People

Ramona Koob

Ramona Koob

Title/Position
Graduate Fellow
PhD Student, Teaching Assistant in Spanish
Tom Lewis

Tom Lewis, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Professor and Collegiate Fellow Emeritus
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

Judith Liskin-Gasparro, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor Emeritus
Phone
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.
 

Sebastian Lores Fernandez

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

Macy Maas

Title/Position
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Phone
Linguistics Student, Teaching Assistant in Spanish
Pilar Marcé

Pilar Marcé, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Director of Curriculum
Associate Professor of Instruction
Phone
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.
 

Maria Marquez Ponce

Title/Position
Graduate Teaching Assistant
PhD Student, Teaching Assistant in Spanish
Maria Marroquin Perez

Maria Marroquin Perez

Title/Position
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Phone
PhD Student, Teaching Assistant in Spanish
Luis Martín-Estudillo

Luis Martín-Estudillo, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Spanish
Study Abroad Advisor
Professor and Collegiate Scholar
Phone
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.
Mariana Mazar

Mariana Mazer

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

Mackenzi McGowan

Title/Position
Graduate Teaching Assistant
PhD Student, Teaching Assistant in Spanish
Adriana Mendez Rodenas

Adriana Méndez Rodenas, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Professor Emeritus
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

Ana Merino, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Professor and Collegiate Scholar
Phone
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

Guy Meyer

Title/Position
Graduate Teaching Assistant
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.
Kristine Muñoz

Kristine Muñoz, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Professor
Phone
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

Luis Muñoz, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Director of MFA in Spanish Creative Writing
Associate Professor
Phone
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.
Kathleen Newman

Kathleen Newman, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor
Phone
Mercedes Murcia Nino

Mercedes Niño-Murcia, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Professor
Phone
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.
 

M. Camila Nuñez

Title/Position
Graduate Teaching Assistant
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

Julia Oliver Rajan, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor of Instruction
ACTFL Certified OPI Tester of Spanish
Phone
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 Otto

Sue Otto, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor Emeritus
Phone
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.
Maria Jose Plata Florez

Maria José Plata Florez

Title/Position
Graduate Fellow
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.
Ana Rodríguez-Rodríguez

Ana M. Rodríguez-Rodríguez, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Director of Graduate Studies
Associate Professor
Phone
Ana M. Rodríguez-Rodríguez is an Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Iowa, specializing in Early Modern Spanish Literature.
Gabriela Roman Fuentes

Gabriela Roman Fuentes

Title/Position
Graduate Teaching Assistant
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

Mariana Ruiz Nascimento

Title/Position
Graduate Student
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.
Milena Sanabria Contreras

Milena Sanabria Contreras

Title/Position
Graduate Teaching Assistant
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).
 

Byron Sandoval Marroquin

Title/Position
Graduate Teaching Assistant
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

Christine Shea, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Director of Graduate Studies
Associate Professor
Phone
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.
Adelheid Bethanny Sudibyo

Adelheid Bethanny Sudibyo

Title/Position
Graduate Teaching Assistant
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.