Meet Your Professors

 

Susanna Torrent

Susanna Alles Torrent 

Assistant Professor 

Ph.D. Romance Studies, University of Barcelona

M.A. The Birth of the Ancient Mediterranean Culture, University of Barcelona 

B.A. Classics and Italian Philology, University of Barcelona

B.A. Classics, University of Barcelona

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Research Interests: 

Scholarly Digital Editions | Arabic and Mediterranean Studies | Digital Humanities | French and Francophone Studies | Italian Studies | Medieval and Early Modern | Peninsular Studies | Transatlantic Studies | Translation Studies 

Recent Publication: 

Las Vitae Hannibalis et Scipionis de Donato Acciaiuoli, traducidas por Alfonso de Palencia (1491), Barcelona - Madrid: Brepols (Textes et Études du Moyen Âge 77), 2014

Arce

Bridget Christine Arce

Associate Professor 

Ph.D. Hispanic Language and Literatures, University of California at Berkeley

M.A. Political Science, California State University

M.A. Hispanic Language and Literature, Middlebury College

B.A. Political Science with Emphasis in International Relations & Spanish Literature, University of California at Santa Barbara

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Research Interests: 

Brazilian/Global Lusophone Studies | Comparative Race and Ethnicity Studies (including Latinx Studies) | Cultural Studies | Hemispheric Caribbean Studies | Immigration/ Globalization/ Transnationalism/ Diasporas | Latin American Studies | Literary/Critical Theory | Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies | Social Movements and Networks | Women, Gender, Sexuality, and Queer and Trans Studies | 18th-19th Century | 20th-21st Century 

Recent Publication: 

México’s Nobodies: The Cultural Legacy of the Soldadera and Afro-Mexican Women. New York: SUNY Press, Series “Genders in the Global South.” Recipient of Katherine Singer Kovacs Book Award, by the Modern Language Association, December 2018.

Steven Butterman

Steven Fred Butterman 

Associate Professor

Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison

M.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison

B.A. University of Colorado-Boulder

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Associate Professor of Portuguese and Director of the Portuguese Language Program since 2000, Steven F. Butterman teaches Portuguese language courses and Brazilian literature and cultural studies at UM, where he also directed the Gender & Sexuality Studies (GSS) Program and launched the minor in LGBTQ Studies.  He has delivered over 40 invited talks and keynote addresses at universities throughout Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States and dozens of academic conference presentations throughout the world.  A recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute in 2002 and Summer Seminar in 2010 and a winner of the Brazilian International Press Award, Provost's Excellence in Teaching Award, and the 2004 University of Miami Scholarly and Creative Activity Award.  Butterman has published books and articles on a wide range of topics, focusing on transnational LGBTQ+ studies, gender and feminist studies in the cultural contexts of Portuguese-speaking countries. Butterman’s current research agenda culminates in the publication of his third book, Queering and Querying the Paradise of Paradox:  LGBT Language, New Media and Visual Cultures in Modern Day Brazil.  London: Rowman Littlefield International, forthcoming in early 2021.  In addition to his academic work, Butterman has also served as an expert witness on asylum petition cases involving homophobia, lesbophobia, transphobia, and domestic violence in Brazil, Estonia, and Honduras.

Research Interests: 

Brazilian/Global Lusophone Studies | Comparative Race and Ethnicity Studies (including Latinx Studies) | Immigration/ Globalization/ Transnationalism/ Diasporas | Latin American Studies 

Recent Publication: 

(In)visibilidade Vigilante: Representações midiáticas da maior parada gay do planeta. (Vigilant (In)Visibility: Journalistic Representations of the Largest Pride Parade on the Planet). São Paulo, Brazil: SJT Saúde, Educação, Cultura e Editora / nVersos, 2012.

Christina Civantos

Christina Civantos

Professor

Ph.D. Comparative Literature, University of California at Berkeley

M.A. Comparative Literature, University of California at Berkeley

B.A. Spanish and Arabic, Duke University

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Research Interests: 

Arabic and Mediterranean Studies | Cultural Studies | French and Francophone Studies | Hemispheric Caribbean Studies | Latin American Studies | Postnational and Decolonial Studies | Transatlantic Studies | Translation Studies | 18th-19th Century | 20th-21st Century 

Recent Publication: 

The Afterlife of al-Andalus: Muslim Iberia in Contemporary Arab and Hispanic Narratives. State University of New York Press, 2017.

