Meet Your Professors

 

Susanna Torrent

Susanna Alles Torrent 

Associate Professor 


Ph.D. Romance Studies, University of Barcelona
M.A. Classics, University of Barcelona
M.A. Digital Humanities, École nationale des chartes
B.A. Classics and Italian Philology, University of Barcelona
B.A. Classics, University of Barcelona

Curriculum vitae
Bio: 

Susanna Allés-Torrent is Associate Professor of Medieval & Early Modern Iberian Studies and Digital Humanities. Her research addresses fifteen-century Iberia and its cultural connections with Italian humanism, life writing, translation studies, textual scholarship, digital editing, and the history and present of digital methods in Peninsular Studies and the Spanish-speaking world. These interests inform several of her publications, as well as her current book project and the digital [Archive of Biographical Writings in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia]. She has also published widely on the intersection of digital scholarly editions and textual criticism. She teaches Spanish Cultural Topics, Medieval and Early Modern Literature, and several DH courses at undergraduate and graduate levels. She is originally from Spain and one of her favorite places on earth is the island of Minorca where she was born. https://susannalles.com/ 

Research Interests: 

Medieval and Early Modern | Peninsular Studies | Iberian and Italian Humanism | Life Writing | Mediterranean Studies | Translation Studies | Digital Humanities | Scholarly Digital Editions | Data mining and Text Technologies

Recent Publication: 

“Digital Humanities and the Iberian Middle Ages.” The Routledge Hispanic Studies Companion to Medieval Iberia: Unity in Diversity, edited by Michael Gerli & Ryan D. Giles, Routledge, 2021

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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
Curriculum vitae
Bio: 

 

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
Curriculum vitae
Bio:

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 National Endowment for the Humanities awards and a winner of the Brazilian International Press Award, Provost's Excellence in Teaching Award, and the University of Miami Scholarly and Creative Activity Award, Butterman has published books and articles on a wide range of topics, focusing on transnational LGBTQIA+ studies, gender and feminist studies in the cultural contexts of Portuguese-speaking countries. Butterman’s third book, Queering and Querying the Paradise of Paradox:  LGBT Language, New Media and Visual Cultures in Modern Day Brazil is available here.

In addition to his academic work, Butterman continues to serve as a Center for Gender and Refugee Studies expert witness on asylum petition cases involving homophobia, lesbophobia, biphobia, transphobia, and domestic violence in Brazil and other countries. Butterman was also selected as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Brazil in AY 2021 – 22. He will be working on a new book while teaching all next summer at the University of São Paulo (USP), the most prestigious academic institution in Brazil. Curious to know about Butterman’s new work?  Shoot him an email at butterman@miami.edu or arrange for a Zoom meeting wherever you may be!

Research Interests: 

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

Recent Publication: 
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
Curriculum vitae
Bio: 

Christina Civantos teaches Hispanic and Arabic literary and cultural studies of the modern period, with occasional forays into medieval and early modern Iberia (al-Andalus) and contemporary Francophone Studies (Franco-Arab Studies). Her research focuses on Arab immigrants and their descendants in Hispano-America and Spain, South-South relations between Latin America and the Arab world, empire and postcolonial studies, nationalisms, language ideologies, memory studies, and tolerance. Her current research project focuses on cultural and political ties between Cuba and North Africa. She is a past recipient of the UM Provost’s Research Award and an NEH Fellowship. She serves as the Director of the Arabic Studies program at UM. More information can be found here.

Research Interests: 

Arabic and Mediterranean Studies | Latin American Studies | Caribbean Studies | Iberian Studies | French and Francophone Studies | Cultural Studies | Immigration and Diaspora | Race and Ethnicity | South-South relations | Empire | Nationalisms | Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies | Transatlantic Studies | Translation Studies | 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

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
Curriculum vitae
Bio: 

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 (2017 and 2021), a NEH Summer Stipend (2021), a NEH Chair in the Humanities (2015-2017) and an Andrew Mellon Fellowship for Humanistic Studies (2005). 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. Also, he convenes UM’s Interdisciplinary Research Group in Theatre and Performance Studies at the Center for the Humanities.

