People

Denise Filios

Denise Filios, Ph.D.

Title/Position
DEO, Spanish and Portuguese
Associate Professor
Phone
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.
 

Maria Jose Barbosa, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Professor Emeritus
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Amber Brian

Amber Brian, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor
Director, Latin American Studies Program
Phone
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.
Arturo Camacho

Arturo Camacho

Title/Position
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Arturo Camacho is a teaching assistant who is passionate about literature, Spanish, creative writing, fiction and pedagogy.
 

Diana Camberos

Title/Position
Graduate Teaching Assistant
MA in Spanish Student, Teaching Assistant in Spanish
Horacio Castellanos

Horacio Castellanos

Title/Position
Associate Professor
Phone
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.
Gillian Cochrane

Gillian Cochrane

Title/Position
Adjunct Instructor
Phone
 

Jose Covo

Title/Position
Graduate Teaching Assistant
PhD Student, Teaching Assistant in Spanish
 

Emerson Craig

Title/Position
Graduate Teaching Assistant
PhD Student, Teaching Assistant in Spanish
Roxanna Curto

Roxanna Curto, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor
DEO, French and Italian
Phone
Roxanna Curto is Chair of the Department of French and Italian and Associate Professor of French and Spanish at the University of Iowa.
 

Oriette D'Angelo

Title/Position
Graduate Teaching Assistant
PhD Student, Teaching Assistant in Spanish
Camila de Urioste Laborde

Camila de Urioste Laborde

Title/Position
Graduate Teaching Assistant
MFA in Spanish Creative Writing Student, Teaching Assistant in Spanish
 

George DeMello, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Professor Emeritus
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 Dobrian, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor Emeritus
Phone
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.
Lara Dopazo Ruibal

Lara Dopazo Ruibal

Title/Position
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Lara Dopazo Ruibal is a journalist and writer. She studies the MFA in creative writing
 

R. Thomas Douglass, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor Emeritus
 

Maria Duarte, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor Emeritus
Phone
Ana Fernandez

Ana Esther Fernández

Title/Position
Lecturer
Phone
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.
 

Roslyn Frank, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Professor Emeritus
Phone
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.
Brian Gollnick

Brian Gollnick, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor
Phone
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

Becky Gonzalez, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Assistant Professor
Honors Advisor
Director, Multilingual Syntax Lab
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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.
 

Oscar Hahn, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Professor Emeritus
Phone
 

Javier Hernandez

Title/Position
Graduate Teaching Assistant
PhD Student, Teaching Assistant in Spanish
Mireya Hernandez Pozuelo

Mireya Hernandez Pozuelo

Title/Position
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Mireya Hernández is a Teacher Assistant at the Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. She teaches SPAN:1501 Intermediate Spanish I. She is also working towards an M.F.A in Spanish Creative Writing.
Braeden Jones

Braeden Jones, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Adjunct Instructor
Assistant to the Director of Spanish Language Instruction
Instructional Services Coordinator, CLCL
Phone
Braeden has a PhD in Colonial Spanish American Literature and Comics Studies. Braeden is jointly appointed in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese, and uses unconventional items (e.g. comics, games, etc.) in the classroom to foster language growth, peer interactivity, and fun, as well as using virtual and extended reality to immerse students in learning experiences.
 

Kevin Josephs

Title/Position
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Phone
PhD Student, Teaching Assistant in Spanish
Paula Kempchinsky

Paula Kempchinsky, Ph.D. (1954-2021)

Title/Position
Associate Professor Emeritus
 

Philip Klein, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor Emeritus
Phone
Philip W. Klein is Associate Professor Emeritus of Spanish grammar and linguistics in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Iowa, with publications in phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pedagogy and computer applications.
Rachel Klevar

Rachel Klevar, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Lecturer
Phone
Rachel Klevar is the supervisor of the GE CLAS Core elementary Spanish courses and teaches a wide variety of Spanish classes, including Elementary Spanish I & II and Elementary Spanish Review online. She holds a Ph.D in Early Modern Spanish Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Rachel's research interests include Spanish picaresque literature, cultural geography, and more recently, pedagogical best practices for flipped and online language classrooms.