Faculty

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

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 »

Jhonni Carr

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 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

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

Daylet Domínguez

Daylet Domínguez (Ph.D., Princeton University) is an Associate 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. Her first book, under contract by Iberoamericana and forthcoming in 2019, studies the interplay of literature and science in nineteenth-century Hispanic Caribbean. It particularly emphasizes the importance of literature (travel writing, costumbrista sketches and the realist novel) for the establishment of the social sciences in the insular Hispanic Caribbean. 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

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Associate Professor of Latin American and Caribbean Literature and Culture. 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. He has contributed articles to Cultural Critique, La Habana Elegante, The Oxford Handbook of Voice StudiesRepresentations, 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

Education
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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Louis Murillo

  • Prof. Emeritus

Ignacio Navarrete

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.

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

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 »

Nathaniel Wolfson

Nathaniel Wolfson (B.A., Brown; Ph.D., Princeton) is Assistant Professor of Brazilian and Latin American Literature and Culture and Affiliated Faculty of the Program in Critical Theory. His research concerns a range of topics, including avant-garde poetry and aesthetics, media studies,  literature and philosophy; comparative modernisms and the history of science and technology. He is interested in comparative approaches to literature and theory and has written on intersections between global media research and aesthetics, including essays on Latin American and German exchanges following the Second World War.

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