Logan Connors

Logan Connors

Associate Professor 

Ph.D. French and Francophone Studies, Louisiana State University

M.A. French and Francophone Studies, Louisiana State University

B.A. History and French, University of Rhode Island

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Logan Connors teaches French and Francophone drama and performance cultures from 1600 to the present. His research focuses mainly on theater in the French-speaking world, and he is currently working on a book about theater, gender, and war in France and its colonial empire during the Age of Revolutions (1760-1815). In 2019-2020, he was an invited research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Lyon, France, and he is a past recipient of a Provost’s Research Award, an NEH Chair in the Humanities and an Andrew Mellon Fellowship. At UM, he serves as Director of Undergraduate Studies in French, Academic Director of UParis (the University’s study-abroad program in France), and Associate Chair of Modern Languages and Literatures.

Research Interests:

Cultural Studies | French and Francophone Studies | Literary/Critical Theory | Medieval and Early Modern | Theater/Performance Studies | 18th-19th Century

Recent Publication:

Logan Connors, The Emergence of a Theatrical Sciene of Man in France, 1660-1740. Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment, 2020. 

Tracy Devine Guzman

Tracy Devine Guzmán

Associate Professor 

Ph.D. Latin American Studies/Romance Studies, Duke University

B.A. Foreign Affairs and French, University of Virginia

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Research Interests:

Cultural history and the history of ideas | Social and political theory | Global and transnational indigeneity | South-South relations | Environmental studies | Citizenships and nationalisms | Language and democracy | Cultural production under authoritarianism

Recent Publication:

Native and National in Brazil: Indigeneity after Independence. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2013. LASA Brazil Section Book Prize, Honorable Mention (2014).

Viviana Diaz Balsera

Viviana Diaz Balsera

Professor 

Ph.D. Hispanic Studies, Yale University

B.A. University of Texas at Austin

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Viviana Díaz Balsera is Professor of Spanish.  She works on early modern epistemologies with emphasis on colonial Mexico. In her research she has examined how Nahua intellectuals appropriated intersections between European-Iberian and Mesoamerican cosmogonic and socio-political imaginaries to preserve indigenous knowledges in the coercive environment of Spanish colonization. Her current research is on the Franciscan missions in La Florida and the role of extant bilingual literature in the globalization of the Timucua peoples.  

Research Interests:

Comparative Race and Ethnicity Studies (including Latinx Studies) | Cultural Studies | Hemispheric Caribbean Studies | Medieval and Early Modern | Peninsular Studies and Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies

Recent Publication:

Guardians of Idolatry: Gods, Demons and Priests Hernando Ruiz de Alarcón’s Treatise of Heathen Superstitions. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2018.

Rebecca Doran

Rebecca Doran

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University

A.M. Regional Studies – East Asia, Harvard University

A.B. East Asian Studies, Harvard University

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Research Interests:

Chinese literature | Gender and sexuality | Women’s literature | Historiography 

Recent Publication:

Transgressive Typologies: Constructions of Gender and Power in Early Tang China. Harvard University Asia Center Press, 2017.

Ager Gondra

Ager Gondra

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Spanish Linguistics, Purdue University

M.A. Spanish Linguistics, Purdue University

M.A.T. Secondary Education, Universidad de Deusto - Deustuko Unibertsitatea, The Basque Country, Spain

B.A. English Philology, Universidad de Deusto - Deustuko Unibertsitatea, The Basque Country, Spain

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Ager Gondra is a linguist whose scholarly interests are syntax, language contact, language variation, language acquisition, and second language teaching. He teaches courses in Spanish linguistics, bilingualism, and Second Language Teaching. He collects his research data in the Basque Country, his homeland. Ager Gondra is also the Director of the Spanish Basic Language Program. 

Research Interests:

Language Acquisition | Language Variation | Language Contact | Bilingualism | L2 Teaching Methodologies | Syntax | Intercultural Knowledge Development 

Recent Publication:

Gondra, A. 2018. Preverbal Double Negation in Basque Spanish? Acceptability judgment task and semi-structured interview. Hispania, 101.4, pp. 587–604

Elena Grau Lleveria

Elena Grau-Lleveria

Associate Professor  

Ph.D. Spanish and Spanish American Literature 20th century, University of Texas at Austin

M.A. Spanish Literatures and Linguistics, Rutgers University

B.A. Licenciatura in Spanish Linguistics, Universitat de Barcelona

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Research Interests:

Peninsular Studies | Women, Gender, Sexuality and Queer and Trans Studies | 18th-19th Century and 20th-21st Century

Recent Publication:

Las olvidadas: mujer y modernismo. Las narradoras de entre siglos. Barcelona: Propociones y Publicaciones Universitarias, 2008

Ralph Heyndels

Ralph Heyndels

Professor 

Ph.D. Docteur en Philodophie et Lettres, Universite Libre de Bruxelles

M.A. Romance Philology, Université Libre de Bruxelles

B.A. Romanice Philology, Université Libre de Bruxelles

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Ralph Heyndels’ teaching and research is in French and Comparative Literature, and Queer and Franco-Arabic Studies.

