Amelia Barili

Dr. Amelia Barili holds a PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures from the University of California at Berkeley. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Spanish and Portuguese Department and taught previously at the Spanish Department at UC Davis. She has been distinguished with many awards and honors such as the UCB Chancellor’s Award for Public Service, a Fulbright Scholarship, the East Bay Sanctuary Distinguished Partnership award, the Chancellor’s Community Partnership Grant, three UC Berkeley Language Center Fellowships, several Teaching Lecturer Fellowships and Professional Development Grants, a Global Urban Humanities Fellowship and, most recently, a Creative Discovery Grant. » read more »

Natalia Brizuela

  • Professor

  • 5216 Dwinelle Hall
  • Thursdays 3-5 online (send email to brizuela@berkeley.edu for zoom link)
  • brizuela@berkeley.edu

Professor of Spanish & Portuguese and Film & Media. 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 Império. 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 »

Jhonni Carr

  • Lecturer of Spanish Linguistics

  • 5222 Dwinelle Hall
  • Office hours: T, Th 3:30-4:30 pm
  • jhonni@berkeley.edu

Lecturer of Hispanic Linguistics


Dr. Jhonni Carr holds a PhD in Hispanic Linguistics from the University of California, Los Angeles. She currently teaches in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at the University of California, Berkeley and was previously a Visiting Assistant Professor at UCLA. Specializing in Hispanic Sociolinguistics, she investigates the power dynamics of languages in contact in the public space of Southern California and Mexico. In her work, she uses interdisciplinary methods to explore these areas’ signage (i.e. linguistic landscape) and residents’ attitudes toward the presence and absence of different languages. She has published articles related to language solidarity and attitudes with respect to varying pronunciations of Spanish and English and the intersection between Hispanic culture in the U.S. and Food Studies.

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Anthony Cascardi

Anthony J. Cascardi (B.A., Princeton University; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University), works on literature and philosophy, aesthetic theory, and early modern literature, with an emphasis on Spanish, English, and French. He teaches courses on Cervantes, literature and philosophy, aesthetic theory and the early modern period, and has served for a decade as Berkeley’s Dean of Arts and Humanities. He holds joint appointments in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Department of Rhetoric.  Most recently he published Cervantes, Literature, and the Discourse of Politics, and The Cambridge Introduction to Literature and Philosophy.  His forthcoming book, entitled, Francisco de Goya: The Art of Critique, will be published by Zone.

Justin Davidson

Associate 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 “Mexico and the Rule of Law.”  » read more »

Daylet Domínguez

Daylet Domínguez (Ph.D., Princeton University) is an Associate Professor of Caribbean and Latin American literatures and cultures. Her work focuses on modern travel cultures and costumbrismo; empire, nation and revolution; slavery, race and colonialism, among other topics. Her first book, Ficciones etnográficas, studies the interplay of literature and science in nineteenth-century Hispanic Caribbean. It particularly emphasizes the importance of literature for the establishment of the social sciences in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Cuba. She is also the co-editor of a special issue entitled Slavery, Mobility and Networks in nineteenth-century Cuba in the journal of Atlantic Studies (2021). Her second book project studies 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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Clelia Donovan

Director of the Portuguese Language Program

Miriam Hernandez Rodriguez

Director of the Spanish Language Program

Michael Iarocci

Department Chair, 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 »

Tom McEnaney

  • Associate Professor

  • 4327 Dwinelle Hall
  • OH: Make appointment by email
  • tmc@berkeley.edu

***On leave from June 2021 through August 2022***

Associate Professor of Latin American and Caribbean Literature and Culture. He holds a joint appointment in the Department of Comparative Literature and serves on the Executive Committee of the Berkeley Center for New Media, and the Executive Board of UC Cuba.His work emphasizes the connections between Argentine, Cuban, and U.S. literature, the history of media and technology, sound studies, linguistic anthropology, computational (digital) humanities and new media studies. His work has been featured in Cultural Critique, La Habana Elegante, The Journal of Musicology, The New York Times, PMLARepresentations, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Sounding Out!, Variaciones Borges, and others. His book, Acoustic Properties: Radio, Narrative, and the New Neighborhood of the Americas (FlashPoints at Northwestern University Press, 2017) was shortlisted for the Modernist Studies First Book Prize and was the subject of a forum at Syndicate. » read more »

Nasser Meerkhan

Ph.D., Spanish Literature, University of Virginia (2017)
M.A., Hispanic Studies, Villanova University (2013)
B.A., Spanish Literature, Damascus University, Syria (2011)

Research Interests
Medieval & Early Modern Iberian literature
Women writers of Medieval Iberia and the Middle East
Historiography in Medieval Iberia
Semitic maqamat
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Ignacio Navarrete

Professor of Medieval and Early Modern Spanish literature, especially poetry, narrative, and poetics; literary theory. Ph. D., Indiana University, 1985.  I have just finished a book on narrative culture c. 1520, as reflected in the printing of narrative works, ranging from saints’ lives to the Celestina. The project thus triangulates the history of the book, narrative theory, and close reading. Earlier research 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, I also focused on 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). My next project focuses on Cervantes, verisimilitude theory, and the idea of “everyday life.”

Victoria Robertson

Alex Saum

Alex Saum-Pascual

Alex Saum-Pascual is Associate Professor of Spanish and New Media at UC Berkeley. In the Department of Spanish and Portuguese she teaches Contemporary Spanish Literature and Culture (20th and 21st Centuries) and Electronic Literature (Digital Humanities). She received her Ph.D in Hispanic Studies at the University of California, Riverside, and completed a Masters of Spanish and Foreign Language Pedagogy at the University of Delaware.
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Candace Slater

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

Donna Southard

Assistant Director of the Spanish Language Program

Estelle Tarica

  • Professor

  • 5214 Dwinelle Hall
  • OH Fall 2020: Tuesdays 11-12pm, Thursdays 4-5pm. Email me to receive a link to sign up for zoom office hour slots
  • etarica@berkeley.edu

Estelle Tarica (PhD Comparative Literature, Cornell, 2000) is Professor of Latin American Literatures and Cultures in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and a former 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 »

Nathaniel Wolfson

Nathaniel Wolfson is Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and Affiliated Faculty of the Program in Critical Theory. He specializes in 20th and 21st-century Brazilian literature, with a focus on poetry and poetics, media studies and critical theory. His research and teaching emphasize comparative approaches, including exchanges between Latin America, the Lusophone world, Europe and the United States; literary theory and criticism; language theory; visual art; the history of technology and media; and architecture and urban studies.

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