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
M.A. Government, College of William and Mary 
B.A. Foreign Affairs and French, University of Virginia
Curriculum vitae
Bio: 

Tracy Devine Guzmán teaches Latin American Studies and Global Indigenous Studies with an emphasis on Brazil, the Andes, and South-South relations. Her research interests include intellectual history, social and political theory, and cultural production, especially as these fields intersect with questions of race/ethnicity and environmentalism. Her current book project, “Transcontinental Indigeneity: Linking the Americas and the Global South,” is a comparative history that traces the flow of Native and non-Native engagements with diverse notions of indigeneity across the Atlantic, from the colonial period to the present. She is also editing a volume on “Teaching Indigenous Studies in and of Latin America” for the Modern Languages Association.  

Devine Guzmán serves on the advisory board for the US Network for Democracy in Brazil and volunteers frequently as a translator for social movements in Latin America. You can find some of her work here. https://works.bepress.com/tracydevineguzman/ 


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
Curriculum vitae
Bio: 

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:

Cultural Studies | Early Modern Transatlantic Epistemologies | Colonial and Borderland Studies | Indigenous Studies | Postcolonial 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

Associate 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
Curriculum vitae
Bio: 

Rebecca Doran teaches Chinese language, literature, and culture. Her research focuses on early and medieval Chinese literature, with special interests in anecdotal literature, gender, and historiography. Her first monograph explores representations of female power in the late seventh and early eighth centuries of the Tang dynasty. She has also published articles on various topics in Chinese literature, cultural studies, and gender studies. Her current research examines depictions of dress and attitudes to sumptuary practice in the early and medieval periods.  

Research Interests:

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

Recent Publication:

“Fashion and Historical Imagination: The Case of Sun Shou’s ‘Bewitching and Strange Appearances.’” Early Medieval China, Vol. 26 (2020): 1–24.  

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
Curriculum vitae
Bio: 

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
Curriculum vitae
Bio: 

Elena Grau-Lleveria specializes in literary and feminist studies (19th - 21st centuries) from a transatlantic perspective. Her book, Las olvidadas. Mujer y modernismo (2008), analyzes the narrative production of a group of Spanish American and Peninsular women writers of the entre siglos (19th and 20th centuries), in order to shed light on how women writers problematized the ideological and aesthetics tenets of Modernismo in rigorous dialogues amongst themselves and male writers. In her latest articles, she analyzes the resistance discourses that some 19th century women writers rehearsed in their novels against the traditional images of bourgeoise womanhood that their respective hegemonic societies espoused across the Spanish-speaking world.    

Research Interests:

Feminist Literary Studies | Feminist Theory | 19th, 20th and 21st Centuries Latin American and Peninsular literatures | The Ideologies of Aesthetics | History of Ideas | Artist Novels

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 Philosophie et Lettres, Université Libre de Bruxelles
M.A. Romance Philology, Université Libre de Bruxelles 
B.A. Romanice Philology, Université Libre de Bruxelles
Curriculum vitae
Bio: 

Prior to joining the University of Miami, Ralph Heyndels taught a several universities in Europe, Canada, and the United States. He was Director of the Center for Sociology of Literature at the University of Brussels Institute of Sociology, and Director of the Comparative Literature Program at the University of Maryland, College Park. His teaching and research is in French and Comparative Literature, Queer and Franco-Arabic Studies, and Decolonial Studies as applied to contemporary France. His interdisciplinary approach involves negative dialectic esthetics (including the visual arts and cinema) and hermeneutics, sociology of literature and cultural 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 Publications:

Ralph Heyndels, ed. , Autour de / Around Abdellah Taia. Poétique et politique du désir engagé. Poetics and Politics of Engaged Desire (Caen: Passages, 2020; with Amine Zidouh)

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 : Biblioteca della Ricerca / Schena Editore, 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
Curriculum vitae
Bio: 

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

Research Interests:

 

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

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
Curriculum vitae
Bio: 

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
Curriculum vitae
Bio: 

Lillian Manzor specializes in 20th and 21st century Latin American, Hemispheric Caribbean and Latine Theater and Performance Studies. Before coming to UM, she taught at UC-Irvine Comparative Literature (1988-1995). She is co-editor of the book series Sualos, published jointly by Havana’s Editorial Alarcos and Miami’s CTDA Press. She is currently finishing a book manuscript titled Marginality Beyond Return: US-Cuban Performances in the 1980s and 1990s.  Dr. Manzor has been an innovator in using technology in her teaching and research. She is the Founding Director of the Cuban Theater Digital Archive, a digital publication that serves as a space for communication between politically divided communities. She has also published a bilingual online exhibit Cuban Theater in Miami: 1960-1980, and the multimodal book, El Ciervo Encantado: An Altar in the Mangrove. Her ongoing research project, Sites that Speak, uses GIS and the Scalar platform to create digital cultural map of performing arts spaces in Spanish in Miami. Her research has been funded by grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Cuban National Council for the Performing Arts. As a community engaged scholar, she serves as dramaturg and cultural advisor for theater companies in the United States and Cuba, and she has been actively involved in developing US-Cuba cultural dialogues through theater. 

Research Interests:

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

Recent Publication:

“The Concert or the Dream of Nowhere Men.” In Margherita Laera, editor. Performing International Plays. 2021.
 
11 Intervisual Cubans / 11 cuban*s intervisuales. University of Miami Lowe Art Museum, 2020.

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
Curriculum vitae
Bio: 

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 recently co-edited two volumes: (with Michelle Stephens) Contemporary Archipelagic Thinking: Towards New Comparative Methodologies and Disciplinary Formations (Rowman and Littlefield, 2020) (click here) and (with Santa Arias), The Routledge  Companion to Colonial Latin American and Caribbean Studies (Routledge 2021) (click here).  She is currently 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:

“Between Colonialism and Coloniality:  Colonial Latin American and Caribbean Studies Today” (co-authored with Santa Arias).  The Routledge Companion to Colonial Latin AmericaRoutledge Companions to Hispanic and Latin American Studies.  New York: Routledge, 2021.  1-39.

Patoimbasba Nikiema

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. in French and Francophone Studies, University of Pittsburgh
Doctoral Certificate in Gender, Sexuality, and Women Studies, University of Pittsburgh
MA. Certificate in University Teaching, West Virginia University
MA. In French, West Virginia University
B.A. English Studies, University of Ouagadougou

Curriculum vitae
Bio: 

Patoimbasba Nikiema is an Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies / Global Black and Afropean Studies. His research focuses on Postcolonial Studies with a particular interest in Afropean, Sub-Saharan, and Caribbean literatures and cultures around questions of migration, diaspora, race, gender, and transnationalism. He is currently working on the participation of transnational African and Afrodiasporic writers in the Afrotopia, both on the continent and in the Caribbean. Patoimbasba Nikiema serves as the President of the Francophone Caucus of the African Literature Association (FRACALA).   

Research Interests:

Postcolonial Studies | Afropean Culture and Literature | African Cinema | Cultural Studies | Intersectionality and Identity Construction | North African Literature 

Recent Publication:

“Let the Door Open: A Dialogue with Heteronormative Traditions in Mohamed Camara’s Dakan.” International Journal of Humanities, Arts and Social Studies, Vol. 3, no. 1, 2020.  