Research Interests:

French classical, modern and contemporary literature | Comparative literature | Franco – Maghrebi literature and cinema | Immigration, decolonial and queer studies | Critical theory, esthetics, sociology of literature and culture

Recent Publication:

Nuit politique du désir : l’engagement amoureux de Jean Genet (accepted) 

Modernité, chagrin d’enfance. Mélancolie, nostalgie et représentation du désir chez Rimbaud. Paris : Alain Baudry & Cie / Fasano : Schena Editore (Cultura Straniera), forthcoming, 2021

 

Cae Joseph Massena

Cae Joseph-Massena

Assistant Professor 

Ph.D. French, University of Maryland 

M.A. Performance Studies, Université Paris 8-Saint Denis

M.A. English, Université Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle

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Cae Joseph-Masséna is an Assistant Professor of Comparative, Francophone & Cultural Studies in the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures. 

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Recent Publication:

“Re-Staging the Haitian Revolution Narrative: The Tragic Mulatta’s Dissonance & Eziliphonics in Marie Vieux Chauvet’s Dance on the Volcano” in Marie Vieux- Chauvet’s Theaters of Revolt. Eds: C. Flaugh & L. Taub, Brill Publishers.

Andrew Lynch

Andrew Lynch

Associate Professor  

P.h. D.Hispanic & Lusophone Literatures, Cultures & Linguistics, University of Minnesota

M.A. Hispanic & Lusophone Literatures, Cultures & Linguistics, University of Minnesota

B.A. Spanish Language, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

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Andrew Lynch is a sociolinguist whose scholarship focuses on language in postmodernity.  He teaches courses in Spanish in the US, Language Ideologies, bilingualism, and Spanish for heritage speakers. 

Research Interests:
Sociolinguistics, Language in society | Bilingualism, Language contact | Ideologies of language | Language and globalization | Heritage language studies | Spanish in the US
Recent Publication:

Andrew Lynch, Routledge Handbook of Spanish in the Global City. Routledge, 2019.

Lillian Manzor

Lillian Manzor

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR 

Ph.D. Spanish, University of Southern California

M.A. Spanish, University of Southern California

B.A. Spanish and French, University of Miami

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Research Interests:

Latin American and Latino/a cultures | Performance studies | Gender studies | Literature and the visual arts 

Recent Publication:

Manzor, Lillian and Jaime Gómez Triana. El Ciervo Encantado: An Altar in the Mangroves. New York: Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics Tome Press, 2015.

Yolanda Martinez-San Miguel

Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel

Professor 

Chair of Department of Modern Languages and Literatures 

Marta S. Weeks Chair in Latin American Studies

Ph.D. Latin American Cultural Studies, University of California at Berkeley

M.A. Hispanic Studies, University of California at Berkely

B.A. Hispanic Studies, University of Puerto Rico

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Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel specializes in colonial, postcolonial Latin American and Caribbean literatures.  She teaches courses on critical theory, comparative coloniality, gender and sexuality studies, andLatinx, Latin American and Caribbean studies. She has taught at Princeton University (1997-2000), Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey (2000-2003; 2008-2017) and the University of Pennsylvania (2003-2008). She is co-editing an anthology with Michelle Stephens titled Contemporary Archipelagic Thinking: Towards New Comparative Methodologies and Disciplinary Formations and working on her fifth book, “Archipiélagos de ultramar: Comparative Insular and Colonial Studies,” which uses comparative archipelagic studies as a historical and theoretical framework to propose a research agenda for the study of cultural productions in the Caribbeanand other colonial archipelagoes between 1498 and 2010. She is co-editor of the book series on Critical Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University Press.

Research Interests:

Latin American Literature: Colonial, Caribbean, and Latino Literature | Literary Theory, Colonial and Postcolonial Theory, Migration Studies, Sexuality, Queer and Trans Studies.

