Tom Lewis was Professor and Collegiate Fellow in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Iowa, specializing in contemporary literary theory and Spanish literature and culture after 1700.
Judith Liskin-Gasparro is Associate Professor Emerita in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, where she taught for 22 years (1993–2015). During that time she served as Director of the General Education Program in Spanish (1993–2006) and co-directed FLARE, the UI’s interdisciplinary doctoral program in Second Language Acquisition (2000–2015). She taught courses in second language acquisition, applied linguistics, and Spanish language. Her research interests include the development of second language speaking skills in classroom and study abroad contexts, oral proficiency assessment, and program evaluation and the assessment of student learning outcomes. Her publications include articles and edited volumes on these topics, as well as co-authorship of three college-level Spanish textbooks.
Dr. Pilar Marcé is an Associate Professor of Instruction, who specializes in Spanish for Specific Purposes (SSP). She is also currently the Director of Curriculum in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Iowa.
Luis Martín-Estudillo is Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Iowa, specializing in modern and contemporary Spanish cultural history and criticism. He has also published broadly on early modern topics and visual culture. He is Executive Editor of Hispanic Issues and Hispanic Issues Online.
A professor in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at the University of Iowa, Adriana Méndez Rodenas specializes in nineteenth and twentieth century Latin American literature. She has published amply in the area of Caribbean literature and culture, including an edition of Mercedes Santa Cruz y Montalvo's Viaje a la Habana (1844). Her research and teaching interests include travel writing, transatlantic studies, and gender.
Ana Merino is a Full Professor of Hispanic Studies and 2016 Collegiate Scholar. In 2009, Merino left her position at Dartmouth College to create the Spanish MFA program at the University of Iowa. She was its director since her foundation in March 2011 until December 2018. Between 2001-2011 she was a Member of the ICAF (International Comic Arts Forum) Executive Committee; and between 2004 and 2014 Directors Board Member at The Center for Cartoon Studies.
Guy Meyer is completing his master’s degree in linguistics with a focus on teaching English as a second language (TESL). He received his bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Arizona State University, and he currently teaches Intermediate Spanish as a teaching assistant.
Dr. Kristine Muñoz's research and theory are centered in the ethnography of speaking based on fieldwork in Colombia, England, Spain, Finland, and Texas. She has pursued issues of how to bring scholarship about Colombian culture into public digital spaces in ways that are accessible and compelling to educated lay publics and Spanish language educators.
Luis Muñoz was born in Granada, Spain. In his hometown, he directed the University of Granada’s Aula de Literatura (1992-2000), as well as the poetry magazine Hélice, from its founding until its closure (1992-2002). Between 2001 and 2012, he worked in Madrid as an advisor to the Residencia de Estudiantes.
Mercedes Niño-Murcia, Professor in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at the University of Iowa, is a sociocultural linguist. Her work focuses on the consequences of linguistic contact and nationalist language ideologies upon bilingual communities in Latin America and the United States. She has done research on inequalities of language policy and how sociolinguistic inequalities affect indigenous and/or immigrant groups in both rural and urban settings. She has also written about vernacular literacies. Her current research contributes to forensic linguistics (the study of interactions between language and legal institutions) and focuses especially on contexts that shape class and race hierarchies around Latino immigrants in the USA.
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.
Julia Oliver Rajan is a specialist in heritage language teaching, sociolinguistics, and service-learning. She performs Oral Proficiency Interviews (OPI) for students seeking official assessments and also conducts placement interviews for heritage speakers of Spanish.
Sue was the Director of the Language Media Center (now Center for Language and Culture Learning) and Co-Director of the FLARE doctoral program in Second Language Acquisition at the University of Iowa. She was also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, specializing in Computer-Assisted Language Learning and in the use of new technologies for language teaching and learning. She is President-Elect of the UI Retirees Association.
María José Plata Flórez is a Colombian writer and is currently in her first semester at the MFA Creative writing in Spanish. She was one of the 35 winners of the 2014 edition of the National Short Story Contest at Colombia and she also won second place at the National Short Story Contest Caro y Cuervo. During her undergraduate at the University of Los Andes she co-founded Pigasus, a creative writing workshop that got to publish a short story collection in 2018 with an independent Colombian publishing house called Escarabajo Editorial. She has also been a popular educator and a human rights defender.
Mexican writer and playwright whose plays have been staged and published in Mexico, Great Britain, Spain, Malawi, Argentina and the United States, and have been translated into English and Portuguese. She is also passionate about languages, cultures and teaching. Her work focuses mainly on women, gender, identity and youth.
Mariana Ruiz Nascimento is currently working at the University of Iowa as a Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) in the Spanish and Portuguese Department. She has a degree in Language Teaching and Literature and holds a Master's Degree in Applied Linguistics from the Universidade Federal de Uberlândia (UFU) in Brazil. She has been teaching English and Portuguese in different contexts for almost 7 years and her interests include Teaching and Learning Foreign Languages, Teacher Education, and Material Development.
I was born in Germany and grew up in Costa Rica and Berlin. I got my Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Sciences and Spanish Philology (2012), as well as a Master’s degree in Comparative Art and Literature (2016) at the University of Potsdam in Germany. For the past four years, I have been teaching German as a second language and working as a freelance translator in English, Spanish and German in Costa Rica, mostly academic work but also other projects like artists’ catalogs (Elia Arce, Valentina Murabito) and a documentary (Lifting the green Screen).
MFA in Spanish Creative Writing Student, Teaching Assistant in Spanish. Salvadoran writer. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Literature and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. His focus is in the encounter of culture with technology. He is currently working on a collection of short stories that highlights the conversion of the Salvadoran vernacular with the cosmopolitan view of the city.
Christine Shea is interested in how age, experience and the native language sound system interact with the perception and production of a second language. Adult second language learners approach their second language with a first language already in place. She investigates how experience with a previously acquired language affects the way learners perceive and produce a second (or third) language.
Bethanny was born in Jogjakarta, Indonesia. She speaks Indonesian, English, Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese. She holds a MA in Spanish from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and a BA in Spanish from Wenzao University of Languages, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD in Spanish Literature at the University of Iowa. Her main research area is Hispanofilipina and Peninsular literature and culture. Through her research, Bethanny hopes to enrich scholarship regarding past histories between Spain, the Philippines and Latin America.
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