Research Faculty

Natalia Brizuela

Associate Professor of Spanish & Portuguese and Film & Media. Her work focuses on photography, film and contemporary art, critical theory and aesthetics of both Spanish America and Brazil. She is the author of two books on photography. The first, Fotografia e Império. Paisagens para um Brasil Moderno (Cia das Letras, 2012) is a study of 19th Century photography in Brasil in its relationship to modern state formation, nationalism, modernization and race. » read more »

Anthony Cascardi

Ph. D., Harvard University, 1980. (Professor) Cervantes and theatre; the Spanish Baroque; the modern novel and theory of the novel; philosophy and literature; Goya; literary theory; aesthetics.

Justin Davidson

Assistant Professor of Spanish and Romance Linguistics

Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2015. Spanish Linguistics, Romance linguistics, SLATE (Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education).

Research Expertise and Interest

Sociolinguistics, contact linguistics and language contact, language variation and change, Romance linguistics, quantitative methods (statistics, variable rule analyses for sociolinguistics, and computer software for statistics), sociohistorical linguistics, sociophonetics, bilingualism, Catalan, Spanish, dialectal diversification, foreign language pedagogy. » read more »

Ivonne del Valle

Associate Professor of Colonial Studies. She received her Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley in 2004, and before returning to the Bay Area in 2009, she taught at the University of Michigan. Her research and teaching make connections between the past and the present which try to show the relevance of the colonial period for an understanding of contemporary times. She was co-director of the Berkeley research group “Mexico and the Rule of Law.”  » read more »

Daylet Domínguez

Daylet Domínguez (Ph.D., Princeton University) is an Associate Professor of Latin America and Caribbean literatures and cultures. Her work focuses on modern travel cultures and costumbrismo; visuality and writing; empire, nation and revolution; and slavery. Her first book, under contract by Iberoamericana and forthcoming in 2019, studies the interplay of literature and science in nineteenth-century Hispanic Caribbean. It particularly emphasizes the importance of literature (travel writing, costumbrista sketches and the realist novel) for the establishment of the social sciences in the insular Hispanic Caribbean. Her second book project studies the ways in which the Caribbean has been imagined, produced and interpreted as a natural and geographical landscape in the modern and contemporary culture.

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Michael Iarocci

Department Chair, Professor of Modern Spanish Literature and Culture (18th-21st centuries). Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania. Comparative and Transatlantic Hispanic studies. Literature and geopolitics. Aesthetics and ideology. Visual culture. Author of two books: Enrique Gil y la genalogía de la lírica moderna (Juan de la Cuesta, 1999), and Properties of Modernity: Romantic Spain, Modern Europe and the Legacies of Empire (Vanderbildt University Press, 2006).    » read more »

Tom McEnaney

  • Associate Professor

  • 4327 Dwinelle Hall
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30-5pm (and by appointment)

Associate Professor of Latin American and Caribbean Literature and Culture. His work emphasizes the connections between Argentine, Cuban, and U.S. literature, the history of media and technology, sound studies, linguistic anthropology, computational (digital) humanities and new media studies. His work has appeared in Cultural Critique, La Habana Elegante, The Journal of Musicology, The New York Times, PMLA, The Oxford Handbook of Voice StudiesRepresentations, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Sounding Out!, Variaciones Borges, and others. His book, Acoustic Properties: Radio, Narrative, and the New Neighborhood of the Americas (FlashPoints at Northwestern University Press, 2017) was shortlisted for the Modernist Studies First Book Prize and was the subject of a forum at Syndicate. » read more »

Nasser Meerkhan

Ph.D., Spanish Literature, University of Virginia (2017)
M.A., Hispanic Studies, Villanova University (2013)
B.A., Spanish Literature, Damascus University, Syria (2011)

Research Interests
Medieval & Early Modern Iberian literature
Women writers of Medieval Iberia and the Middle East
Historiography in Medieval Iberia
Semitic maqamat
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Ignacio Navarrete

Professor of Spanish Golden Age Literature, especially poetry, poetics, and historiography; Literary Theory. Ph. D., Indiana University, 1985.  His research has focused on Italo-Iberian cultural relations, and on a series of phenomena (Petrarchism, courtiership, narrative theory) that can be seen as metalanguages of an early modern culture that cut across national boundaries. That said, he is also interested in specifically Iberian literary and cultural issues: lyric poetry and poetics (special attention to Garcilaso, Fray Luis de León, Herrera, and Góngora, and topics such as visualization, eroticism, metaphor); national identity and transnational empire (translation and transculturation); print culture and the rise of the novel (hagiography, historiography, verisimilitude theory); etc. He is particularly interested in all sorts of formalist approaches to both poetry and narrative.

Alex Saum

Alex Saum-Pascual

Alex Saum-Pascual is Associate Professor of Spanish and New Media at UC Berkeley. In the Department of Spanish and Portuguese she teaches Contemporary Spanish Literature and Culture (20th and 21st Centuries) and Electronic Literature (Digital Humanities). She received her Ph.D in Hispanic Studies at the University of California, Riverside, and completed a Masters of Spanish and Foreign Language Pedagogy at the University of Delaware.
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Candace Slater

Ph. D., Stanford University, 1975. (Professor) Research interests: Brazilian Literature and Culture; Latin American folk and popular traditions.

Estelle Tarica

Estelle Tarica (PhD Comparative Literature, Cornell, 2000) is Associate Professor of Latin American Literatures and Cultures in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and Chair of the Latin American Studies Program at UC Berkeley. She is the author of The Inner Life of Mestizo Nationalism (University of Minnesota Press, 2008), concerning the discourse of indigenismo and mestizaje in Mexico, Peru and Bolivia and focusing on the work of José María Arguedas, Rosario Castellanos and Jesús Lara. Her current book  » read more »

Nathaniel Wolfson

Nathaniel Wolfson is Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese Literature and Culture and Affiliated Faculty of the Program in Critical Theory. His research focuses on 19th century–contemporary Brazil and concerns a range of topics, including poetics, critical theory, media studies, continental philosophy, and the history of science and technology in the global south. He is interested in comparative approaches to the study of Brazilian culture, including exchanges within the Lusophone world, Spanish America and Europe. He is currently working on a book entitled Poetry, Cybernetics and the Design of Brazil’s Avant-garde that rethinks how Brazilian writers and visual in the 1950s–1970s engaged post-war global debates on materiality, cybernetics, communication and state capitalist development. He is the editor of a special issue on concrete and post-concrete aesthetics in the Journal of Lusophone Studies (forthcoming). Before joining the UC Berkeley faculty, he was Postdoctoral College Fellow in Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University. PhD and MA, Princeton. BA, Brown U.

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