Graduate Faculty

César Braga-Pinto
MA, San Francisco State; Ph.D., California (Berkeley). Professor Braga-Pinto teaches Brazilian, Latin American, African and Comparative literature. His primary research focuses on the intersections of historical and prophetic discourses in colonial Brazil. He is currently working on a book project which focus on race and friendship in the works of José Lins do Rego and Gilberto Freyre. In 2003 he was a Fulbright Scholar in Mozambique, where he taught Brazilian literature and undertook research leading to an on-going project on colonial African literature. Selected publications: As Promessas da História: Discursos Proféticos e Assimilação no Brasil Colonial (EDUSP, Editora da Universidade de São Paulo, 2003). “Sugar Daddy: Gilberto Freyre and the white man’s love for blacks,” in The Masters and the Slaves: Plantation Relations and Mestizaje in American Imaginaries (Palgrave, 2004). “Supermen and Chiquita Bacana's Daughters”, in LUSOSEX: Gender and Sexuality in the Portuguese-Speaking World (Minnesota University Press, 2002). “How to Organize a Movement: Caetano Veloso’s Tropical Path”, in Studies in Latin American Popular Culture (Vol. 19, 2000, p. 101-112). “José de Anchieta: Performing the History of Christianity in Brazil” in Portuguese Literary and Cultural Studies (Vols. 4-5, April 2001).

José Camacho, Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese
MA, Ph.D., 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, Probus and 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, forthciming), 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.

Nydia Flores

M.Ed. Temple University; Ph.D., City University of New York.  Professor Flores researches the variable use of subject pronouns in Spanish narratives within the context of sociolinguistic analysis. Her plans are to continue to conduct sociolinguistic research in Spanish-speaking and Portuguese-speaking communities in New Jersey.  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.

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.

Yeon-Soo Kim
MA, M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale. Professor Kim’s book The Family Album: Histories, Subjectivities and Migration in Contemporary Spanish Culture is an original study of the family album as a critical medium through which post-Franco Spanish culture and history are redefined. Her Yale-University PhD dissertation, which has spurned a number of articles and which she is revising for publication, is entitled The Return of the Medieval in 20th Century Spanish Culture. She currently has two active research projects: the first, a tentatively entitled book manuscript Arabs and Asians in the Spanish Imaginary, examines the construction of exoticism in the age of the dissolution of colonialism in the fields of literature, film, photography, painting, fashion, gastronomy and sports marketing; the second deals with the phenomena of food culture in relation to other notions such as nationalism, hybridity and gender.

Carl Kirschner, Dean of Rutgers College.
MA, Rhode Island; Ph.D., Massachusetts. Professor Kirschner is a specialist in Spanish syntax and semantics; bilingualism; and UG theory applied to data from Spanish-English bilinguals, a sociolinguistic study of syntactic change in the Spanish spoken by second generation Spanish-English bilinguals. He is the author of Semántica generativa del español (1981); co-author of the second year Spanish language, literature, and culture text book series Pasajes: Lengua, Pasajes:Literatura, Pasajes: Cultura, Pasajes: Actividades, Pasajes: Cuaderno de Práctica, now in its fifth edition; and editor of Studies in Romance Linguistics (1989).

Asela Laguna
B.A. (U of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez); M.A. & Ph.D., Comparative Literature (U of Illinois, Urbana) Dr. Laguna has centered her teaching in the areas of Puerto Rican literature; Race, Slavery and Black Experience in the Hispanic Caribbean; Contemporary Hispanic Theater, Film and Literature and theme courses such as Columbus in the different national contexts, Contemporary Caribbean Narrative and Hispanic Journalism: From Theory to Practice.

Author of George Bernard Shaw en el mundo hispánico:su recepción e influencia ( 1981) and editor of Imagénes e identidades: el puertorriqueño en la literatura ( 1985); Images and Identities: The Puerto Rican in Two World Contexts (1987), and of the Global Impact of the Portuguese Language (2000). Currently she is finishing the first of a two-volume book on the subject of Christopher Columbus in literature.

