Presidential Scholar at the University of Iowa

Phi Beta Kappa member

Selected Additional International Experience and Community Involvement

Invited Liaison for ILiADS (Institute for Liberal Arts Digital Scholarship) 2017
Scholars' Lab Makerspace Technologist, Alderman Library, UVA, August 2015–present
La Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina, February 2007–June 2007
Dhvanyaloka Centre for Indian Studies, Mysore, India, August 2007–December 2007

Matthew Richey

PhD Student
New Cabell Hall 442
Office Hours:


Ph.D., Spanish, University of Virginia (expected May 2020)
M.A., Hispanic Studies, Virginia Tech (May 2015)
B.A., Spanish, Virginia Tech (May 2007)
B.S., Marketing Management, Virginia Tech (May 2007)

Research Interests

  • Consumption, labor, and migration
  • Dystopia and post-war detective fiction
  • Contemporary Central American and Mexican literature
  • The body, space, and the photographic image
  • Advertising and gender


  • Accelerated Elementary Spanish (Fall 2017)
  • Intermediate Spanish (Fall 2016, Spring 2017)


“La señora de Trabanino: intertextualidad y angustia en la posguerra.” El diablo en el espejo: reflexiones críticas sobre la obra de Horacio Castellanos Moya. Eds. María del Carmen Caña Jiménez and Vinodh Venkatesh, Albatros Ediciones, 2016, pp. 63-86.

“Two-Way Mirror: The Two Voices of Exile in La Rambla paralela by Fernando Vallejo.” Cincinnati Romance Review 39 (Fall 2015): 269-284.


“The Brink of Postwar Relapse: Intertextual Anxieties in Three Novels by Horacio Castellanos Moya.” SECOLAS, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. March 2017.

“Copy + Paste: On Reconstructing Narratives and Other (Post)-Digital Musings in Nocilla dream by Agustín Fernández Mallo.” MIFLC, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA. October 2016.

“Consumed Culture: Hypercapitalism and Disposable Bodies in Contemporary Central American Narrative.” LASA, New York City. May 2016.

“Jesus in a Rented Car: Consumerism and Biblical Narrative in El leproso by Méndez Vides.” SECOLAS, Cartagena, Colombia. March 2016.

“Ladrillos y Ladrones: Economic Violence in Las murallas and El leproso by Méndez Vides.” MIFLC, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC. October 2015.

“Commod[e]fication: Bathrooms and Neoliberal Space in Ana Clavel’s El cuerpo naúfrago.” Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures, UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC. April 2015.

Grants & Awards

Harrison Family Foundation Jefferson Scholars Fellow (2015)

Del Greco Library Travel Fellowship (2016)

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences - Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Summer Research Award (2017)

Joel Rini

Professor of Spanish and Department Chair
New Cabell Hall 455
Office Hours:
Monday & Wednesday 3:30pm-4:30pm and by appt

Research Summary

Joel Rini is Professor of Spanish linguistics and philology in the Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and French from Kent State University (1981) and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Romance Linguistics from the University of Michigan (1984, 1987). Specializing in the history of the Spanish language, Professor Rini has published two books and over 30 articles on various aspects of historical linguistics and Spanish historical grammar. He has presented scholarly papers in the US, England, and Spain, and in 1996 was invited as the “Distinguished Foreign Visitor” to address the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland. He continues his scholarly pursuits in the areas of Spanish diachronic morphology and syntax.


Ph.D., University of Michigan

M.A., University of Michigan

B.S., Kent State University



Exploring the Role of Morphology in the Evolution of Spanish (John Benjamins, 1999)

Motives for Linguistic Change in the Formation of the Spanish Object Pronouns. Newark, Delaware: Juan de la Cuesta, 1992.

Selected Articles:     

“Are Some Spanish Nouns Truly Grammatical Hermaphrodites?” Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie 132 (2016): 731-754.

“The Enigmatic Morphology of Spanish azúcar ‘sugar’ and the ‘New Feminine el.’” Iberoromania 80 (2014): 244-260.

"Un nuevo análisis de la evolución de los imperativos singulares irregulares di, haz, ve, , ven, ten, pon, sal, (val).” Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie 130 (2014): 430-451.

“When Spanish h- Went Silent. How Do We Know?” Bulletin of Spanish Studies 87 (2010): 431-446.

“On the Formation of the Present Indicative Paradigm of Spanish ir and the Origin of vamos and vais.” Studies on Ibero-Romance Linguistics Dedicated to Ralph Penny. Eds. Roger Wright/Peter Ricketts. Delaware: Juan de la Cuesta (2005): 59-73.

“The Origin of Spanish entre tú y yo, ‘between you and me’: A Typological Parallel to English ‘between you and I’?” Diachronica 20 (2003): 139-65.

“The Extraordinary Survival of Spanish veía: Another Facet of Analogy Revealed.” Hispanic Review 69 (2001): 501-25.

“The Rise and Fall of Old Spanish Y’ all: vos todos vs. vos otros.” Essays in Hispanic Linguistics Dedicated to Paul M. Lloyd. Eds. Blake, Robert J., Diana L. Ranson, and Roger Wright. Delaware: Juan de la Cuesta (1999): 209-21.

“The Formation of Old Spanish buey(s), bueyes, grey(s), greyes, ley(s), leyes, rey(s), reyes: A Morphophonological Analysis.” Hispanic Review 66 (1998): 1-19.

“The Origin of Spanish ser: A Phonosyntactic Analysis.” Romance Philology 50 (1997): 295-307.

“The Vocalic Formation of the Spanish Verbal Suffixes -áis/-ás, -éis/-és, -ois/-os, and -ís: A Case of Phonological or Morphological Change?” Iberoromania 44 (1996): 1-16.

“The Evolution of the Nature and Position of the Spanish Clitic Pronoun.” La corónica 24 (1995): 173-95.

“On the Evolution of Spanish cigüeña and the Blending of Multiple Variants.” Hispanic Review 61 (1993): 519-29.

“Metathesis of Yod and the Palatalization of Latin Medial /k’l/, /g’l/, /t’l/; /ks/, /ssj/,  /sj/; /kt/, /ult/  in Hispano- and Luso-Romance.” Linguistic Studies in Medieval Spanish. Eds. Harris-Northall, Ray and Thomas D. Cravens. Hispanic Seminary for Medieval Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison (1991): 109-33.

“Dating the Grammaticalization of the Spanish Clitic Pronoun.” Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie 106 (1990): 354-70.

“On the Chronology of Spanish conmigo, contigo, consigo, and the Interaction of Phonological, Syntactic, and Morphological Processes.” Hispanic Review 58 (1990): 503-12.

