Research in Iberian studies in our department brings together faculty and graduate students investigating Iberia as a subject of inquiry across period, language, and identity. In transitioning from older models of area studies into transnational and global perspectives, Iberia serves as epistemological locus from which we rethink narratives of national, ethnic, linguistic, and religious identities, from the middle ages up to today. Iberian Studies places in dialogue the different cultural traditions that coexist in the peninsula, exploring their historical development and analyzing their present expressions. We underscore the value of the cultural and linguistic diversity of the peninsula, and our faculty and students have, at different times, incorporated the study of Portuguese, Arabic, Hebrew, Catalan, Basque, Galician, and Aranese, as well as the linguistic patterns of contact among them, into their research. Special attention is paid to the various transnational contexts within which Iberia is constituted at different time periods, be it within a Meditteranean context, a trans-Atalantic, or trans-oceanic, colonial and postcolonial matrix, or within a broader European framework. The Iberian Studies Initiative in our department seeks to develop a community of shared intellectual inquiry through the organization of courses and reading groups as well as a lecture series and regular international, interdisciplinary conferences that bring together major scholars and artists from the United States and abroad.