Jorge Marcone
Ph.D., Texas (Austin). Prof. Marcone's field of specialization is the representation of the natural world, and the ideas of the relationship between the human and non-human worlds underlying those representations in Hispanic culture. This approach is informed by current debates on: (1) the idea of "environmental complexity" as a paradigm for creating transdisciplinary knowledge, (2) sustainable development and alternative paths towards modernization in political ecology and environmental history, (3) the limits or excesses of the thesis of the social construction of nature, (4) the cultural critique to environmentalism as a cultural phenomenom, and (5) cognitive poetics, and the ecology of perception and emotion. His interests include nature in theories of literature, the "novela de la tierra," representations of Amazonia, nature and travel writing, ecology in Post-Avant-garde poetry, global environmentalism in contemporary Hispanic fiction, among others. In the past, Prof. Marcone has published La oralidad escrita. Sobre la reivindicación y re-inscripción del discurso oral (1997), a critique of theories of literacy and orality in Latin American literature and criticism.

Susan Martin-Márquez
MA, Chicago; Ph.D., Pennsylvania. Professor Martin-Márquez specializes in modern Peninsular literary narrative, film and cultural studies. Her book Feminist Discourse and Spanish Cinema: Sight Unseen was published in 1999 by Oxford University Press, and she is currently working on an international collaborative oral history of cinema-going in Spain in the 1940s and 1950s, which analyzes the mechanisms of memory and the “performance” and practice of everyday life under Francoism. Professor Martin-Márquez is also completing a book, Disorientations: Spanish Colonialism in Africa and the Cultural Mapping of Identity, which scrutinizes the role played by Africa in the reconsolidation of Spanish national identities in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as evidenced in literary texts, exploration narratives and official documents, painting, photography and cinema, museum displays and other forms of material culture.

Tomás Eloy Martínez, Director of the Latin American Studies Program.
MA, Paris VII; Honorary Ph.D.s, John F. Kennedy, and Tucumán universities, Argentina. Professor Martínez is a literary scholar, fiction writer, and journalist. His most recent book is "El cantor de tango" (Planeta, Madrid-Buenos Aires 2003); translated to English ("The Tango Singer") ,Bloomsbury, London-New York, 2004), French (Gallimard, Paris, 2005), German (Suhrkamp, Frankfurt, 2004) and 12 other languages. His other novels include El sueño argentino (essays, 1999); Lugar común la muerte (short stories, 1998); Santa Evita (novel, 1995), which was translated to more than 30 languages); La mano del amo (novel, 1991); The Perón Novel (1985, translated to 12 languages), among others. He has taught at University of Maryland and held visiting professorships at London University, Universidad de Guadalajara,and Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. He was editor of magazines and newspapers, and currently is a regular columnist of La Nación de Buenos Aires, El País de Madrid and The New York Times Syndicate. He has received The Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars fellowship and the Guggenheim fellowship.

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
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.

Margaret H. Persin
MA, Ph.D., Indiana. Author of Getting the Picture: The Ekphrastic Principle in Twentieth Century Spanish Poetry (1997) and Recent Spanish Poetry and the Role of the Reader (1987). Her current projects include a book-length study of the poetry of Concha Méndez, its reception and the poet’s subsequent excision from the Spanish canon, as well as another on the emergence of marginalized voices in recent Mexican poetry. Preferred teaching areas are contemporary poetry in Spanish and literary theory.

Phillip Rothwell
, Undergraduate Director
M.A., Ph.D., University of Cambridge. Phillip Rothwell is author of A Postmodern Nationalist: Truth, Orality and Gender in the Work of Mia Couto (Bucknell University, 2004) and contributing coeditor of Sexual/Texual Empire: Gender and Marginality in Lusophone African Literature (Bristol University, 2004) (with Hilary Owen) and A Primavera Toda E Para Ti (Presenca, 2004) (with Margarida Ribeiro, Teresa Cristina Cerdeira and Juliet Perkins). He guest-edited a volume of Portuguese Literary and Cultural Studies entitled "Reevaluating Mozambique" (2003). He has published widely in refereed journals on the literatures, cultures and intellectual history of Lusophone Africa, Portugal and Brazil. His manuscript "Utopian Bodies: The Construction of Women in African Literature" is nearing completion. His current research project focuses on what he terms "Empty Paternity" in Portuguese cultural production from the Renaissance to the present day.

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, Graduate Director
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 newest book is co-edited with Mary Beth Tierney-Tello, Double Exposure: Photography and Writing in Latin America (2006), from University of New Mexico Press.

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.

Adolfo Snaidas
MA, Kansas; Ph.D., Rutgers . His main interests are Spanish American Theater and Latin American Cinema, Pop Culture. Professor Snaidas is the author of El teatro de Xavier Villaurrutia (1974).