“A New Perspective on the Origin of le for les.” Journal of Hispanic Philology 12 (1988): 207-19.

Charlotte Rogers

Assistant Professor of Spanish
New Cabell Hall 439
Office Hours:
Monday 10:30am-11:45am & Wednesday 1:00pm-1:45pm and by appointment & Fridays Appointment Only

Research Summary

Charlotte Rogers is Assistant Professor of Spanish.  She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Spanish from Yale University and her B.A. in Comparative Literature from Barnard College.   Her area of specialty is twentieth- and twenty-first-century Latin America, with a comparative focus on representations of the tropics in literature and culture.  Her first book, Jungle Fever: Exploring Madness and Medicine in Twentieth-Century Tropical Narratives was published by Vanderbilt University Press in 2012.  In 2014 Professor Rogers was a Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress, and in 2015 Princeton University awarded her a Library Research Grant. She teaches courses on twentieth- and twenty-first century  Latin American literature and culture.  Her current research project, “Mourning El Dorado in Contemporary Fiction from the Americas,” examines the resurgence of the legend of El Dorado in contemporary Latin American fiction.  Before coming to UVA, Professor Rogers taught at Hamilton College and George Mason University.


Ph.D., Yale University

M.A., Yale University

B.A., Barnard College, Columbia University



In print: Jungle Fever: Exploring Madness and Medicine in Twentieth-Century Tropical Narratives. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2012.

Reviewed in:

Gómez, Leila. Modernism/ modernity. 20.1 (January 2013): 141-143.

Handley, George. Hispanic Review. (Winter 2014): 119-122.

Kaup, Mónica. MLN. 129. 2 (March 2014): 460-464.

Martínez-Pinzón, Felipe. E-misférica, Hemispheric Institute. 10.1 (Winter 2013).

Moore, Charles. Hispania. 96. 4 (December 2013): 796-798.

Wylie, Lesley. Revista de Estudios Hispánicos. Vol 47. 2 (June 2014): 413-414. Online.

In progress: Mourning El Dorado in Contemporary Fiction from the Americas.  

Examines the themes of mourning and nostalgia for the legend of El Dorado in late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century Latin American novels about the South American forest.


“‘El ágora entre manglares:’ la arquitectura griega en El siglo de las luces de Alejo Carpentier.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos. Forthcoming in 2017.

“Nostalgia and Mourning in Milton Hatoum’s Órfãos do Eldorado.” In Eds. Javiar Urriarte and Felipe Martínez Pinzón. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press.  Forthcoming in 2017.

“Mario Vargas Llosa and the novela de la selva.” Forthcoming from the Bulletin of Spanish Studies. 2016.          

“‘La selva no tiene nada de inesperado:’ Amazonian Disillusionment in La Nieve del Almirante by Alvaro Mutis.” Orillas. 4 (2015). Online.

“Guillotina y fiesta en El siglo de las luces.MLN. 128.2 (March 2013) 335-351.

El órfico ensalmador: Ethnography and Shamanism in Alejo Carpentier’s Los pasos perdidos.Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos. 35.2 (September 2011). 351-372.

“Carpentier, Collecting, and lo barroco americano.Hispania. 94:2 (June 2011). 240-251.

“Medicine, Madness, and Writing in La vorágine.Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (Liverpool). 87.2 (January 2010): 89-108.

Published Interview:

“The Lost Cities of the Amazon: A Conversation with Milton Hatoum.” World Literature Today. September-October 2014. 34-37.


“La mirada invernocular: clima y cultura en Colombia (1808-1924).” by Felipe Martínez-Pinzón.  Doctoral Dissertation, New York University, 2012.  Dissertation Reviews. Oct. 2013:

Facundo: Civilization and Barbarism by Domingo F. Sarmiento, trans. Kathleen Ross. Review: Latin American Literature and Arts. Nov. 2004: 302-304.

Benjamín Romero Salado

PhD Student
Office Hours:


Ph.D., Spanish, University of Virginia (expected 2021)
M.A., Spanish, University of Delaware (2016)
M.A., Teaching of Secondary School Education and Languages Teaching, Universidad de Sevilla (2013)
B.A., English Philology, Universidad de Sevilla (2012)

Research Interests

  • 20th-century Spanish literature
  • Transatlantic studies
  • Fantastic literature
  • Visual culture and semiotics
  • Gender studies


Intermediate Spanish (University of Virginia 2016-2017)

Lower-Intermediate Spanish (University of Delaware 2014-2016)


“Musas del túmulo.” El Cid, The Citadel, 2017.

“Café Apolo.” El Cid, The Citadel, 2016.


“La mora cristiana: un recorrido visual a través de la caracterización ambigua de Zoraida.” Graduate Student Lecture Series, University of Virginia (Fall 2016)

Grants & Awards

Sigma Delta Pi Award for the Best Graduate Student Essay, University of Delaware, 2016.

Spanish Graduate Student Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement, University of Delaware, 2016.

Erasmus Programme, Lessius Hogeschool Antwerp, 2010-2011.

Erick Romig

PhD Student
New Cabell Hall 458
Office Hours:


Ph.D., Spanish, University of Virginia (in progress)
M.A., Spanish, University of Virginia (2016)
B.A., Spanish, University of Alaska Anchorage (2012)

Research Interests

  • Medieval literature
  • Philosophy
  • Pre-council of Trent Christianity


SPAN 2010

SPTR 3402 (Don Quixote)


"Women and the Worlds of Business in the Work of Joaquina Vera." Women as Creators and Distributors of Wealth, MLA, 05 January 2017, Philadelphia, PA.

Grants & Awards

GSAS Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Summer Research Award (2016)

SIP Summer Language Study Fellowship, Latin (2015)

Jefferson Fellowship (2015-Present)

Fulbright (2012-2013)

Óscar Ruiz Hernández

PhD Student
New Cabell Hall 462
Office Hours:


Ph.D., Spanish, U.Va. (expected 2020)
M.A., Pedagogy, High School Teaching, Universidad de Valladolid, Spain (2015)
B.A., Spanish Philology, Universidad de Valladolid, Spain (2014)

Research Interests

  • 18th and 19th c. Spanish Literature
  • Theater scenography
  • Creative writing
  • Short narrative
  • History of the Spanish Language
  • Film studies


Advanced Intermediate Spanish 2020 (Fall 2016, Spring 2017)

Intermediate Spanish 2010 (Fall 2015, Spring 2016)


“Review of Letras del Siglo de Oro Español: Actas del VII Congreso LESOE, Salta, 16, 17 y 18 de Septiembre de 2009, Graciela Balestrino y Marcela Beatriz Sosa (eds.)”, Castilla. Reviewed in Estudios de Literatura, 5 (2014), 67-70.


