Graduate Faculty

Jennifer Austin,MA, Ph.D., Cornell
Her research interests include: first and second language acquisition; bilingualism and language contact; Hispanic linguistics and Basque linguistics.



Karen Bishop,MA, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
Her research interests include in poetry and narrative, human rights, torture, translation, cartography, exile, genre studies, postcolonial studies, architectural theory.



José Camacho, M.A., Ph.D. University of Southern California
His main teaching area is Spanish and Amazonian linguistics (syntax, phonology, semantics, bilingualism) and acquisition. He has published The Structure of Coordination (Kluwer, 2003); and articles in second language acquisition and syntax in Linguistic Inquiry , Second Language Research , Probusand in edited volumes. Current research projects include: the Pano languages (Shipibo and Capanahua) and epistemic modality.


Kimberly DaCosta Holton,
MA,Ph.D., Northwestern
Holton’s primary research field concerns the intersection of performance, identity and politics in Portugal and Brazil. In the past Holton has written on the Lisbon 94 European City of Culture Festival, the museological representation of fado, and globalist discourse within contemporary Portuguese fiction. Current projects include an ethnohistorical analysis of rachos folclóricos entitled Revivalist Folklore Performance in Portugal and Its Diaspora (Indiana, forthcoming), an edited volume examining Portugese emigration to the United states, and an ethnographic study of post-colonial conflict between the Portuguese and Brazilian communities of Newark, NJ.

Jennifer Duprey-Colon,
MA, NYU; Ph.D., Cornell
Jennifer Duprey is professor of the literature, history and culture of the modern and contemporary Iberian Peninsula specifically the Catalan, Castilian and Galician traditions with research and teaching interests on Iberian intellectual history; transatlantic studies; comparative literature; critical and literary theory; cultural studies; gender studies; philosophical approaches to theater and visual studies. Her recent work has been located at the intersections of the tradition of Spanish and Catalan Theater and particular instantiations of the dialectic of modernity. Her research as a scholar of Iberian studies has a strong transatlantic component whose comparative dimensions she has been pursuing in both her scholarship and teaching.  She has a strong interest in transatlantic studies, not only because these are inherently interdisciplinary, but also because she is critically engaged with the very theorizations of the concepts such as “Transatlantic” and “Crossing” as these have historically created and continue to create ideological discourses around political and cultural relations in both sides of the Atlantic.  Book Manuscript Completed: The Aesthetics of the Ephemeral; Memory Theaters in Contemporary Barcelona.   Recent Peer Reviewed Publications:  “The Spanish Civil War and the Aesthetics of the Ominous in Els nens perduts del franquisme” (forthcoming Journal of Catalan Studies); “Jorge Semprún: la escritura, la vida y la representación del Holocausto” (forthcoming Hispanófila); “Binding Violence, or the Valences of Political Power”, Moira Fradinger’s Binding Violence (co-authored with Antonio Y. Vazquez-Arroyo), Minnesota Review, Issue 78, Spring 2012; “Anagnôrisis, Political Recognition and Justice in Salvador Espriu’s Antígona.” Catalan Review.  Special Issue on Catalan Theater. Volume 23, (2010): 211-227; “La escenificación del mestizaje: Temptació de Carles Batlle.” Gestos 47 (2009): 47-73; “Memoria y violencia: el mito de Caín y Abel en la representación de la guerra en Cuánta, cuánta guerra de Mercè Rodoreda.”  Hispanófila 151 (2007): 77-91; “La Plaza del Diamante; memoria de lo innombrable.”  Revista de Estudios Hispánicos. Año XXI, n.2 (2004): 91-101.  

Nydia Flores, M.Ed. Temple University; Ph.D., City University of New York
Areas of inquiry explore two interrelated avenues in the field of sociolinguistics: language in society and language education.  In sociolinguistics, I prepare practitioners to better understand how languages are used in a speech community and, how language use should guide practices.  For language in society, I examine more discrete linguistic features and attempt to identify changes in language that take place as a consequence of contact.  Areas of specialization: sociolinguistics: Spanish in the U.S., bilingualism, and second language acquisition.  She is the author of A Sociolinguistic Perspective on the Use of Subject Personal Pronouns in Spanish Narratives of Puerto Ricans in New York City . Germany: Lincom-Europa.


Carla Giaudrone
, M.Phil., Ph.D., New York University
Dr. Giaudrone specializes in fin-de-siècle Spanish American literatures and Southern Cone literature and culture. She has authored a scholarly edition of Julio Herrera y Reissig, El pudor y la cachondez and La degeneración del Novecientos. Modernismo y modelos estético-sexuales de la cultura (2005), a study of the formation of sexual identities and their inscriptions in the cultural and sociopolitical contexts of modernismo. Additional research areas include post-colonial theory, Latin American Modernismo, feminist theory, and gender studies. She is working on a book-length study that analyzes how the relationship between image and text impacts on cultural identity issues through the examination of commemorative illustrated books of the centennial celebrations of independence in Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay.

