Faculty

Emilie Bergmann

Professor of Spanish (Ph. D., Johns Hopkins University, 1974). Her research and teaching focus on questions of gender and sexuality, and on visual culture in early modern Spanish and Colonial Latin American literature. She is co-editor of ¿Entiendes? Queer Readings, Hispanic Writings (Duke UP, 1995) and Approaches to Teaching the Works of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (MLA, 2007). Her work in gender studies includes twentieth-century women writers in Castilian and Catalan. Poetic sonorities in Don Quixote and in the poetry of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, and representations of motherhood have been the focus of her most recent work.  » read more »

Natalia Brizuela

Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Latin American Literature & Culture. Her work focuses on photography, film and contemporary art, critical theory and aesthetics of both Spanish America and Brazil. She is the author of two books on photography. The first, Fotografia e Imperio. Paisagens para um Brasil Moderno (Cia das Letras, 2012) is a study of 19th Century photography in Brasil in its relationship to modern state formation, nationalism, modernization and race. » read more »

Anthony Cascardi

Ph. D., Harvard University, 1980. (Professor) Cervantes and theatre; the Spanish Baroque; the modern novel and theory of the novel; philosophy and literature; Goya; literary theory; aesthetics.

Justin Davidson

Assistant Professor of Spanish and Romance Linguistics

Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2015. Spanish Linguistics, Romance linguistics, SLATE (Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education).

Research Expertise and Interest

Sociolinguistics, contact linguistics and language contact, language variation and change, Romance linguistics, quantitative methods (statistics, variable rule analyses for sociolinguistics, and computer software for statistics), sociohistorical linguistics, sociophonetics, bilingualism, Catalan, Spanish, dialectal diversification, foreign language pedagogy. » read more »

Ivonne del Valle

Associate Professor of Colonial Studies. She received her Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley in 2004, and before returning to the Bay Area in 2009, she taught at the University of Michigan. Her research and teaching make connections between the past and the present which try to show the relevance of the colonial period for an understanding of contemporary times. She was co-director of the Berkeley research group » read more »

Daylet Dominguez

Daylet Domínguez (Ph.D., Princeton University) is an Assistant Professor of Latin America and Caribbean literatures and cultures. Her work focuses on modern travel cultures and costumbrismo; visuality and writing; empire, nation and revolution; and slavery. She is currently completing her fist book project, which studies the interplay of literature and science in nineteenth-century Hispanic Caribbean. It particularly emphasizes how the traditions of travel literatures and costumbrismo were important to the establishment of ethnography as a practice and a modern discourse in the Hispanic Caribbean. Her second book project will study the ways in which the Caribbean has been imagined, produced and interpreted as a natural and geographical landscape in the modern and contemporary culture.

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Michael Iarocci

Professor of Modern Spanish Literature and Culture (18th-21st centuries). Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania. Comparative and Transatlantic Hispanic studies. Literature and geopolitics. Aesthetics and ideology. Visual culture. Author of two books: Enrique Gil y la genalogía de la lírica moderna (Juan de la Cuesta, 1999), and Properties of Modernity: Romantic Spain, Modern Europe and the Legacies of Empire (Vanderbildt University Press, 2006).    » read more »

Francine Masiello

Francine Masiello holds the Sidney and Margaret Ancker Chair of Spanish and Comparative Literature. At Berkeley, where she has spent most of her career, she has extended a teaching and research arc covering Latin American literatures and comparative North/South cultures of the Americas from the 19th through the 21st centuries. Her work has focused on the relationship between politics and literature, culture under dictatorship and the transition to democracy, and, more recently, the global south as a problem for literature and philosophy, but her real passions show through in her seminars on » read more »

Ignacio Navarrete

Department Chair, Professor of Spanish Golden Age Literature, especially poetry, poetics, and historiography; Literary Theory. Ph. D., Indiana University, 1985.  His research has focused on Italo-Iberian cultural relations, and on a series of phenomena (Petrarchism, courtiership, narrative theory) that can be seen as metalanguages of an early modern culture that cut across national boundaries. That said, he is also interested in specifically Iberian literary and cultural issues: lyric poetry and poetics (special attention to Garcilaso, Fray Luis de León, Herrera, and Góngora, and topics such as visualization, eroticism, metaphor); national identity and transnational empire (translation and transculturation); print culture and the rise of the novel (hagiography, historiography, verisimilitude theory); etc. He is particularly interested in all sorts of formalist approaches to both poetry and narrative.

Alexandra Saum-Pascual

Alex Saum

Alex Saum-Pascual is Assistant Professor of Spanish at UC Berkeley. In the Department of Spanish and Portuguese she teaches Contemporary Spanish Literature and Digital Cultures. She received her Ph.D in Spanish at the University of California, Riverside, and completed a Masters of Spanish and Foreign Language Pedagogy at the University of Delaware. » read more »

Candace Slater

Ph. D., Stanford University, 1975. (Professor) Research interests: Brazilian Literature and Culture; Latin American folk and popular traditions.

Estelle Tarica

Estelle Tarica (PhD Comparative Literature, Cornell, 2000) is Associate Professor of Latin American Literatures and Cultures in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and Chair of the Latin American Studies Program at UC Berkeley. She is the author of The Inner Life of Mestizo Nationalism (University of Minnesota Press, 2008), concerning the discourse of indigenismo and mestizaje in Mexico, Peru and Bolivia and focusing on the work of José María Arguedas, Rosario Castellanos and Jesús Lara. Her current book  » read more »