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
Curriculum vitae
Bio: 

Gema Pérez Sánchez is an Associate Professor of Spanish who researches contemporary Spanish peninsular culture; gender and sexuality studies; transnational LGBTQ+ activism; anti-racist studies; and films and literature on 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. One of her all-time favorite research activities was to immerse herself in the archives of the Robert Roth Papers, housed at the Human Sexuality Collection at Cornell University.  

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:

Javier Fernández Galeano and Gema Pérez Sánchez. “Pioneros de la fraternidad homosexual: La correspondencia entre Héctor Anabitarte y Armand de Fluvià (1974-1980).” Moléculas Malucas. 31 July 2020. click here
 
Gema Pérez Sánchez and Brenna Munro, guest co-editors, special issue on “Thinking Queer Activism Transnationally.” The Scholar & Feminist Online (Barnard Center for Research on Women). 14.2 (2017). click here

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Suja Sawafta 

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Oriental Studies - Modern Arabic Literature, University of Oxford
M.A. Franco-Arab Studies, University of North Carolina
B.A. International Studies and French, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Curriculum vitae

Bio: 

Suja Sawafta is Assistant Professor of Arabic Studies in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Miami. Her research focuses on exile and ecocriticism at the Franco-Arab intersection. She is currently working on her first book project which examines the impact of exile, intellectual commitment, and political dissent in the works of the formative Saudi-Iraqi novelist Abdulrahman Munif. She teaches interdisciplinary content courses on literature and cinema as well as Arabic and French language.

Research Interests:

Arabic and Mediterranean Studies | French and Francophone Studies | Global and Transnational Indigeneity | Exile and Migration | Environmental Humanities| Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies | Orientalism | 19th Century |  20th-21st Century

Recent Publication:

 “Cinephelic Life-Writing In An Iraqi in Paris,” co-written with Samhita Sunya, in Print Plus cluster on Global South Cinephilias, Modernism/modernity (In Press)

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
Curriculum vitae
Bio: 

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:

Urban Ecology and Intervention in the 21st Century Americas: Verticality, Catastrophe, and the Mediated City (New York: Routledge, 2021).

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
Curriculum vitae
Bio: 

Ómar Vargas is Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures at the University of Miami. He completed his Ph. D. in Spanish American Literature at the University of Texas at Austin and his undergraduate studies in mathematics at Universidad Nacional de Colombia. His research interests focus on the relationships between scientific discoveries and developments and the narrative fiction of Latin America and the Caribbean in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, particularly in the cases of authors such as José Lezama Lima, Jorge Luis Borges, Salvador Elizondo, and Gabriel García Márquez. He is the autor of Cantidades hechizadas y silogísticas del sobresalto: la secreta ciencia de José Lezama Lima (2021). He is currently exploring the transition of the scientist to a writer in the case of Argentine author Ernesto Sabato. He has published in the journals Neophilologus, Symposyum, Ciberletras, Latin American Research Review, Latin American Literary Review, The Borges Center, Revista Revolución y Cultura, Nueva Revista del Pacífico and La Habana elegante.

Research Interests:

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

Recent Publication:

Cantidades hechizadas y silogísticas del sobresalto. La secreta ciencia de José Lezama Lima. Purdue University Press as Volume 82 of the Purdue Studies in Romance Literatures series, August 15, 2021.


George A Yudice

Professor 

Ph.D. Romance Languages, Princeton University
M.A. Latin America Literature, University of Illinois
B.A. Spanish/ Chemistry, Hunter College
Curriculum vitae
Bio: 

George Yúdice was born in New York City and double-majored in Art (Studio and History) and Literature at Hunter College (1970), subsequently getting an M.A. in Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana (1971) and a PhD in Romance Languages at Princeton University (1977). He is the author of six books as well as three edited books and journal issues and over 150 peer-reviewed articles ranging from Art, Literary, Cultural, Cultural Policy and Music Studies, Critical Theory. He is currently completing a book on aesthetics outside the framework of art and museological institutions. He also teaches courses on film and urban studies (in particular, Miami and Rio de Janeiro), and the impact of digitality, the Internet and social networks on aesthetics. His work has been published in Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese and Farsi. In the US he has taught at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center, Fordham University, Emory University, New York University as well as UM.  He received 4 Fulbright Senior Fellowships to teach in Venezuela (1982), Costa Rica (2006-2007), Colombia (2013) and Brazil (2016). Additionally, he has taught at in Argentina, Mexico and Spain. He is inspired to work on his terrace as hummingbirds savor the nectar of azahares on citrus trees. 