“Imprisonments, Oracles, and Arthurian Myths: Symbolism behind Arturo Cova’s Names in La vorágine”. GRAPHSY X, 10 th Annual Graduate Portuguese and Hispanic Symposium, Georgetown University, Washington D.C., February 17-18, 2017.

“The Good, the Wise and the Poet: Manifestations of Arturo Cova's names in La vorágine”. GSLS, Graduate Student Lecture Series, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, December 2, 2016.

“I am a Forest, and a Night of Dark Trees”. INTO THE DARKNESS: First Annual Pan European Studies Conference, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, April 1-2, 2016.

Grants & Awards

Extraordinary Mention at the End of Degree (Premio Extraordinario de Fin de Carrera), Universidad de Valladolid, Spain (2014)

Fellowship for Students in the University Departments for the Purpose of Research (Grant), Universidad de Valladolid, Spain (2013-2014)

Alicia Salinas

Lecturer of Spanish
NCH 434
Office Hours:
Monday & Wednesday 10:00am-11:00am and by appt


Ph.D., Spanish, University of Virginia (expected 2017)
M.A., Spanish, University of Virginia (2013)
B.A., English, Ohio University (2009)


My dissertation examines literature published in the Maya language of Yucatán, México, since the 1980s. These texts are always published in Maya-Spanish bilingual editions. I seek to engage in a literary criticism situated in the Maya worldview and Maya conceptions of literary genres. The following are just some questions I consider as I explore how Maya-language authors use a literary mode to portray the Maya of Yucatán from their perspectives in the twenty-first century: What does it mean to write in a mostly oral indigenous language when the language of education is Spanish? How do Maya-language authors fashion their texts in response to Maya oral modes and/or Latin American literary canons? How do authors portray different ways of being and identifying as Maya in the twenty-first century? How do men and women authors portray gender relations in their communities? Why are Maya-language texts always published bilingually? When self-translation is almost a requirement of writing in Maya, how do authors translate their own texts? What impact does literature have in the larger Maya cultural revitalization movement that is ongoing in Yucatán? What ways are technology and transnationalism affecting Maya cultural production and distribution?

Research Interests

  • 20th and 21st century literature in Yucatec Maya
  • Cultural production in Yucatan, Mexico
  • Identity politics
  • Linguistic and cultural activism
  • Historical influences on present-day
  • 20th and 21st century Latin American literature
  • Translation
  • Self-translation
  • Bilingual publications
  • Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Literatures in American indigenous languages
  • Postcolonial Studies


University of Virginia

  • SPAN 4040: Translation from Spanish to English (2016-2017)
  • SPAN 3040: Business Spanish (2014-2015)
  • SPAN 1060: Accelerated Elementary Spanish (2011-2012, 2013-2014)
  • SPAN 2010: Intermediate Spanish (2012-2013)

International Teaching Experience

Open School of Ethnography and Anthropology, Pisté, Yucatán, México (Summer 2014)
  • Instructor / Co-teacher for Teach English Service Learning Program (EFL teacher training course)
Harmon Hall, Mérida, Yucatán, México (2009-2010)
  • EFL teacher of Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced English for children, pre-teens, and adults

Study Abroad and Indigenous Language Study

Duke-UVa- Vanderbilt Consortium for Less Commonly Taught Languages, Charlottesville, Virginia

  • Maya K’iche’ Level One, Fall Semester 2015

Yucatec Maya Institute, UNC-Duke Consortium, Mérida and Valladolid, Yucatán, México

  • (Yucatec) Maya Level Two, June-July 2015

Open School of Ethnography and Anthropology, Pisté, Yucatán, México

  • (Yucatec) Maya Immersion Level One, June-July 2013    

Centro de Estudios Interamericanos, Cuenca, Ecuador

  • Spanish Language and Inca Cultural Study Abroad Program (April-June 2008)

Centro de Idiomas del Sureste, Mérida, Yucatán, México

  • Spanish Language and Yucatecan Cultural Study Abroad Program (January-March 2007)


“Gender Representation in Contemporary Yucatec Maya Literature”. 10 th UNC-Duke Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies Annual Conference. Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Feb 12-13, 2016.

“’Ba’ax in beelal tu yóok'olkaab’ [what my path is in the world]: Naming as Linguistic Battle for Cultural Control in the Contemporary Yucatec Maya Novel Ix-Ts’akyaj / La yerbatera by Felipe Castillo Tzec”. Ethnicity, Race, and Indigenous Peoples (ERIP) Conference. Richmond, Virginia. Oct 15-17, 2015.

“Eroticism: The Male Musical Experience in Crosthwaite’s Idos de la mente. Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference. Greenville, South Carolina. Oct 16-18, 2014.

U k’aay ch’i’ibal / El canto de la estirpe: Self-Translation and the Negotiation of Selves in the Poetry of Wildernain Villegas.” Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures. Chapel Hill, North Carolina. April 3-5, 2014.

“’A Cake with a Blade Inside’: Abriendo las posibilidades de género y sexualidad en Casi divas de Issa López.” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. Lexington, Kentucky. April 16-18, 2013.

Grants & Awards

Public Humanities Fellowships in South Atlantic Studies (2016)

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship for Yucatec Maya (2015)

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Fellowship for Summer Foreign Language Study (2013)

Castillo Cocom Scholarship for Maya language program at Open School of Ethnography and Anthropology, Pisté, Yucatán, México (2013)


Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GSAS) Grad Council

Initiatives Committee Co-Chair (2016-2017)

  • Participate in campaigns advocating on behalf of GSAS students to better graduate student life on campus. Determine initiatives committee will undertake, organize meetings, facilitate communication with committee members and administrators.

Voting Representative of Spanish, Italian & Portuguese Department / Initiatives Committee Member (2015-2016)

  • Attend monthly meetings and vote on behalf of graduate students in my department on funding proposals and Grad Council policies, and voice opinions on issues on the table related to graduate student life.
  • Collected information on health insurance at peer institutions and prepared comparative information to present to UVa administrators in recommendation of better health insurance

Tally Sanford

Spanish, Italian and Portuguese Business Administrator
New Cabell Hall 445
Office Hours:

Emily Scida

Professor of Spanish and Spanish Language Program Director (1010-2020)
New Cabell Hall 435
Office Hours:
Tuesday & Thursday 12:45pm-2:15pm and by appt

Research Summary

Emily Scida holds a B.S. from Georgetown University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell University. Her research interests include teacher education, instructional technologies, assessment, contemplative pedagogy, and historical Romance linguistics. She has taught courses in Spanish linguistics and in foreign language pedagogy, as well as Spanish language courses in the Summer Language Institute and has offered numerous teaching workshops. As Director of the Spanish Language Program, Professor Scida coordinates the Spanish language courses at the beginning and intermediate levels and trains and supervises the GTAs and lecturers who teach these courses.