Mary S. Gossy,
MA, Ph.D., Harvard
Professor Gossy specializes in feminist theory, psychoanalysis and Golden Age prose. She has published Freudian Slips: Woman, Writing, the Foreign Tongue (1995); The Untold Story: Women and Theory in Golden Age Texts (1989), essays in groundbreaking collections like Entiendes and Hispanisms and Homosexualities, and other articles on gender and the Golden Age in various anthologies and periodicals. She continues to work on witches and other weirdos in Golden Age Spain, feminist theories of representation and rhetoric, and is currently finishing her third book, The End of Empire: Spain and the Modern Unconscious, about the presence of Spain and the Spanish language in authors as diverse as Poe, Stein, Freud and even Lorca.


Miguel A. Jimenez, M.A., Ph.D., University of Granada
Professor Jimenez's research focuses on  translation technologies, localization, corpus-based translation studies, cognitive translation studies, translation theory and the didactics of translation.


Yeon-Soo Kim, MA, M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale
Professor Kim specializes in contemporary Spanish literature and culture. Her monograph, The Family Album: Histories, Subjectivities and Immigration in Contemporary Spanish Culture (2005), is an original study of the family album as a critical medium through which to  reconsider the attitudes of Spanish society toward its dictatorial past and the Spanish transition to democracy. Her forthcoming Asia and the Asians in the Contemporary Spanish Imaginary investigates the ways in which contemporary narratives, travel writings and films make  efforts to avoid exoticizing Asia and Asians and yet establish new  types of exoticism in which difference and otherness are undermined by  the Self's own cultural effacement. In order to interpret the various  types of contemporary exoticism, she scrutinizes travel writings about Asia written shortly after Spain's loss of the Philippines and during  Franco when Spain had no substantial contact or interest in Asia. Kim has also published articles that analyze ethical positions in the visual and narrative representations of immigrants.


Jorge Marcone,
Ph.D., Texas (Austin)
Prof. Marcone's current field of specialization is Environmental Humanities in Latin America and Spain. The EH focuses on the far-reaching implications of local or planetary environmental crises and conflicts for ontology, epistemology, ethics, hermeneutics, and aesthetics. One of Marcone's research projects is following the impact of popular and indigenous environmentalisms in current ecological thinking, including ecological approaches to Latin American and Spanish literature, film and other media. Another line of research is devoted to the literature, film, and arts of Amazonia (in national, travel, and world literatures and film). In both cases, Marcone focuses on their ontologies and axiologies on the interrelationships between humans and nonhumans; their underlying notions of textuality for theorizing the interface between texts, audio/visual media, performances and interventions, on the one hand, and the environment and the non-human, on the other; and their affinities with theories of sustainability and community resilience to environmental change. Research by former and current graduate students include: ecology and British informal imperialism in the Spanish American Regional Novel; the chronicle and the Latin American city; ecology in colonial Caribbean texts; urban ecology, environmental justice and sustainability in contemporary Latin American and Latino literatures; a history of ecology and environmentalism in Spanish American literature; Amazonia in Peruvian and Brazilian literatures; Southern Cone Poetry and the “environmental turn” since the 1970s; indigenismo and indigenous films in Peru and Bolivia; among others.


Susan Martin-Márquez, MA, Chicago; Ph.D., Pennsylvania
Professor Martin-Márquez's research and teaching center on modern Spanish Peninsular cultural studies and Spanish-language film.  She is also Director of Rutgers' Program in Cinema Studies, and teaches courses on world cinema. Her film-related books include Feminist Discourse and Spanish Cinema: Sight Unseen (Oxford UP, 1999), and the collaborative project, Cinema and Everyday Life in 1940s and 1950s Spain: An Oral History (Berghahn Books, forthcoming 2011).  Other scholarly work focuses on questions of coloniality and identity. Disorientations: Spanish Colonialism in Africa and the Performance of Identity (Yale UP, 2008) examines the anxious reformulation of centralist and peripheral national identities resulting from Spaniards' post-Enlightenment rediscovery of their “African inheritance,” precisely at a time in which "scientific racism" rose to dominance, and the Spanish nation began investing in new colonial regimes in Africa. Professor Martin-Márquez’s current research focuses on alternative and “third cinema” movements of the 1960s; she has also begun a project on transatlantic and transpacific encounters in Spain’s penal colonies in Africa.

Carlos Raúl Narváez,
MA, New York University in Spain Program; M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia
His main areas of teaching are Twentieth-century Spanish American literature (emphasis on poetry), Caribbean and Central American literature and contemporary literary theory. Professor Narváez is the author of La escritura plural e infinita: "El libro de mis primos" de Cristina Peri Rossi (1991) and Polifonías e intertextualidades en el discurso literario hispanoamericano. He is currently at work on two book-length projects: A Philosophical Approach to Nautical Metaphors in Spanish American Poetry and Por los senderos de la memoria: el imaginario prediferencial en la obra de Cristina Peri Rossi.