Research Interests:

Aesthetics | Critical Theory | Cultural policy | Globalization and transnational processes | New Technologies | 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:

“Towards a New Institutional Paradigm” (Atlántica. Journal of Art and Thought. 2018)

“The challenges of the new media scene for public policies.” (The Routledge Companion to Global Cultural Policy. Oxford, UK: Routledge. 2017)

 

Lecturers 

 

Eugenio A. Angulo

Senior Lecturer 

Ph.D. Spanish, Florida International University

Bio: 

Eugenio A. Angulo teaches Spanish language courses. Specialist in 20th century Spanish American poetry, he has published the books Dudas del idioma español (Miami, Editorial América, 1987), Voces que dictan (Madrid, Betania, 2003), Reinvenciones(Madrid, Betania, 2014), and the essay Jardín: Poética subversiva de Dulce María Loynaz (2020). 

Research Interests:

20th century Spanish American poetry | 20th century Spanish American women’s poetry | Feminist literary studies 

 

Sonia Behar

Lecturer 

Ph.D. Spanish, Florida International University
M.A. Linguistics, Florida International University 
Bio: 

 

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Antonella Cassia 

Lecturer

Joint Ph.D. Transcultural German Studies and Near Eastern Studies, University of Arizona/Universität Leipzig

M.A. Foreign Languages and Literature, University of Roma Tre

Bio: 

Antonella Cassia is a Lecturer of German, French and Italian. She was born in New York City and raised in Rome, Italy. After living and studying in Germany, Austria and in the Middle East for a few years, she moved back to the US where she graduated with a PhD in Transcultural German Studies and Near Eastern Studies from the University of Arizona. Her dissertation "Saudi Arabia in the German Imagination: Identity, Space and Representation" explored representations of Saudi Arabia in travel literature, pilgrimage accounts of German converts to Islam and the blogs of German expatriates. Before coming to the University of Miami, Antonella has taught at the University of Minnesota, University of Arizona, University of Leipzig and at a number of Community Colleges and Cultural Centers in the US and overseas. Besides teaching, Antonella has an extensive experience as simultaneous and consecutive interpreter, translator, fundraising manager at the Institute for International Relations with the Countries of Africa, Latin America, Middle and Far East, and as  a researcher and coordinator of the Euro-Arab press review broadcasted by the Italian Channel Rai News 24. In addition to German, French and Italian, Antonella speaks Arabic, Swedish, Spanish, and Turkish. She is currently learning Mandarin Chinese.  In her free time she enjoys volunteering in the US Coast Guard and acting.

Research Interests:

Cultural relations between Germany and the Middle East | Representation of the Middle East in the German speaking literature and media | Travel Literature | Popular Culture in the German speaking world | German-Turkish Transnational Cinema | Minority Discourse | Postcolonial Studies | Gender Studies | Islam in the European media | Cyber-Islamic Environments and Muslim Public Sphere | Blogosphere, personal pages, and social network sites among Muslim immigrants living in Germany |  Migration and Diaspora Studies | Inter-religious Dialogue | Conversion to Islam

Etsuko Takahashi Collins

Senior Lecturer 

Ph.D. Instruction and Learning, University of Pittsburg

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Etsuko Takahashi Collins (she goes by “Takahashi sensee”) is a Senior Lecturer of Japanese at the University of Miami. She teaches all levels of Japanese: Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced and Business Japanese. She loves thinking about new ways to facilitate communicative activities she can use in class. Her research interests include second language reading and vocabulary development.  

