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Spanish & Portuguese at the University of California, Berkeley

Welcome to the web resource of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California, Berkeley. Our department is a medium-sized one, big enough to offer a wide variety of approaches to teaching and research yet small enough to afford students at both the graduate and undergraduate level personal attention and mentoring. We offer an abundance of opportunities to learn and achieve mastery of the languages and cultures we study, which include Catalan, Nahuatl, Portuguese, Romance Studies and Spanish. Our programs are specially designed for highly motivated students with a passion for other languages, literatures and cultures, for imaginative approaches to these and for careful crossing of traditionally defined geographic, linguistic and disciplinary borders.

Several of our faculty are formally involved with or are active in other departments or academic units on campus—for example, Comparative Literature, Digital Humanities, Film and Media, Gender & Women’s Studies, Linguistics, Near Eastern Studies, Rhetoric, the Portuguese Studies Program, the Spanish Studies Program, the Catalan and Occitan Studies Program, the Center for Latin American Studies and Renaissance and Early Modern Studies.

Upcoming Events


Lucero is ready!

On behalf of Lucero’s Editorial Board, we are happy to present the 25th volume of our departmental journal. This interdisciplinary volume’s central theme is performance and resistance. Works range from the construction of masculinity in dance practices in the Andean region to the performative opposition to tourism in Barcelona. Of the eight accepted submissions, six fall under diverse academic disciplines and two are creative works.

We invite you to read and share these works with colleagues. Please, follow the link to our journal’s eScholarship website.

Lucero’s Editorial Board

Congratulations to Elena Fernández!

The department sends warm congratulations to Elena Fernández on the publication of her first book, Raza y nación. Estereotipos nacionales extranjeros y peninsulares en España (1750-1833). Elena received her PhD in 2019 under the direction of Professor Iarocci, and she is currently a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Technical University of Munich.  ¡Felicidades Elena!
Raza y nación. Estereotipos nacionales extranjeros y peninsulares en España (1750-1833) explora la transición que tuvo lugar durante el siglo dieciocho, desde la figura del rey como representante simbólico de la nación hasta la recién creada categoría de ciudadano como la nueva metáfora nacional a lo largo de todo el mundo occidental. Situado en una intersección entre historia intelectual, estudios culturales, e historia de las ideas, este libro dialogará con los estudios especializados en los siglos XVIII y XIX sobre España, el mundo Atlántico, la modernidad y la historia de los derechos civiles. Así mismo, aportará nuevas perspectivas en el ámbito de los estudios culturales hispánicos, francófonos, y anglófonos.

Congratulations, Mónica González García!

Lanzamiento virtual del libro de Rubén Darío y la modernidad en América Latina.

On Friday, July the 3rd, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso’s Colección Dársena will launch Rubén Darío y la modernidad en América Latina. Transitoriedad, comodificación, colonialidad, a collaborative book edited by UCB alum, Professor Mónica González García. (more…)