Meet Your Professors

 

Susanna Torrent

Susanna Alles Torrent 

Assistant 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

Curriculum vitae
Bio: 

Susanna Allés-Torrent is Assistant Professor of Medieval Iberian Studies and Digital Humanities (DH). 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 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.  

Research Interests: 

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

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

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 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

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

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

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, 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

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:

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

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: 

 

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

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 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

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; 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

Associate 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

Curriculum vitae
Bio: 

Alexandra Perisic specializes in contemporary Francophone literature of Sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean, literatures of the Black Atlantic, and theories of globalization. Her first manuscript, Precarious Crossings: Immigration, Neoliberalism, and the Atlantic, offers an account of a multilingual Atlantic under neoliberalism. More specifically, Precarious Crossings examines how contemporary authors from the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America have reconceptualized the Atlantic from a triangular space into a multipolar one, introducing new destinations for contemporary immigrants and establishing new Atlantic connections. She teaches courses on topics as diverse as Diversity and multiculturalism à la française and Immigration and cultural production in the Caribbean.  

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:

Alexandra Perisic, Precarious Crossings: Immigration, Neoliberalism, and the Atlantic. Ohio Sate University Press, 2019.

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:

Guest-Editor, “The Arabic Poetry Issue: Revolution & Rebellion,” Guest-Editor, The International Poetry Review. (Forthcoming) 

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:

“The End is Near: Jarret Kobek’s I Hate the Internet and the Catastrophe of the Present,” Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, December, 2019.

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 Colombian and has formation in mathematics and literary studies. His research focuses on the relationships between scientific discoveries and developments and the narrative fiction of Latin America and the Caribbean in 20th and 21st centuries, particularly in the cases of authors such as José Lezama Lima, Jorge Luis Borges, Salvador Elizondo and Gabriel García Márquez. His current research explores the transition of the scientist to a writer in the case of Argentine author Ernesto Sabato. 

Research Interests:

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

Recent Publication:

“The Physicist and His Ghosts: The Scientific Writing of Ernesto Sabato.” Journal Ciberletras, Number 44, August 2020, pp. 66-85. (link to publication)


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

Curriculum vitae
Bio: 

 

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)

 

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 

Mabel Basterrechea

Lecturer 

Bio: 

 

Research Interests:

 

Sonia Behar

Lecturer 

Ph.D. Spanish, Florida International University

M.A. Linguistics, Florida International University 

Bio: 

 

Research Interests:

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

Lecturer 

Ph.D. Instruction and Learning, University of Pittsburg

Bio: 

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

Bio: 

Leila Dacosta is lecturer in Portuguese and Spanish. She has a master's degree in Linguistics with a concentration on First Language acquisition (Michigan State University) and a Master's also in Linguistics from Florida International University with a concentration on Second Language Acquisition. Leila Dacosta got her PhD from the Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) São Paulo , Brazil, on virtual language Learning and Teletandem. Her interests are the interconnections of language and language learning with gender and transcultural aspects.

Research Interests:

Interconnections of Language | Language Learning with Gender and Transcultural Aspects

Mojca Del Fabbro

Lecturer

Ph.D. Linguistics, University of Ca'Foscari

Bio: 
 

Research Interests:

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


Bio: 
 

Research Interests:

 

Loredana M DiStravolo

Senior Lecturer 

Ph.D. Spanish Literature, University of Maryland

Bio: 
 

Research Interests:

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

Bio: 

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


Bio: 
 

Research Interests:

 

Einat Cohen-Nissan Glen

Lecturer

Bio: 

 

Research Interests:

Lina Jardines del Cueto

Lecturer

Bio: 

 

Research Interests:

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

Bio: 

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

Bio: 
 

Research Interests:

Cherol Marcelin 

Lecturer

Bio: 
 

Research Interests:

Nadia Naami

Lecturer

Bio: 
 

Research Interests:

Maria G Pardo 

Lecturer

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

Bio: 
 

Research Interests:

Dabney Park

Lecturer


Bio: 
 


Research Interests:

Rachida Salama Primov 

Senior Lecturer

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

Bio: 
 

Research Interests:

Catalina Quesada Gomez

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

Bio: 

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.


Research Interests:

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

Maidelin Rodriguez

Lecturer

Ph.D. Romance Studies, University of Miami

Bio: 

 

Research Interests:

Alberto Sarrain

Lecturer



Bio: 
 


Research Interests:

 

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 

Bio:  

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 

Bio: 
Research Interests:

Eiko I. Williams

Senior Lecturer

M.A. Spanish, Middlebury College 

B.A. Spanish Philology, Osaka University of Foreign Studies


Bio: 

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

Xiaolei Zhang

Senior Lecturer

M.A. in Chinese, University of Massachusetts-Amherst  

M.S. in Education, Florida State University  

Bio:  

Xiaolei Zhang is a senior lecturer of Chinese at University of Miami. Her work focuses specifically on second language acquisition and curriculum design.