Congratulations Ph.D. in RLL

Congratulations to the following student for completing the Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures this fall semester 2017.

Jenelle Thomas with a dissertation titled “Vous êtes hombre de bien”: A study of bilingual family letters to and from colonial Louisiana, 1748-1867

Congratulations – New Advanced Students

Congratulations are extended to Poema Quesado Valente  and Felix Treviño  for passing the Qualifying Examination in Hispanic Languages and Literatures this semester-fall 2017.



Congratulations to the following students for completing the Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures this fall semester 2017.

Jacqueline Bialostozky with a dissertation titled “Aesthetics of the Surface: Post-1960s Latin America Queer Rewritings of the Baroque”

Dexter Zavalza Hough-Snee with a dissertation titled “Alienation in the Andes: Labor and Cultural Disenfranchisement in Colonial Peru, 1570-1640”




Congress Targets Graduate Tuition Waivers

We note with great concern the proposal currently before the US Congress that aims to tax graduate students on tuition remissions.

According to the Chronicle of Higher Education:

Nationwide, about 55 percent of all graduate students had adjusted gross incomes of $20,000 or less… and nearly 87 percent reported incomes of $50,000 or less. At the same time, master’s-degree students received tuition waivers averaging nearly $11,000, and doctoral students got waivers averaging more than $13,600.

To raise taxes on this population would dramatically reduce the number of students who can afford higher education, and in the absence of additional funding it would especially disadvantage students who have historically been underrepresented within graduate programs in the US.

We stand firmly with the 30+ national learned societies that have called for opposition to the proposal.

Congratulations, Professor Bergmann!

Congratulations to Prof. Emilie Bergmann, on the publication of her volume (co-edited with Stacy Schlau): The Routledge Research Companion to the Works of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. (more…)

Message from Faculty – DACA

As faculty in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Berkeley, we are saddened and deeply troubled by the announcement that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, also known as the Dreamers Act, is scheduled to be suspended.

We echo UC President Janet Napolitano’s call for “Congress to immediately pass bipartisan legislation that would provide a permanent solution” for Dreamers by charting “a secure path toward citizenship,” and we applaud her commitment to maintaining structures of support for DACA students throughout the UC system.

We reaffirm our commitment to ensuring that the Department of Spanish and Portuguese will remain a welcoming place for all students in the months ahead, and we stand firmly with Dreamers, their families, and their friends during these difficult times.

New Faculty Member, Tom McEnaney

The department is very pleased to welcome Tom McEnaney as new member of the department.  Professor McEnaney comes to us from Cornell University as an advanced Assistant Professor. His research interests include the history of media and technology, Argentine, Cuban, and U.S. literature, sound studies, linguistic anthropology, computational (digital) humanities and new media studies. His new book, Acoustic Properties: Radio, Narrative, and the New Neighborhood of the Americas (FlashPoints at Northwestern University Press, 2017) investigates the co-evolution of radio and the novel in Argentina, Cuba, and the United States. Professor McEnaney will be teaching in the Departments of Spanish and Portuguese and Comparative Literature.

Achy Obejas, Writer-in-Residence for Spring 2017

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is pleased to welcome distinguished writer, translator and teacher Achy Obejas as our Writer-in-Residence for Spring 2017. She will be teaching a beginning workshop for translators, which will include critical readings, in-class exercises, peer critique and discussion. (more…)