I teach courses on modern and contemporary Spanish literary history, cinema, comics, and culture. I am a former Chair of the Department of Romance Studies and Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor of Spanish at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. From 2003 to 2010 I taught at the University of Notre Dame, where I was Associate Professor of Spanish. In an administrative capacity, I was a fellow in the University of Virginia's Leadership in Academic Matters Program (2021) and the Chairs Leadership Program at UNC-Chapel Hill (2018).
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.
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.
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)
- Italian Children’s Literature, Media, and the History of Childhood in Italy
- Film Adaptation and Italian Cinema and Television
- Italian American Studies
- Italian-Language Pedagogy
University of Virginia
University of Virginia, 2014 – present
Director of Undergraduate Programs
University of Virginia in Valencia, advisor, promotion
Ph.D. in Spanish, University of Virginia, 2009
M.A. in Spanish, University of Virginia, 2004