Recent Publication:

“Con-Federating the Archipelago: Introduction.”   Co-editor (with Katerina González Seligmann), special section, “Con-Federating the Archipelago: The Confederación Antillana and the West Indies Federation”.   Small Axe.  (March 2020) 36-43. DOI 10.1215/07990537-8190541

Gema Perez Sanchez

Gema Pérez-Sánchez

Associate Professor

Ph.D. Romance Studies, Cornell University

M.A. English Literature, Bucknell University

B.A. Music Performance-Flute, Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid

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Gema Pérez Sánchez is an Associate Professor of Spanish who researches contemporary Spanish peninsular culture; gender and sexuality studies; transnational LGBTQ+ activism; and films and literature of migration to Spain. Currently, she is writing “Transnational Queer Affects and Activism: Literary and Visual Public Interventions in Spanish Culture (1970s-2000s)”—a book on the intersection of epistolary, literary, visual, and activist discourses and transnational LGBTQ mobilizations in contemporary Spain. She teaches courses on topics as diverse as LGBTQI culture and thought in Spanish-speaking countries and Spain’s early twentieth-century literary and artistic avant-garde. She loves to engage in collaborative international research projects with scholars and activists to bridge the gap between academia and real life challenges.

Research Interests:

Arabic and Mediterranean Studies | Comparative Race and Ethnicity Studies (including Latinx Studies) | Cultural Studies | Immigration/ Globalization/ Transnationalism/ Diasporas | Latin American Studies | Literary/Critical Theory | Media, Film and Visual Studies | Peninsular Studies | Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies | Social Movements and Networks | Women, Gender, Sexuality and Queer and Trans Studies | 20th-21st Studies 

Recent Publication:

Queer Transitions in Contemporary Spanish Culture: From Franco to la Movida. (SUNY Press for the SUNY series in Latin American and Iberian Thought and Culture. 2007).

Alexandra Perisic

Alexandra Perisic

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. French and Comparative Literature, Columbia University 

M.Phil. French and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

M.A. French, Columbia University

B.A. Comparative Literature and Mathematics, Columbia University

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Research Interests:

Cultural Studies | Environmental Humanities | French and Francophone Studies | Hemispherica Caribbean Studies | Immigration/ Globalization/ Transnationalism/ Diasporas | Latin American Studies | Literary/Critical Theory | Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies | Transatlantic Studies | Translation Studies and 20th-21st Century 

Recent Publication:

Aleksandra Perisic, Precarious Crossings: Immigration, Neoliberalism, and the Atlantic. Ohio Tate University Press, 2019.

Allison Schifani

Allison M Schifani

Assistant Professor 

Ph.D. Comparative Literature University of California, Santa Barbara

M.A. Comparative Literature, University of California, Santa Barbara

B.A. English and Comparative Literary Studies, Occidental College

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Her work on art, technology, ecology and the city has appeared in The Journal of Urban Cultural Studies, Media Fields, and elsewhere. She is a founding member of the research and design collaborative SPEC, whose focus is the future of the city, with particular attention to digitality, economy, and urban speculation.

Research Interests:

Cultural Studies | Digital Humanities | Environmental Humanities | Immigration/ Globalization/ Transnationalism/ Diasporas | Literary/Critical Theory | Media, Film and Visual Studies | Science and Technology Studies | Social Movements and Networks and 20th-21st Century 

Recent Publication:

“Buenos Aires Libre: Risk, Resistance, and Tactical Sharing,” Plat, Issue 7.0, September, 2018. Co-authored with Jeffrey Kruth. Pp. 184-190.

Omar Vargas

Omar Vargas

Assistant Professor 

Ph.D. Spanish American Literature, University of Texas at Austin

M.A Latin American Literature, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana

B.A. Mathematics, Universidad Nacional de Colombia

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Research Interests:

Latin American Studies | Science and Technology Studies | 20th-21st Century 

Recent Publication:

Omar Vargas. “El extraño comportamiento de las palabras en el infinito: un encuentro entre la teoría fractal, la teoría de conjuntos y “El Aleph” de Jorge Luis Borges.” Variaciones Borges 42 (2016): 139-157

George Yudice

George A Yudice

Professor 

Ph.D. Romance Languages, Princeton University

M.A. Latin America Literature, University of Illinois

B.A. Spanish/ Chemistry, Hunter College

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Research Interests:

Cultural policy | Globalization and transnational processes | The organization of civil society | The role of intellectuals, artists and activists in national and transnational institutions | Comparison of diverse national constructions of race and ethnicity | Contemporary Central America 

Recent Publication:

Culturas emergentes en el mundo hispano de Estados Unidos. Documento de trabajo (Madrid: Fundación Alternativas, 2009)