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Spanish & Portuguese at the University of California, Berkeley

Welcome to the web resource of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California, Berkeley. Our department is a medium-sized one, big enough to offer a wide variety of approaches to teaching and research yet small enough to afford students at both the graduate and undergraduate level personal attention and mentoring. We offer an abundance of opportunities to learn and achieve mastery of the languages and cultures we study, which include Catalan, Nahuatl, Portuguese, Romance Studies and Spanish. Our programs are specially designed for highly motivated students with a passion for other languages, literatures and cultures, for imaginative approaches to these and for careful crossing of traditionally defined geographic, linguistic and disciplinary borders.

Several of our faculty are formally involved with or are active in other departments or academic units on campus—for example, Comparative Literature, Rhetoric, Film and Media, Gender & Women’s Studies, the Portuguese Studies Program, the Spanish Studies Program, the Catalan and Occitan Studies Program, and the Center for Latin American Studies and Renaissance and Early Modern Studies.

Upcoming Events

México 1968

5 October, 2018 | 12:00 pm-2:00 pm

370 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley


Congratulations, Allen Young!

Congratulations to our former graduate student, Allen Young (Berkeley PhD, 2012), who has been awarded the Queen Sofía Spanish Institute Translation prize, for his translation of Losing is What Matters, by Manuel Pérez Subirina. The $10,000 prize is awarded for the best translation of a Spanish-language literary work into English. After graduating from Berkeley, Allen taught at Northwestern University before pursing an additional degree in urban planning. He is currently working in Shanghai, China, as the managing editor of a bilingual cultural magazine, Neocha.

Welcome New Faculty and Graduate Students!

The department is very happy to welcome Nathaniel Wolfson, who joins the department as Assistant Professor of Portuguese.  Professor Wolfson received his PhD from Princeton University, and he comes to Berkeley from a post-doctoral appointment at Harvard University.  His research and teaching focus on modern Brazilian literature and culture.

We are also very pleased to welcome Jhonni Carr, who comes to the department as a Lecturer in Spanish linguistics. Professor Carr received her PhD from UCLA, where her doctoral research focused on Spanish language ecologies in Los Angeles.  She joins the department with extensive teaching experience as a post-doctoral fellow at UCLA, and she will be offering a range of undergraduate courses for the linguistics major-track in Spanish.

Finally, a warm welcome our incoming cohort of graduate students: Alejandra Decker, Gabriel Lesser,  Yamel Nuñez, and Annie Tarver.  We hope you are all settling in well, and we look forward to working with you over the course of your studies.

New Offering – Study and engage with issues of poverty and inequality in Latin America first-hand!

Do you want to get work experience in a Spanish speaking environment? Are you interested in giving back to the community and in developing skills associated with specific sectors (e.g. education, public health, human rights, environmental justice)?

The Global Poverty and Practice (GPP) Minor, in association with the Spanish Department and the UC Education Abroad Program is offering the opportunity to complete the GPP minor with an internship in Mexico or Chile through the UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP).