Research Faculty

Natalia Brizuela

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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 »

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 the nineteenth-century Hispanic Caribbean. It emphasizes the importance of literature for the establishment of the social sciences in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Cuba. Domínguez 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).

She is currently working on her second monograph, Caribbean Empire: Writing, Filibustering and Annexation in the Age of the Second Slavery, which focuses on the ways in which Cuban and southern U.S slaveholders turned to each other and imagined themselves as part of the same front, united by chattel bondage, in the decades preceding the U.S. Civil War. In particular, it studies how writers, travelers, and planters from both regions began to envision these new geopolitical cartographies through diplomacy, written press, and filibustering. Their commitment to the future of slavery enabled them to transcend colonial and national circuits and challenge existing geopolitical borders.

Domínguez is the 2022-23 Wilbur Marvin Scholar of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) at Harvard University for her current project

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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 »

Tom McEnaney

  • Associate Professor

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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, 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.”

Alex Saum-Pascual

Alex Saum-Pascual is a digital artist, poet, and professor. She is author of #Postweb! Crear con la máquina y en la red (Iberoamericana-Vervuert 2018) and numerous articles, special issues and book chapters on digital media and literature in the Spanish-speaking world, being featured in The Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, The Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, and Digital Humanities Quarterly, among others. Her digital artwork and poetry have been exhibited in galleries and art festivals internationally and have been studied in monographs such as Mujeres poetas del mundo digital (2020), and anthologized in the Electronic Literature Collection Vol. 4 (2022). Currently, she is Associate Professor of Contemporary Spanish Literature and New Media at the University of California, Berkeley. She is also part of the Executive Committee of the Berkeley Center for New Media, the advisory board of the Arts Research Center (Poetry and the Senses programs), and the board of directors of the Electronic Literature Organization » read more »

Candace Slater

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

Estelle Tarica

  • Department Chair, Professor

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Department Chair 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 teaches Brazilian literature and visual culture in a comparative mode: exchanges between the Lusophone world, Latin America, Europe, and the United States.  His teaching and research focus on literature, visual art, and philosophy, especially critical theory and media studies.

Wolfson teaches undergraduate courses on Brazilian culture and graduate courses on Brazil and Latin America. His teaching incorporates a wide range of materials and voices from canonical literature to popular culture.

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