Amber Brian is Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese. She also directs the Latin American Studies Program. Her research and teaching focus on colonial Spanish America. Her publications address the movement of cultural knowledge and historical memory among native individuals and communities as well as between those communities and the dominant political sphere in colonial Mexico. She has published widely on don Fernando de Alva Ixtlilxochitl (ca. 1578-1650), a mestizo historian connected with the Indian city of Tetzcoco who is a seminal figure in the development of Mexican history.
Camila Nuñez-Bergsneider is a Historian with a master's in Art History. Her main interest is comics studies, focussing on comic books or graphic novels that propose an alternative approach to History, Memory and the construction of individual and collective identities. Currently she's a T.A. at the Spanish and Portuguese Department and a Spanish Literatures PhD Student.
Horacio Castellanos Moya is a writer and a journalist from El Salvador. For two decades he worked as editor of news agencies, magazines and newspapers in Mexico, Guatemala and his own country. As a fiction writer, he was granted residencies in a program supported by the Frankfurt International Book Fair (2004-2006) and in the City of Asylum program in Pittsburgh (2006-2008). He has also taught in the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh. In 2009, he was guest researcher at the University of Tokyo with a fellowship granted by the Japan Foundation.
George DeMello is Professor Emeritus of Spanish at the University of Iowa. A dialectologist with a primary interest in contemporary Spanish American syntax, his principle area of research involves describing certain syntactical areas as they function throughout the Spanish American world. His approach is corpus-based, and his primary corpus is the fifteen volumes of transcriptions of in-situ tape recordings produced by the Norma Culta Project.
Walter A. Dobrian is Associate Professor Emeritus in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Iowa, specializing in Spanish poetry 1700-present, 20th-century drama, and Spanish cinema as it relates to literature.
Ana E. Fernández was born and raised in Spain where she received a BA in English Philology. She has an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a second MA in Hispanic Literary Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She was Academic Dean of the English Summer Program at the Pontifical University of Comillas, Spain for 8 years and Chair of the Foreign Languages Department at Morgan Park Academy, Chicago for 2 years before joining the University of Iowa. Ana has been teaching at the University for more than 20 years.
Denise K. Filios is the Interim DEO of the Department of German, the DEO of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Iowa. Her teaching and research interests include medieval Spanish literature, women in literature, performance, and North African-Spanish cultural contacts from 711 to the present.
Roslyn M. Frank is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Iowa, specializing in Basque Studies, Cognitive Linguistics, European ethnography, ethnomathematics, ethno- & archaeo- astronomy, informational technologies & orality, ecocriticism, Spanish civilization & Culture and Spanish Women Writers.
Meredith Mahy Gall is the academic advisor for the Division of World Literatures, Languages, and Cultures (including all world languages, International Studies, linguistics, and translation) In addition, Meredith advises social work interest students and global health studies students.
Brian Gollnick works on modern Mexican and Latin American cultural history from a perspective broadly influenced by the thinking of Antonio Gramsci. He is particularly concerned with the interactions between cultures and with how cultural expression relates to social justice. These interests also influence his teaching, which aims to expose students to historical perspectives through objects of study including music, film, art, and literary texts. The study of literature forms part of a Liberal Arts education aimed at helping students find new interests and encouraging the skills and passions necessary for a life of sustained learning and development.
Becky Gonzalez is a linguist specializing in multilingual language acquisition. She works in the area of syntax, with a focus on argument structure, and is especially interested in the factors (linguistic and non-linguistic) that influence linguistic outcomes in different types of multilinguals. Her research combines theoretical and experimental approaches and she works predominantly with speakers of Spanish, Portuguese, and English.
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