RLL at UB

Laura Chiesa and Italian students

What are the Romance languages?

All Romance languages share a common historical origin in the Latin language, which spread across the Roman Empire, evolving into French, Italian, Spanish and several others.

In the UB Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, our faculty and instructors teach courses that span the fields of language study, literary and textual studies, culture and civilization, linguistics, film and media studies, intellectual history and visual culture. Undergraduate students can complete much of the UB Curriculum with our courses, while paving the way for a major or minor. Graduate students receive advanced training in research and methodology as well as substantive fields of expertise, with in-depth seminars and the production of original contributions to knowledge.

Fields of Study

3/14/18
With over 220 million speakers worldwide, French is the sixth most common spoken language. It is an official language in 29 countries, ranging from Switzerland and Morocco to Vietnam and Canada.
3/12/18
The fourth most studied in the world, Italian is one of the official languages of the European Union, as well as the language of great writers such as Dante and Machiavelli.
4/26/18
Spanish is not only the official language of Spain, but also Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean islands of Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and most of South America.

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Contact Us

Elizabeth Scarlett

924 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0873

scarlett@buffalo.edu

Chair
Professor
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
College of Arts and Sciences

Scholarly Interests: Modern and Contemporary Spanish Peninsular Literature and Film; Romanticism; Realism; Avant garde movements; Feminism

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924 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0873

scarlett@buffalo.edu

Margarita Vargas

903 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0859

mvargas@buffalo.edu

Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
College of Arts and Sciences

Scholarly Interests: Contemporary Spanish-American theatre; Mexican film; Feminisms

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903 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0859

mvargas@buffalo.edu

Maureen Jameson

901 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0860

jameson@buffalo.edu

Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
College of Arts and Sciences

Scholarly Interests: 19th, 20th and 21st century French literature and society; Digital Humanities; French history; Cognitive Science; Science and society

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901 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0860

jameson@buffalo.edu

Barbara Avila-Shah

910 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0867

bia@buffalo.edu

Language Coordinator, Adjunct Assistant Professor in Spanish
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
College of Arts and Sciences

Scholarly Interests: Sociolinguistics in Caribbean Spanish; Second language acquisition and teaching; Spanish for heritage speakers; Linguistics; Sociolinguistics; Caribbean Spanish

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910 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0867

bia@buffalo.edu