Sophia Beal, Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
Dr. Beal’s research focuses on literary and cultural analysis within the Portuguese-speaking world, primarily analyzing questions related to public space and urban development. She contributes to the curriculum in the areas of Brazilian, Portuguese, and Lusophone-African cultural production.
Ofelia Ferrán, Associate Professor
Dr. Ferrán specializes in autobiography, contemporary Spanish peninsular literature, contemporary Spanish women writers, exile literature, feminist theory, literary theory and criticism, narrative constructions and representations of memory. Along with Ana Forcinito, and Brian Engdahl, Dr. Ferrán is a PI of Memory, Trauma, and Human Rights at the Crossroads of Art and Science.
Ana Paula Ferreira, Professor
Dr. Ferreira research includes feminist and gender studies, Portuguese and Brazilian literatures, critical race studies, colonial/postcolonial studies and medieval and renaissance literatures. She is on leave during the 2019-2020 academic year, writing a new book.
Ana Forcinito, Professor, Department Chair
Dr. Forcinito is the current chair of the Dept of Spanish & Portuguese. She specializes in testimonial and visual practices anchored in the promotion of human rights, the reconstruction of memory in post-authoritarian regimes and the eradication of gender violence. Her expertise includes: Nineteenth- and twentieth-century Latin American literature, with a focus on the Southern Cone; memory and human rights studies; feminist theory and gender studies; and Latin American film. She is a PI of Memory, Trauma, and Human Rights at the Crossroads of Art and Science.
Michelle Hamilton, Professor
Dr. Hamilton is Director of Medieval Studies and Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities where she offers courses on religious studies, Jewish studies, and Spanish literature and culture. She has published widely on multi-confessional Iberia. She is currently working on a project examining the intersections of translation, ruins and wonder in the Iberian Arabic and Romance traditions.
Jaime Hanneken, Associate Professor
Dr. Hanneken specializes in contemporary Latin American and Francophone Literature. Her research foci include: postcolonial studies; globalization; Latin American vanguardias; discursive appropriations of Paris in Caribbean, Latin American, and African contexts; uses and limitations of metropolitan literary, cultural theory in peripheral contexts.
Raúl Marrero-Fente, Professor
Dr. Marrero-Fente’s research focuses on Global Colonial Studies in the Hispanophone World. His specialities include: Early Modern Global Hispanophone Literature and Culture, Colonial Latin America Literature and Culture, Hispanophone-African Literature and Culture; Hispanophone-Asian Literature and Culture; Human Rights; and Early Modern Hispanic Epic Poetry.
Luis Ramos-Garcia, Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies
Dr. Ramos-Garcia specializes in human rights across the disciplines including theater, art, political science, and literature. His interests also include cultural discourses and poetry in contemporary Latin American and Peninsular literature, and Andean studies and Indigenous literature. He is a PI of UMN Grand Challenges Research Art and Theater Interdisciplinary project titled, “The State of Iberoamerican Studies Series: Human Rights Across the Disciplines and Voice to Vision Project.”
Nicholas Spadaccini, Professor
Dr. Spadaccini is the editor in chief of Hispanic Issues and Hispanic Issues Online. He specializes in Peninsular Literature and Culture and Colonial Spanish-American Literature and Culture. He is also an expert on Cervantes.
William Viestenz, Associate Professor
Dr. Viestenz specializes in modern Iberian literature and culture. He works in topics of the sacred, post-secularism, political theology, ethics, film studies, the philosophy of history, Catalan studies, and human rights.