Dámaris M. Otero-Torres, Undergraduate Director, MA Syracuse; Ph.D. California (San Diego)
She specializes in Spanish Golden Age literature; cultural and gender studies theory. Professor Otero-Torres has published numerous articles on the construction of gendered subjectivities and national identities in the Spanish comedia. Her book Vientre, manos y espíritu: hacia la construcción del sujeto femenino en el Siglo de Oro (Veracruzana, 2000) maps out reading strategies to deal with the notion of female subjectivities in early modern Spanish culture. She is currently working on a book manuscript dealing with issues of authority, authorship and power in Golden Age women writers, primarily on the work of sixteenth-century Spanish philosopher Oliva Sabuco de Nantes. 


Gregary Racz, (Adjunct Member - Associate Professor, Long Island University),Ph.D., Princeton
Literary translation and translation theory.

 Nuria Sagarra, Graduate Director, MA Universitat de Barcelona; PhD University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Her research interests lie in Psycholinguistics and Second Language Acquisition, particularly in non-native morphosyntactic processing in adults, cognitive individual differences, and cognitive training techniques to facilitate language learning. She investigates these topics employing behavioral (eyetracking, self-paced reading) and electrophysiological (event-related potentials) techniques. She is the recipient of a National Science Foundation grant, and has published in tier-1 journals, such as Applied Psycholinguistics, Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, Language Learning, Lingua, and Studies in Second Language Acquisition. Her current research projects include transfer and proficiency effects in L2 morphological processing with Arabic, Romanian and English learners of Spanish, and artificial language learning of non-adjacent dependencies.

Liliana Sánchez, M.A., Ph.D., University of Southern California
Professor Sanchez specializes in Bilingualism, Second Language Acquisition and Syntax (Spanish and Quechua). Her books include Quechua-Spanish Bilingualism: Interference and Convergence in Functional Categories (2003) and Demanda y Necesidad de Educación Bilingüe: Lenguas Indígenas y Castellano en el Sur Andino (2000). Her articles have appeared in journals such as Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, International Journal of Bilingualism, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, Language Assessment Quarterly, Probus and Spanish Applied Linguistics as well as in edited collections on Romance linguistics. She continues to work on several research projects focusing on the acquisition of syntax in bilingual and language contact environments in the US and abroad. She is completing a book manuscript on Quechua syntax and is the co-editor of a forthcoming book on Romance Syntax and of a volume on Informational Structure in Indigenous Languages of the Americas.


Marcy Schwartz, Department Chairperson,
MA, Paris VIII; MA, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins
Her research focuses on twentieth-century urban narrative, exile writing, and the politics of translation from the perspective of postcolonial semiotics and urban cultural studies. Professor Schwartz is the author of Writing Paris: Urban Topographies of Desire in Contemporary Latin American Fiction (1999), and co-editor with Daniel Balderston on a collection of essays entitled Voice-Overs: Translation and Latin American Literature. Her new book co-edited with Mary Beth Tierney-Tello, Double Exposure: Photography and Writing in Latin America, is  from University of New Mexico Press, 2006.


Ben. Sifuentes-Jáuregui, MA, M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale
Professor Sifuentes-Jáuregui researches twentieth-century Spanish American literature and culture, as well as gender and queer studies, and psychoanalysis. He has written articles on a variety of topics in Latin American and gender studies. Presently he is completing a manuscript entitled Facing Masculinity: Transvestism and Spanish American Literature. As Faculty Fellow at the Center for the Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture (Rutgers, 1998-1999), he began researching a project involving masculinity, nation formation, and the Mexican Revolution. Other research interests include US Latino/a writing and post-colonial criticism.

Margarita Smishkewych
, (Adjunct Member), M.A., Rutgers, Ph.D., Oviedo (Spain)
Medical/technical translation and interpreting.


Thomas M. Stephens, Assistant Graduate Director, MA, South Carolina; Ph.D., Michigan
Thomas M. Stephens, Professor I of Spanish and NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative, has taught in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese since 1981. He holds a B.A. in Spanish Education and an M.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of South Carolina and received a Ph.D. in Romance Linguistics from the University of Michigan. His research and teaching focus on bilingualism, language and ethnicity, and race and ethnicity in Latin America. He is author of Dictionary of Latin American Racial and Ethnic Terminology (University Press of Florida, 2nd edn., 1999) and A Game of Mirrors: The Changing Face of Ethno-racial Constructs and Language in the Americas (University Press of America, 2003), and has published articles on language, identity and the politics of language.  Stephens has served on many departmental, college, university, and national committees and councils and has been especially active in AATSP and BRASA.


Camilla Stevens,
MA, New Mexico; Ph.D., Kansas
Professor Stevens specializes in twentieth-century Spanish American drama, theater and performance theory, and Caribbean cultural studies. Her book, Family and Identity in Contemporary Cuban and Puerto Rican Drama (University Press of Florida, 2004), analyzes the discourses of family and nation in Cuban and Puerto Rican theater. Her recent research has focused on the politics of race in Caribbean theater. She is also co-editing a critical anthology of Spanish American plays that will devote special attention to the pedagogy of theater and performance.