Professor Scida has been the recipient of a number of grants and awards, including three Learning Technologies Incubator Grants for e-portfolio integration, a Fall 2012 Hybrid Course Challenge Grant, a 2011-2014 Daniels Family NEH Distinguished Teaching Professorship, two Learning Assessment Grants, a 2005-2006 Teaching + Technology Initiative Fellowship, and a 2001-2002 University Teaching Fellowship.  In 2011, she was inducted into the University Academy of Teaching at UVA.


Ph.D., Cornell University

M.A., Cornell University

B.S., Georgetown University

Selected Publications

Scida, E., James, K., & Firdyiwek, Y. (2016).  E-portfolios for Assessment of Student Learning in World Language Programs.  The Language Educator 11 (2), Mar/Apr.

Scida, E. & Jones, J.  (2016).  New Tools, New Designs: A Study of a Redesigned Hybrid Spanish Program.  CALICO Journal 33(2).

Firdyiwek, Y. & Scida, E. (2014).  Reflective Course Design: The Interplay of Pedagogy and Technology in a Teacher Education Course.  International Journal of ePortfolio 4(2), 115-131.

Scida, E.  & Firdyiwek, Y. (2013). Video Reflection in Foreign Language Teacher Development. In H. W. Allen & H. H. Maxim (eds.),  Educating the Future Foreign Language Professoriate for the 21st Century. Issues in language program direction: A series of annual volumes. Boston: Heinle.

Scida, E. (2010). History and structure of Portuguese: an overview. In T. Alkire & C. Rosen, The Romance Languages: A Historical Introduction.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Scida, E. (2009). The Language of Santa Teresa de Jesús. In A. Weber (ed.), Approaches to Teaching Teresa of Avila and the Spanish Mystics.  New York: Modern Language Association.

Scida, E. (2008). ¿Cómo es posible que un italiano entienda casi todo cuando le hablo en español?  In J. Ewald & A. Edstrom (eds.), El español a través de la lingüística: Preguntas y respuestas.  MA: Cascadilla Press.

Scida, E. & Saury, R.  (2006).  Hybrid Courses and Their Impact on Classroom Performance: A Case Study at the University of Virginia. CALICO Journal 23, (3), 517-531.

Selected Grants & Awards

Learning Technologies Incubator Grant, University of Virginia, 2014-2015, 2015-2016, and 2016-2017

Contemplative Sciences Center Grant, University of Virginia, 2014

Contemplative Pedagogy Program Grant, University of Virginia, 2013

Fall 2012 Hybrid Course Challenge Grant, University of Virginia, 2012-2013

Learning Assessment Grant, Adrienne Ward and Emily Scida, University of Virginia, 2012-2013

Grant for Learning, University Academy of Teaching, University of Virginia, 2012

Daniels Family NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor, University of Virginia, 2011-2014

University Academy of Teaching, invited member, University of Virginia, 2011-present

SHANTI Cohorts Fellowship Program, University of Virginia, 2009-2010

Grant to Support Student Learning Assessment, University of Virginia, 2008-2009

Teaching + Technology Initiative Fellowship, University of Virginia, 2005-2006

University Teaching Fellows Program, University of Virginia, 2001-2002

T.A. Development Grant, University of Virginia, 2001

Grant Projects:

E-Portfolios in Foreign Language Teaching and Learning

The Impact of Contemplative Practices on Foreign Language Anxiety in an Introductory Spanish Course

Navigating Graduate Life: the Impact of Contemplative Practices on Teacher Stress and Self-Efficacy

Rehybridization of Elementary Spanish (SPAN 1010, 1020, 1060)

Donald L. Shaw †

Professor Emeritus
Office Hours:

From 1986 until 2012, Donald L. Shaw taught courses in Latin American literature, history, and culture. His many publications in Latin American and transatlantic Iberian studies include Historia de la literatura española: Siglo XIX and La generación del 98.

On 30 January, 2017, Professor Shaw passed away in Bologna, Italy. He is remembered fondly by his students and colleagues.

Mathilda Shepard

PhD Student
Office Hours:


Ph.D., Spanish, U.Va. (expected 2021)
M.A., Spanish, U.Va. (expected 2018)
B.A., Spanish, U.Va. (2015)

Research Interests

  • Patterns and cultures of violence
  • Comparative literature
  • Conflict and the environment in Latin America
  • Hispano-African Studies
  • The novela negra in Latin America
  • Contemporary Iranian and Afghan literature and film
  • Literary theory


“The Enemy of my Enemy…is my Enemy? The Syrian government’s reliance on foreign militias as a potential source of division,” Wilson Journal of International Affairs (Spring 2015).


“La televisión iraní en castellano: HispanTV, los ‘desheredados’ del mundo y la exportación de la revolución a España” at the U.Va. Distinguished Majors Symposium (2015)

Grants & Awards

Jefferson Scholars Foundation Fellowship (2015)

Fulbright Colombia Grant (2015)

Marie M. Giuliano Award in Spanish (2015)

Wyatt Fellowship for Distinguished Majors in Spanish (2014)

International Rescue Committee Outstanding Service Award (2015)

Paula Sprague

Lecturer of Spanish
NCH 465
Office Hours:
Tuesday 3:30pm-4:30pm & Wednesday 11:00am-12:00pm & Thursday 3:30pm-4:30pm and by appt

Research Summary

Please download Dr. Sprague's current C.V. for a full list of her publications, awards, and interests in research and teaching.


Ph.D., Modern Peninsular Spanish Literature; University of Wisconsin-Madison (2002)

M.A., Hispanic language and literatures; University of Wisconsin-Madison

B,A., Spanish; Knox College


My dissertation is a comparative study of romantic poetics and nationalist discourse in 19th century Spain.

