Graduate Bulletin

Spring 2020

Faculty of Hispanic Languages and Literature Program


Roncero-López, Victoriano, Ph.D., 1988, University of Illinois, Champaign, 1987 Universidad Complutense de Madrid: 15th- to 17th-century literature of Spain, historiography, European humanism, modern theory.

Charnon-Deutsch, Lou1,3, 4, Emeritus Ph.D., 1978, University of Chicago: 18th- and 19th-century Peninsular literature, feminist theory, women writers.

De la Campa, Román, Emeritus, Ph.D., 1976 , University of Minnesota: Latin American and Caribbean literature, contemporary critical theory.

Read, Malcolm K., Emeritus, Ph.D., 1978, University of Wales: Sociology of literature, literary theory, marxism and psychoanalysis.

Lastra, Pedro, Emeritus, Ph.D., 1967, Universidad de Chile: Modern and contemporary Spanish-American literature.

Vasvari, Louise. Emeritus1, Ph.D., 1969, University of California, Berkeley: Medieval literature, translation theory; literature and linguistics, romance philology.

Associate Professors

Burgos-Lafuente, Lena5, Ph.D., 2011, New York University: Latin American and Caribbean literature, poetry, literary politics, Transatlantic literature.

Flesler, Daniela3, Ph.D., 2001, Tulane University: Contemporary Spanish literature, postcolonial theory, cultural studies.

Firbas, Paul 5,Ph.D., 2001, PrincetonUniversity: Colonial Latin American Literature, Modernity in Perú, Textual Criticism.

Pérez-Melgosa, Adrián3, 4, 5, Ph.D.,1995, University of Rochester: Film and literature in the Americas, cultural studies, film studies.

McKenna, James B., Emeritus. Ph.D., 1965, Harvard University: 20th-century Hispanic culture and literature.

Vernon, Kathleen M.3, 4, 5, Ph.D., 1982, University of Chicago: 20th-century Spanish and Latin American literature, cinema and popular culture, gender and cultural studies.

Vialette, Aurelie, 6 Ph. D., University of California, Berkeley, 19th century Iberian Cultures, Working class Culture, Catalan Studies, Gender Studies, Transatlantic Studies (Mexico, the Philippines).

Assistant Professors

Pierce, Joseph M., Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin, 19th and early 20th-century Latin American literature, queer theory, kinship studies.

Uriarte, Javier, Ph.D. 2012, New York University: 19th century Latin American literature and culture; travel writing, war and state-sponsored violence.

Director of the Spanish Language Program and Senior Lecturer

Ruiz-Debbe, Lilia, Ph.D., 1997, University of Geneva, Switzerland: Applied linguistics, second language research, and language pedagogy.


Colón, Aura, MA, University of Puerto Rico and Stony Brook: Caribbean and Latin American Literature, Transatlantic Studies, Migration

Corniel, Zaida, Ph.D., 2015, Stony Brook University: Caribbean literature and culture, Tourism Studies, Theater.

Davidiak, Elena, Ph.D., 2010, University of Iowa: Spanish Linguistics, bilingualism and multilingualism, language acquisition.

Rzhevsky, Tatiana G., M.A., 1981, University of Illinois: Spanish language and literature; foreign language pedagogy.

Ambio, Marissa, Ph.D. 2010, Columbia University: 19th and 20th century Latin American literature; the Hispanic diaspora in New York.


Number of teaching, graduate, and research assistants, Fall 2018: 17


  • Recipient of the State University Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Recipient of the State University Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research
  • Comparative Literature
  • Women and Gender Studies
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Affiliated Faculty, Center for the Study of Inequalities, Social Justice and Policy