Research Interests:

Second Language Reading | Vocabulary Development

Leila Martins DaCosta

Senior Lecturer

Ph.D. Virtual Language Learning and Teletandem, Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) São Paulo, Brazil  
M.A. First Language Acquisition, Michigan State University
M.A. Linguistics, Florida International University
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Leila had a master's degree from Michigan State University with a concentration on First Language Acquisition. a master's degree on Second and Foreign Language Learning from Florida International University and a PHd on Applied Linguistics, Second Language Learning with a concentration on Telecollaboration from UNESP São Paulo Brazil. PHd Thesis : (Gender and Cultural identities in language learning through Telecollaboration)

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Portuguese to Spanish speakers | Literature, cultural identities, gender discourses observed in the process of language learning through telecollaboration

Mojca Del Fabbro

Senior Lecturer

Ph.D. Linguistics, University of Ca'Foscari

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Ofelia D. Delgado

Senior Lecturer

M.S. Education, University of Houston, Clear Lake
M.A. Art in Spanish, Louisiana State University

 

Lorella Di Gregorio

Lecturer

Ph.D. Literary, Cultural, and Linguistic Studies, University of Miami


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Lorella Di Gregorio holds a Ph.D. (with distinction) in Literary, Cultural, and Linguistic Studies​​ at the University of Miami where, at the present, she teaches Spanish for both L2 students and Heritage Learners as well as Italian. She also conducts her research on 20th and 21st century Mexican and Southern Italian cultural production related with migration and organized crime, and has been awarded with numerous research and travel grants. Her dissertation obtained the Honorable Mentions of the 2020 Barrett Prize - The University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas, and of the 2020 David John Ruggiero Dissertation Award - Center for the Humanities at the University of Miami. It has also resulted in the article (from part of chapter two) “Exvoto: Folk, Outsider, Transnational. Debating Definitions,” recentely published by Studies in Latin American Popular Culture - University of Texas Press.
Art, music and literature have always been the focus of both her intellectual and pedagogical interests. This passion for the fine arts and popular cultural production has undergirded Lorella’s entire educational career, having earned a BA in Modern Literature (with a thesis in Music History), her first MA (summa cum laude) in Art History at the renowned University of Bologna (Italy), and her second MA (with distinction) in Spanish at Texas State University (USA) with a thesis in Linguistics. In Italy, she cultivates her interest in public programming in the arts: she collaborates with “AmiCa", a non-profit organization that brings artists, musicians and scholars together from all over the world, offering free concerts, locally organized exhibitions, book presentations, and public humanities lectures around the broad theme of music.



Research Interests:

Cultural Studies, Migration Studies, Ideologies of Language, Sociolinguistics | Transnational Studies, Global Studies, New Media Studies | Comparative Cultural and Linguistic Studies between Latin America, Iberian Peninsula and Southern Italy | Contemporary Art, Psychology of Art, Art Brut, Outsider Art, Folk Art. 

Loredana M DiStravolo

Senior Lecturer 

Ph.D. Spanish Literature, University of Maryland

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Kevin Finn

Senior Lecturer

Ph.D. Romance Studies with a concentration in French, University of Miami

M.A. French, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
B.A. French, Swansea University
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Kevin Finn is a senior lecturer and Director of the French Basic Language Program. His Master's thesis focused on the use of comedy in Alexandre Dumas’ Les trois Mousquetaires, and his doctoral dissertation examined questions of identity in contemporary Quebecois immigrant literature. 