Research Interests

  • Hispanic poetry
  • Media and film
  • Periodicals in social change
  • Catalan studies
  • Bilingualism
  • Composition pedagogy
  • Language teaching


 UVA Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese (2012-present):

  • SPAN 2020 – Advanced Intermediate Spanish
  • SPAN 3010 – Grammar & Composition I
  • SPAN 3020 – Grammar & Composition II
  • SPAN 3040 – Business Spanish
  • SPAN 3300 – Texts and Interpretation

Previous experience (Trinity College and Dartmouth College):

  • Beginning and Intermediate language
  • Iberian and Latin American Music & Conversation
  • Iberian and Latin American Film & Conversation
  • Studying in the Hispanic World (Post study-abroad seminar)
  • From Romantics to Moderns: The Nineteenth Century
  • Hispanic Literature II:  Survey of Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
  • Hispanic Literature III: Surey of Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries
  • Poetics and Politics of Love in Contemporary Spanish Poetry
  • Turn-of-the-Century Literature in Spain
  • Avant-garde Movements and Social Poetry in Spain
  • Exile, Repression and Writing in Post-Civil War Spain
  • Recent Spanish Poetry: The Re-conquest of Subjectivity

Other teaching:

  • Study-abroad - Dartmouth College
  • Directed and taught in 3 study-abroad programs in Spain.

Selected Publications

El Europeo (Barcelona, 1823-1824): Prensa, modernidad y universalismo (Madrid: Editorial Iberoamericana/Vervuert, 2009).   

“Lecciones de geografía: Escenarios poéticos/políticos del fin-de-siglo”.  En buena compañía. Ensayos en honor de Luciano García Lorenzo (Madrid: CSIC, 2009), pp. 995-1004.

“Parodia y paradoja en el primer Pitarra: La estética fundacional de Frederic Soler contra la Renaixença”. Estrenado con gran aplauso: Teatro español, 1844-1936. Collected essays (Madrid: Iberoamericana/Vervuert 2008), pp. 99-114.

Book Reviews

Barcelona: An Urban History of Science and Modernity, 1888-1929, by Oliver Hochadel and Agustí Nieto-Galan, eds. Routledge, 2016. Forthcoming in Catalan Review (2017).

Letters to a Young Poet, by Joan Margarit; translation by Christopher Maurer. In Catalan Review, XXVI (2012).

Trafficking Knowledge in Early Twentieth-Century Spain. Centres of Exchange and Cultural Imaginaries, by Alison Sinclair. In Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies (12.3): 2012.

Tecnología, espectáculo, literatura. Dispositivos ópticos en las letras españolas de los siglos XVIII & XIX, by Luis Miguel Fernández. In The Eighteenth Century: a Current Bibliography (32): 2010.


“Necessary Rust: A poetics of Joan Margarit”. XVI International Colloquium of the North American Catalan Society (NACS); University of Indiana. 2017.

“A Mobile Romanticism: Fiorenzo Galli and El Europeo”. Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference; James Madison University. 2016.

“Pedagogies for teaching 20th & 21st Century Literature from Spain”. Two-day workshop for high school and college instructors. El Foro Internacional por la lectura, Argentina. 2016.

​"Reading the Newspaper: What 19th-Century Periodicals Can tell us About Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in Spain". UVA Institue of World Languages Roundtable on Foreign Language Teaching & Learning Grant Exhibition. 2016.

“A Positivist-Romantic Project: El Propagador de la Libertat y El poeta y el banquero”. XV International Colloquium of the North American Catalan Society (NACS); Institut d’Estudis Catalans, Barcelona, Spain. 2015.

Round Table on Foreign Language Teaching & Learning (RTFL). “From Sentence to Paragraph(s): Teaching Writing and Critical Thinking in Foreign Language Classrooms”  with Dr. James Seitz, Director of the Academic and Professional Writing Program, and Esther Poveda, SIP Lecturer. UVA. 2014.

Round Table on Foreign Language Teaching & Learning (RTFL). “Turn Up the Heat, Creative use of Games in the Classroom” with Carrie Bramlet, Eperanza Gorriz, Esther Poveda, and Matthew Street. UVA. 2014.

“Humor and Politics in Sexenio Periodicals (Barcelona and Madrid)”. Kentucky Foreign  Language Conference (KFLC); Lexington, KY. 2012.

Panel:  "Joan Maragall: A Legacy of Engagement". Organized and chaired panel, Modern Language Association Annual Convention (MLA); Seattle, WA. 2012.

"After Study-abroad: Pedagogies for Coming Home". Conference of the New England Council of Latin American Studies (NECLAS); Hanover, NH. 2011.

Grants & Awards (at UVa)

Facutly Initiated Project Grant, Institute of World Languages, UVA. 2016-2017.

Pilot of Spanish Language Writing Tutoring. 2016-2017.

UVA Institute for World Languages Faculty Development Grant; conference travel. 2015.

Matthew Street

Lecturer of Spanish
New Cabell Hall 418
Office Hours:
Monday 1:30pm-2:30pm & Wednesday 2:30pm-3:30pm and by appt


M.A., Spanish Language and Literature, University of South Carolina (2013)

TEFL/TESL Certificate, International TEFL Academy & INTESOL Worldwide, Heredia, Costa Rica (2013)

B.A., Spanish, University of Louisiana at Monroe (2011)

Research Interests

  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Active Learning pedagogy
  • E-Portfolios in the foreign language classroom


Accelerated Beginning Spanish (2013-Present)

Preceptor for Accelerated Beginning Spanish (2014-Present)


“Intensifying Student Participation and Engagement Using an Active Learning Space.” Institute of World Languages Roundtable. The University of Virginia. (2016)

“Facilitating Language Learning Through an E-Portfolio in Accelerated Beginning Spanish at University of Virginia.” The AAEEBL (The Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning) regional conference at Virginia Tech.

“Collecting and Reflecting: Deeper Learning through a Word Press E-portfolio Project in Accelerated Beginning Spanish at the University of Virginia.” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, the University of Kentucky. (2016)

“Implementation and Integration of the e-Portfolio in the Foreign Language Classroom.” (Group Presentation) Institute or World Language Faculty Retreat (2016)

“Turn up the Heat: The Creative Use of Games in the Classroom.” (Group Presentation) Roundtable Teaching and Learning. The University of Virginia, Charlottesville. October 2014.

Grants & Awards

Foreign Language Learning e-Portfolio (team member) (2015-2017)

Professional Organizations

Zeta Zeta Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi (Chapter Advisor) (2013- Present)

Omar Velázquez-Mendoza

Associate Professor of Hispanic Linguistics
New Cabell Hall 457
Office Hours:
Tuesday & Thursday 3:30pm-4:30pm and by appt

Research Summary

Omar Velázquez-Mendoza is Associate Professor of Hispanic Linguistics, and Director of Undergraduate Programs in Spanish. He specializes in the history of Ibero-Romance and the acquisition of advanced literacy in first and second languages. Professor Velázquez-Mendoza is assistant researcher for Madrid's Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, as well as for the bi-national (US-Mexico) project entitled Corpus del Lenguaje Académico en Español (CLAE): 

His most recent publications center upon linguistic variation in Late Latin and Early Romance (Castilian, Leonese, and Portuguese), the consolidation of verb-object in Hispano-Romance, and the sociolinguistic milieu pertaining to the writing practices of the Iberian notaries of the High Middle Ages (eighth to thirteenth century). 