Thomas M. Stephens
MA, South Carolina; Ph.D., Michigan. Thomas M. Stephens, Professor I 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 am 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, 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 and identity. With two colleagues he is planning a book on bilingualism and second language acquisition in the Spanish-speaking world. Stephens has served on many departmental, college, university, and national committees and councils.

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.

Phyllis Zatlin
MA, Ph.D., Florida. Her main areas of teaching are translation studies and contemporary Spanish theater and narrative, with special interest in women writers, film, and cross-cultural approaches to theater. Professor Zatlin is the author of The Novels and Plays of Eduardo Manet: An Adventure in Multiculturalism (2000), Cross-Cultural Approaches to Theatre: The Spanish-French Connection (1994), Jaime Salom (1982), Víctor Ruiz Iriarte (1980), and Elena Quiroga (1977), and Theatre and Film Translation/Adaptation: A Practitioner's View (2005), as well as co-editor of Entre Actos: Diálogos sobre teatro español entre siglos (1999), Un escenario propio (1998), and The Contemporary Spanish Theater: A Collection of Critical Essays (1988). Her published and performed play translations from Spanish and French include works by J.L. Alonso de Santos, J.P. Daumas, E. Manet, P. Pedrero, and J. Salom. She is editor of ESTRENO Plays.

Emeritus Faculty
Mary Lee Bretz
MA, Stanford; Ph.D., Maryland. Her main teaching areas are 19th and 20th century Spanish Literature. Professor Bretz has written Voices, Silences and Echoes: A Theory of the Essay and the Critical Reception of Naturalism in Spain (1992); Concha Espina (1980); La evolución novelística de Pío Baroja (1979). Recently completing a book-length study on Spanish modernism and the changing vision of the other during the period from 1890 to 1930, entitled Breaking Borders. The Other(:) Spanish Modernism. She is the author of numerous articles on Spanish literature and the teaching of literature, appeared in Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, Hispanic Journal, Anales de la literatura española contemporánea, among others; co-author of the second year Spanish language, literature, and culture text book series Pasajes: Lengua, Pasajes:Literatura, Pasajes: Cultura, Pasajes: Actividades, Pasajes: Cuaderno de Práctica, now in its fourth edition.

Frank N. Dauster
MA, Rutgers; Ph.D., Yale. His areas of research are 19th and 20th century Spanish American theatre; theory of tragedy; contemporary poetry; Mexican literature. Author of Breve historia de la poesía mexicana; Xavier Villaurrutia; Ensayos sobre teatro hispanoamericano; Breve historia del teatro hispanoamericano siglos XIX-XX; Ensayos sobre poesía mexicana; The Double Strand: Five Contemporary Mexican Poets, Perfil generacional del teatro hispanoamericano; co-editor of 9 dramaturgos hispanoamericanos; En un acto. He is preparing a generational history of modern Latin American theater and a volume of essays on Mexican poetry.

Conrado Guardiola
MA, Ph.D., Universidad de Zaragoza. Professor Guardiola teaches Medieval Spanish literature; Medieval Epic; didactic and political treatises; culture of Spain; Aragonensia. He has published books on Los Amantes de Teruel (1989); Gracián (1980); El Romancero (1973); and Cantares de Gesta (1971); and several articles on "La hospitales en la salida del Cid hacia el destierro", on the sources of El libro de los exenplos por abc, on Amadís, and the influence of John of Wales in Cataluña and Spain.

Gabriela Mora
MA, Chile; Ph.D., Smith. She specializes in Nineteenth and Twentieth-century Spanish American literature, the short-story, Modernism and women writers. Her books include: El cuento modernista: Gutiérrez Nájera, Darío, Lugones, Díaz Rodríguez y Clemente Palma (1996); editor and preliminary study of La educación científica de la mujer by E.M. de Hostos (1993); Darío íntimo de Hostos (1990); En torno al cuento: de la teoría y de su práctica en Hispanoamérica (1985); co-editor of Theory and Practice of Feminist Literary Criticism (1982); and Hostos intimista: introducción a su Diario (1976). Professor Mora has been chair of the Division of “Latin American Literature from Independence to 1900" (MLA) and her numerous articles have been published in scholarly magazines in Latin America and Europe. She is currently working on Clemente Palma’s narrative.


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