Research Interests:

National and post-national identity | Postcolonial Studies | Literature of Francophone Canada 

Delia Pamela Fuentes Korban


Lecturer

Ph.D.  Romance Studies: Spanish, University of Miami 
M.A. Comparative Literature, Florida Atlantic University
B.F.A. Studio Art, Photography, Florida Atlantic University
B.A.  Italian Studies, Florida Atlantic University

Bio: 

Delia Pamela Fuentes Korban teaches Spanish and Italian Languages at all levels as well as Latin American literature.  She specializes in contemporary Argentine popular  music, literature and culture; memory studies; truth and reconciliation committees and their socio-cultural ramifications.  

She is an awardee and curator of an Andrew W. Mellon CREATE Grant for The Argentine Diaspora Oral History Project, which will be housed under the UM Libraries’ Oral Histories Collection and made available through its website. Her project aims to make an underrepresented community visible by recording the migration histories of Argentine and Argentine Americans who have made South Florida their home.  

One of her favorite places to conduct research, specially during the Argentine winter, is the Biblioteca Nacional Mariano Moreno in Buenos Aires.


 
Research Interests:

Latin American Literature, Film and Cultural Studies | Memory studies, Oral History, Urbanity, and Visual Culture | Popular Music and Memory, History and Digital Media | Contemporary Argentine Literature, History, and Cultural Production 

Ernesto Fundora

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Einat Cohen-Nissan Glen

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Elisabeth Juetten

Lecturer 

Ph.D. Modern German Literature, RWTH Aachen University
M.A. German Literature, Biology, RWTH Aachen University
B.A. German Literature, Biology, Pedagogy, RWTH Aachen University

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Elisabeth Juetten is currently Lecturer of German and Coordinator of the German program. She teaches German at all levels. The beginner and intermediate courses are designed to provide students with the language tools and comprehension strategies necessary to carry out advanced work in German and German Studies. The advanced courses engage students in the analysis and interpretation of themes and issues present in literature, film, and other cultural products from the German-speaking world. Whilst her interdisciplinary research interest more recently focuses on Ecocriticism, her first monograph analyzed the phenomena of justice in the work of Jakob Wassermann.

 

Research Interests:

Environmental Humanities | German Jewish Literature | Gender Studies, Ethics and Literature | Literary Theory

 

Recent Publication: 

“From Dead Letters to Living Writing. The Aesthetic of Life in Novalis Heinrich von Ofterdingen.” In: From Ego to Eco. Brill Rodopi 2018, S. 76-96.

Elisabeth Llaveria-Powell

Senior Lecturer 

Ph.D. Florida International University

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Lilianne Lugo Herrera 

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Cherol Marcelin 

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Nadia Naami

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Maria G Pardo 

Senior Lecturer

Ph.D. Romance Studies-Spanish, University of Miami

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María Gracia Pardo has taught courses on Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American literature and culture. She has a bachelor’s degree (cum laude) in Communications (UCAB) and a master’s degree in Latin American Literature (USB) in Venezuela. After obtaining her PhD from the University of Miami with a study devoted to children’s literature and childhood studies, she received the Barrett Award for Best Dissertation on Latin America (2014). She has published articles and presented papers on the tropes used to represent childhood in film, literature and political thought.  Returning to her background in media studies, she is currently researching the paradox of nonfiction, or the ways in which misinformation and mistrust tend to spread precisely through the media and genres purported to be factful. This interest led to an ongoing project on the relationship between illiberal discourses, democratic backsliding, and erosion of the archive.  She is one of the four founding members of Colaboratorio Ávila, a transatlantic translation workshop that aims to disseminate Venezuelan voices and idiomatic expressions. Some of their translations have appeared in Latin American Literature Today. The group is now working collectively on an anthology of short stories by Venezuelan writer Krina Ber. 