Professor Velázquez-Mendoza's book, forthcoming in the Diachronica Hispanica monograph series at the Université de Neuchâtel (Switzerland)/Tirant lo Blanch (Spain), explores the historical development of (in)animate direct object marking in Ibero-Romance.


Ph.D., University of California (Davis)

M.A., University of California (Davis)

B.A., California State University (Stanislaus)



Estudio de morfosintaxis histórica: orígenes primitivos y desarrollo del complemento directo preposicional en iberorromance centronorteño y lusitano. Forthcoming in the Diachronica Hispanica monograph series. Université de Neuchâtel (Switzerland)/Tirant lo Blanch (Spain).


A Rrapun e Sango páscanlos: la consolidación definitiva del cambio OV > VO en hispanorromance”. Forthcoming in Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie

“Evidence for an Underlying Ibero-Romance Vernacular: The Nodicia de kesos vis-à-vis Its Corresponding Notarial Act”. Forthcoming in Gerli, M. & Giles, R. (edd.), Companion to Medieval Iberia: Unity in Diversity. New York: Rutledge. 

Review Article of Lexicogénesis del léxico filosófico español en el Siglo de las Luces, by Elena Carpi. Forthcoming in Dieciocho: Hispanic Enlightenment.

“A propósito de los patrones VO y OV en los documentos notariales emilianenses del siglo VIII y el Diploma del rey Silo”. Aemilianense IV, 557-590 (2016). 

“Oralidad, latinización textual y convivencia de variantes ortográficas en iberorromance”. Bulletin of Spanish Studies 93(5), 739-765 (2016).

Review Article of Ramón Menéndez Pidal: The Practice and Politics of Philology in Twentieth-Century Spain, by Steven Hess. La corónica 44(2), 139-140 (2016).

“The Role of Grammatical Metaphor in the Development of Advanced Literacy in Spanish as a First, Second, and Heritage Language”. Functional Linguistics 2(7), 1-13 (2015).

“La disciplina de la lingüística y el carácter coloquial del género pregunta-respuesta según el Corpus del Lenguaje Académico en Español (CLAE)”. In Ignatieva, N. & Colombi, M. C. (edd.), CLAE: El lenguaje académico en México y los Estados Unidos: un análisis sistémico funcional. México, DF: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 221-237 (2014).

“La España altomedieval y su continuo sociolingüístico: ¿sociedad diglósica o monolingüe?”. Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 90(6), 627-648 (2013).

“Latín y romance en la Iberia del Medievo tardío y el complemento directo preposicional”. Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie  129(1), 115-127 (2013).

Seruire a: orígenes primitivos de la a personal” (with Robert J. Blake). In Montero Cartelle, E. (ed.), Actas del VIII Congreso Internacional de Historia de la Lengua Española. Santiago de Compostela: Meubook, 683-694 (2012).

“Temprana marcación acusativa en el hispanorromance” (with Robert J. Blake). Romance Philology 64(2), 285-294 (2010).

“Spanish Personal a and the Antidative” (with Raúl Aranovich). In Leow, R., Campos, H. & Lardiere, D. (edd.), Little Words: Their History, Phonology, Syntax, Semantics, Pragmatics, and Acquisition. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 109-118 (2009).

Grants & Awards

Summer Research Stipend—College of Arts and Sciences, University of Virginia (2017)

Research Support in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences—Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences & Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, University of Virginia (2015).

Research Support in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences—Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences & Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, University of Virginia (2013).

Excellence in Teaching—Department of Spanish & Portuguese, University of California (Davis) (2010).

Zaida Villanueva García

Lecturer of Spanish
New Cabell Hall 417
Office Hours:
Monday & Wednesday 10:00am-11:00am and by appt



M.A. in World Languages, Literatures, & Linguistics. West Virginia University, USA

M.A. in Secondary School Teaching, Vocational Training and Language Teaching. The National Distance Education University (UNED), Spain

M.A. in Diplomacy and International Relations. Diplomatic School of Madrid, Spain

B.A. in Translation and Interpreting. University of Salamanca, Spain

B.A. in Tourism, graduated first in class. University of Oviedo, Spain


Professional Development

Fundamentals of Project-Based Language Learning Online Institute & Online Symposium: The Power of Project-Based Language Learning. University of Virginia, VA

Teaching with Technology Summit. University of Virginia, VA

Certificate in University Teaching. West Virginia University, WV

Kognito Training modules: At-risk Students, Veterans on Campus, and LGBTQ on Campus. West Virginia University, WV

WVU Children on Campus Training Certificate. West Virginia University, WV

Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE) A1-C2 Examiner. Cervantes Institute, on-line


Research Interests

Language Teaching

Second Language Acquisition

Travel Literature

Women Studies

International Relations



  • At the University of Virginia
    • SPAN-2010 (Intermediate Spanish)
    • SPAN-2020 (Advanced Intermediate Spanish)
  • At West Virginia University
    • SPAN-101 (Elementary Spanish I)
    • SPAN-102 (Elementary Spanish II)
  • At the Spanish Cultural Center of Bata (Equatorial Guinea) associated to the Instituto Cervantes
    • Intermediate Spanish
    • Elementary Spanish
  • Other teaching experience
    • English Teacher at the Spanish School of Bata in Equatorial Guinea (High School level students)


Selected Presentations

“Reivindicación del deseo sexual femenino en Luna Caliente de Mempo Giardinelli y Ardiente Paciencia de Antonio Skármeta” presented at the KFLC: The Languages, Literatures and Cultures Conference, University of Kentucky. Lexington, KY. April 2016

“Cuando el Margen Becomes el Centro: función semiótica en La Virgen Cabeza de Gabriela Cabezón Cámara” presented at the Cincinnati Conference on Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Cincinnati. Cincinnati, OH. April 2016

“Cooking Spanish Tapas” presented at the Spanish Immersion Day Project C.H.I.S.P.A. Hedgesville High School, Hedgesville, Berkeley County, WV. October 2015

“Webquest: An Adventure in Learning” presented at the TESOL Conference, Marshall University. Charleston, WV. April 2015

"Vocabulario: La tecnología y las comidas.” Sabor Hispano: Fin de Semana de Inmersión 2015. American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, Morgantown, WV. March 2015.


