Amber Brian is Associate Professor of Latin American literary and cultural studies and Chair of the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at the University of Iowa. Her primary areas of research are colonialism and historiography, Indigenous intellectual history, and translation studies.
Camila Núñez-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.
Sofía Balbuena has a degree in Political Science from the Universidad de Buenos Aires, a MA in Literary Creation (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona), and a MA in Comparative Literature from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. She has worked as a bookseller, and a reader for publishing houses in Spain specializing in contemporary Latin American literature. Her book-length essay Doce pasos hacia mí was published in 2022 by the Argentina-based Vinilo.
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.
Oriette D'Angelo is a PhD Candidate in Spanish with a Graduate Certificate in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. She holds an MFA in Spanish Creative Writing from the University of Iowa and a masters in Digital Communications and Media Arts from DePaul University, Chicago. She is the founder and director of the literary magazine Digo.palabra.txt. Author of the poetry books En mi boca se abrirá la noche (Libero Editorial, 2023); Pájaro que muerde. Diario de Iowa, 2018-2019 (LP5 Editora, 2022); Inquietud (Digo.palabra.txt, 2021); and Cardiopatías (Monte Ávila Editores, 2016), which obtained the Premio para Obras de Autores Inéditos. She also compiled the book Amanecimos sobre la palabra (Team Poetero Ediciones, 2017) about young Venezuelan poets. In 2022, she was awarded with the Stephen Lynn Smith Memorial Scholarship for Social Justice granted by the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. Her research focuses on the representations of political and personal trauma in contemporary Chilean literature.
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.
Course Management for Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Department of Linguistics, Department of German, Latin American Studies Program, and International Studies Program
Graduate Coordinator for Spanish, Spanish Creative Writing, and Linguistics
Ana E. Fernández Bravo has been teaching at the University of Iowa for more than 20 years. Her current on-campus classes include Spanish Language Skills: Speaking and the course she created, Medical Spanish in Contemporary Society. Ana is also the organizer of the series “Talks About Medicine in Spanish” and the conversation event “Cafecito Cervantes.” In 2021, she received the CLAS Collegiate Teaching Award.
Denise K. Filios is an Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Iowa. She enjoys teaching courses about such topics as Fitness cultures in Spain, the Music of the Hispanic world, and medieval Iberian literature and culture. She is the author of Performing Women in the Middle Ages: Sex, Gender, and the Iberian Lyric. Her current research studies the Camino de Santiago and other medieval-based long-distance walking routes and cultural itineraries in Spain.
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 senior academic advisor for the Division of World Literatures, Languages, and Cultures (including all world languages, International Studies, linguistics, and translation) 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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