Research Interests:

Childhood Studies | Children’s Literature | Media Studies | Translation | Venezuela | Brazil

Dabney Park

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Rachida Salama Primov 

Senior Lecturer

Ph.D. Université de Provence (Aix-Marseille I)

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Catalina Quesada Gomez

Senior Lecturer

Ph.D. Latin American Studies, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain 
M.A. Latin American Studies, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain
B.A. Spanish (Filología hispánica), Universidad de Sevilla, Spain
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Catalina Quesada-Gómez teaches Spanish and Latin American literature and culture at the University of Miami. She holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Spanish American Literature from the University of Seville in Spain. She has taught at several universities in Spain, France, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Colombia, and Nicaragua. She has also been a visiting researcher at universities in Colombia, Chile, Nicaragua, Spain, France, and the United States. Professor Quesada-Gómez is the author of La metanovela hispanoamericana en el último tercio del siglo XX (2009), Literatura y globalización: la narrativa hispanoamericana en el siglo XXI (espacio, tiempo, géneros) (2014), and more than fifty articles. She was the guest editor of “Cultura y globalización en Hispanoamérica” (2014), a special issue of Pasavento: Revista de Estudios Hispánicos. She is the coeditor of Cámara de eco. Homenaje a Severo Sarduy (2018) and El libro y la vida. Ensayos críticos sobre la obra de Héctor Abad Faciolince (2019). During the academic year 2021-2022, she will be an Engaged Faculty Fellow at the University of Miami. She loves libraries and one of her favorite places in the world to do research is the National Library of France, where she used to spend many hours while living in Paris.


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20th and 21st Century Latin American Literature and Culture | Postcolonial Studies | Globalization and Cultural Production | Digital Humanities | Caribbean Studies | Colombian and Mexican Studies | Neobaroque and Cuban Studies | Film Studies | Spanish American Colonial Literature | Metafiction | Critical Race Theory | Suicide in Literature

Rosario Catalina Ramirez

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Maidelin Rodriguez

Senior Lecturer

Ph.D. Romance Studies, University of Miami

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Alberto Sarrain

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Tiffany Shinbach

Lecturer

A.B.D. University of California, Davis 
M.A. University of California, Irvine
B.A. University of Miami 
 

Yamicela Torres Mollinedo

Lecturer

M.A. Spanish, Florida International University
M.A. Teaching Spanish, ISP Félix Varela, Cuba
B.A. Spanish, ISP Félix Varela, Cuba 

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Yamicela Torres Mollinedo has experience as a Spanish teacher in Cuba, Brazil, and the United States. She has also worked as an editor and has published several books of poetry. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Spanish at Florida International University.

Research Interests:

Latin American Literature | Brazilian Literature and Culture | Transatlactic Studies | Comparative Studies | Women | Exile and migration | Language learning

Cecilia Vazquez

Senior Lecturer

Spanish, New Mexico State University 

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Eiko I. Williams

Senior Lecturer

M.A. Spanish, Middlebury College 
B.A. Spanish Philology, Osaka University of Foreign Studies

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Eiko Williams is a Senior Lecturer of Japanese and Spanish. She teaches the elementary and intermediate levels of Spanish and Japanese and conducts a faculty-led summer program in Miyazaki, Japan. She loves to motivate and help her students with their journey of language learning. Her interest is to use Can-do statements as one of the most effective tools for communication and intercultural competence.

Mari Williams

Senior Lecturer

A.B.D Romance Studies - French, University of Miami 
M.A. Romance Studies - French, University of Miami
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Mari Williams is a senior lecturer of Japanese and French. She worked as an actress in Japanese theater and television, and her research focuses on the language acquisition through acting in the target language. Biannually, she offers a course named ‘Advanced Conversation through Japanese Theatrical Texts,’ where students write scripts and act them out in different social settings to better understand the language environment. Currently, she is working on the translation and modification of a Japanese book to English, which portrays the Japanese mentality expressed through idiomatic language.

Xiaolei Zhang

Senior Lecturer

M.A. in Chinese, University of Massachusetts-Amherst  
M.S. in Education, Florida State University  
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Xiaolei Zhang is a senior lecturer of Chinese at University of Miami. Her work focuses specifically on second language acquisition and curriculum design.