Grants and Awards

Grant from the Institute of World Languages for the Spanish Tertulia, University of Virginia (2017)

Merit-based grant for studying a summer course of German at the University of Heidelberg, Germany (2005)

Jose Riera Foundation Award for the best academic record for the 2002-2003 academic years as part of the Bachelor of Arts in Tourism at the University of Oviedo, Spain (2004)


Professional Associations Membership

Implicadas no Desenvolvemento, Galician feminist NGO that promotes gender equality as base for sustainable human development supporting various projects in India

Alma Clásica, International Association that seeks to improve the education of young people's knowledge of the Classical Culture

eXFERA, Association of Alumni from the Master of Arts in Diplomacy and International Relations of the Diplomatic School of Madrid

Hispanic Honor Society Sigma Delta Pi, society that promotes a deeper understanding of Spanish and Hispanic Culture among college and university students

Adrienne Ward

Associate Professor of Italian
New Cabell Hall 461
Office Hours:
On Leave Spring 2018

Research Summary

Adrienne Ward received her Ph.D. in Italian from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her area of specialty is 17th- and 18th-century Italian literature, with a focus on theater production and culture. Her first book, Pagodas in Play: Representations of China in 18th-Century Italian Opera, was published by Bucknell University Press in 2010.

Prof. Ward has published several articles on Carlo Goldoni, as well as on Luisa Bergalli, and Fulvio Testi.  She teaches courses on Italian theater, Italian comic traditions across genres and historical periods, Italian travel literature, and early modern gender and marriage culture. Her current research and teaching interests include the role and treatment of gender in Italian literary works of the early modern period, specifically intersections between matrimony and theater.


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison

B.A., University of Notre Dame



Pagodas in Play: China on the Eighteenth-Century Italian Opera Stage (Bucknell University Press, 2010)

Selected Articles

"The Drama of Marriage in 18th-Century Venice: Carlo Goldoni's La locandiera." The Eighteenth Centuries (U.Va. Press, forthcoming).

"Il matrimonio segreto: Marriage Options in Venetian Comic Opera." Opera Libretti of the Eighteenth Century: Essays on the Libretto as Enlightenment Text, ed. Pamela Gay-White. Lewiston, NY: Mellen, 2015. 149-174.

“Le donne appassionte ed il genere della passione ne La sposa Persiana di Goldoni.” Problemi di critica goldoniana 16 (2009): 39-57.

“Goldoni and Cicisbeism.” Esperienze letterarie. Special issue on Carlo Goldoni. Eds. Franco Fido and Marco Santoro. XXXII: 3-4 (2007): 315-332.

Translation of letters from Philip Mazzei to Thomas Jefferson, others. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series (Princeton: Princeton University Press), vol. 3 (2006), vols. 7, 9, forthcoming.

Eastern Others on Western Pages: 18th-Century Literary Orientalism.Blackwell Literature Compass (2004).

“The Price of Sonnets and Bonnets: How Gender Works in Luisa Bergalli’s Le avventure del poeta.” Italica 79 (2002): 168-188.

“‘Imaginary Imperialism:’ Goldoni Stages China in 18th-Century Italy.” Theatre Journal 54 (2002): 203-221.

Grants & Awards

Alison Weber

Emeritus Faculty
New Cabell Hall 429
Office Hours:
Monday & Friday 2:00pm-3:00pm and by appt

Research Summary

Alison Weber is Professor of Spanish, and she holds affiliate appointments in the Corcoran Department of History and the Program in Jewish Studies. Her expertise in Golden Age literatures, religious discourse, and women's writing in early modern Spain been widely recognized by colleagues and students. Her recent work examines eucharistic discourse and literary representations of the sacrament after transubstantiation, including polemics about what it meant to consume the divine in flesh and blood. She is especially interested in the relationship between early modern religious writing and sociocultural notions of religious and gender differences that are reflected in -- and produced by -- writers in the sixteenth centuries. She is the author of numerous monographs, including Teresa de Avila and the Rhetoric of Femininity (Princeton UP, 1990; reprinted in paperback in 1996 and translated into Italian in 1993); a critical edition of the Book for the Hour of Recreation: María de San José Salazar (trans. Amanda Powell, Chicago UP, 2002); Approaches to Teaching Teresa of Ávila and the Spanish Mystics (MLA, 2009); Devout Laywomen in the Early Modern World (Ashgate, 2016).


Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (1975)

M.A., University of California, Berkeley (1970)

A.B., University of California, Berkeley (1969)

Selected Publications


Devout Laywomen in the Early Modern World (Ashgate, 2016)

Approaches to Teaching Teresa of Ávila and the Spanish Mystics (MLA, 2009)

Book for the Hour of Recreation: María de San José Salazar (trans. Amanda Powell, Chicago UP, 2002)

Teresa de Avila and the Rhetoric of Femininity (Princeton UP, 1990; reprinted in paperback in 1996 and translated into Italian in 1993)


“Gender and Mysticism,” Cambridge Companion to Christian Mysticism, ed. Amy Hollywood and Patricia Beckman (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).

The Literature of Women Religious in Early Modern Catholic Europe and the New World,” Ashgate Research Companion to Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe, ed. Allyson Poska and Jane Couchman (Hants: Ashgate, forthcoming).

“Los Jesuitas y las Carmelitas Descalzas: amistad, rivalidad, y recelos,” Francisco de Borja y su tiempo: Política, religión, y cultura en la edad moderna (Valencia-Rome: Institutum Historicum Societatis Iesu, 2011), 103-113.

“‘Golden Age’ or ‘Early Modern’”: What’s in a Name? Publications of the Modern Language Association of America 126:1 (2011): 225-232.

“Could Women Write Mystical Poetry?: The Literary Daughters of San Juan de la Cruz,” Tras el espejo la musa escribe. Studies on Women's Poetry of the Golden Age, ed. Julián Olivares (London: Tamesis, 2009), 185-201.

“Thomas Jefferson’s Quixotes.” Studies in Spanish Literature in Honor of Daniel Eisenberg, ed. Tom Lathrop (Newark: Juan de la Cuesta, 2009), 351-372

“El cervantismo norteamericano: liberalismo, posmodernismo, y pragmatismo,” U.S.A. Cervantes, ed. Georgina Dopico-Black and Francisco Layna (Madrid: Polifemo, 2009), 61-85.

“‘Little Angels’: Young Girls in the Discalced Carmelite Reform,” Female Monasticism in Early Modern Europe: An Interdisciplinary View, ed. Cordula van Wyhe (Hants: Ashgate, 2008), 211-225.

“Teresa di Jesu e i rapporti con i confessori,” Storia della direzione spirituale, III, L'età moderna, ed. Gabriella Zarri (Brescia: Morcelliana, 2008), 289-309.

“‘Mute Tongues Beget Understanding’: Recovering the Voice of María de San José.” Teaching Other Voices: Women and Religion in Early Modern Europe, ed. Margaret L. King and Albert Rabil, Jr. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007), 167-175.;

“El feminismo parcial de Ana de San Bartolomé,” El feminismo reivindicado: 1450-hoy, ed. Lisa Vollendorf (Madrid: Icaria, 2006), 77-94.

“Locating Holiness in Early Modern Spain: Convents, Caves, and Houses,”   Attending to Early Modern Women: Structures and Subjectivities, ed. Joan Hartman and Adele Seeff (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2007), 50-74.

“María de San José: Saint Teresa’s Difficult Daughter,” The Heirs of St. Teresa of Avila: Defenders and Disseminators of the Founding Mother’s Legacy, ed. Christopher Wilson (Washington, D.C.: ICS, 2006), 1-20.

“Teresa de Avila. La mística femenina,” Historia de las mujeres en España y América Latina, ed. Isabel Morant (Madrid: Cátedra, 2005), 2: 107-129.

“Dear Daughter: Reform and Persuasion in Saint Teresa’s Letters to her Prioresses.” Form and Persuasion in Women’s Informal Letters. 1500-1700, ed. Ann Crabb and Jane Couchman (Hants: Ashgate, 2005): 241-261.

“The Inquisitor, the Flesh, and the Devil: Alumbradismo and Demon Possession,”  Dämonische Besessenheit. Zur Interpretation eines kulturhistorischen Phänomens, ed. Hans de Waardt et al. (Bielefeld: Verlag für Regionalgeschichte, 2005), 117-191.

“Autobiografías por mandato: ¿Ego-documents o textos sociales?” Cultura escrita y sociedad 1 (2005): 116-119.

“Lope de Vega’s Rimas sacras: Conversion, Clientage, and the Performance of Masculinity,”  Publications of the Modern Language Association of America 120 (2005): 404-421.

“Religious Writing in Early Modern Spain,” The Cambridge History of Spanish Literature, ed. David T. Gies (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2004), 149-15.

“The Three Lives of the Vida: The Uses of Convent Autobiography,” Women and Texts and Authority in Early Modern Spain, ed. Marta Vicente (Hants: Ashgate, 2003), 107-125.

"Spiritual Administration: Gender and Discernment in the Carmelite Reform," Sixteenth Century Journal  31.1 (2000): 127-50.

Selected Grants & Awards

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, Spring, 2005
Rome-University of Virginia Summer Fellowship (2002)
Research Associate in Women’s Studies in Religion, Harvard Divinity School (1998-99)
Member, Virginia Society of Fellows (1999-present)
Committee for Cultural Cooperation between Spain and United States Universities (1997)

Elizabeth Wellbeloved

Assistant Director of the Hispanic Studies Program (UVa Valencia)
235 Minor Hall
Office Hours:

Liz Wellbeloved-Stone has worked as the Assistant Director of the Hispanic Studies Program (UVa Valencia Program) since May 2000.

She moved from California to Charlottesville in 1980. Liz graduated from Charlottesville High School in 1983 and from UVA in December 1987 with a BA in Spanish.

Liz studied in Valencia with the Hispanic Studies Program for the academic year 1985-86. She married Rick Wellbeloved-Stone in October of 1987. They have two children, James and Claire.

To make an appointment with Ms. Wellbeloved-Stone, please contact her at the email address or phone number above, or visit her in the International Studies Office at:

208 Minor Hall (main ISO office)
Charlottesville, VA 22904

PO Box 400165
Charlottesville, VA 22904

Direct line: +1-434-924-7155
ISO Phone: +1-434-982-3010
ISO Fax: +1-434-982-3011

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Octavia Wells

Administrative Assistant
New Cabell Hall 444
Office Hours:

Caroline Whitcomb

PhD Student
Office Hours:


M.A. Spanish, University of Virginia, (expected May 2018)
B.A. Spanish and English, Kenyon College (2014) cum laude

Research Interests

  • The early modern city
  • The picaresque
  • Criminals and crime in colonial and early modern Iberia
  • Gender studies
  • Comparative literature


University of Virginia

Intermediate Spanish, SPAN 2010 (2016-2017)

Kenyon College

Accelerated Elementary Spanish (2013-2014)

Grants & Awards

Auxiliar de Conversación, Ministry of Education (Spain, 2014-2015)

Distinguished Senior Thesis, Kenyon College (2014)

Julianna White

Lecturer of Spanish
NCH 434
Office Hours:
Wednesday 1:00pm-3:00pm and by appt

Julianna graduated summa cum laude with her B.A. in Spanish from Sewanee, University of the South in Tennessee and also holds a M.A. in Spanish from the University of Virginia.

Julianna has lived extensively in Spain in the cities of Segovia, Zaragoza and Madrid and has participated in an exchange program in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico as well. In addition to Spanish, Julianna has studied Italian and French and loves learning new languages.

Her academic interests are vast but include Medieval Iberian Peninsular studies, especially the era of the Islamic presence in Spain, and also modern Latin American literature including Cortázar, García Márquez and Borges.

Julianna has taught various levels including SPAN 1060, SPAN 2010 and SPAN 2020 and loves teaching the bright students at UVa!

Sara Young

Lecturer of Spanish
New Cabell Hall 466
Office Hours:
Monday & Wednesday 9:50am-10:50am and by appt


M.A., Foreign Languages, Cultures, and Literatures, concentration in Hispanic Studies, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (2013)

M.A.T., concentration in Secondary Education (6-12), James Madison University (2009)

B.A., Modern Foreign Language, concentration in Spanish, minors in Pre-Professional Secondary Education and Teaching English as a Second Language, James Madison University (2008)

Research Interests

Methodologies of Second Language Acquisition


University of Virginia (2016-Present)

SPAN 1060: Accelerated Elementary Spanish

Elon University (2014-2016)

  • SPAN 122: Elementary Spanish II
  • SPAN 124: Intensive Elementary Spanish I and II
  • SPAN 121: Elementary Spanish I

Virginia Tech Language and Culture Institute (2014, 2016)

  • RW 450: Reading and Writing 450
  • GLS 350: Grammar, Listening, and Speaking 350
  • GLS 150: Grammar, Listening, and Speaking 150
  • Beginning Conversation Spanish (online)

Other Teaching Experience (2009-2011)

  • High School Spanish Teacher: Spanish 1 - AP

Professional Affiliations

American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

Modern Language Association