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Spain

¡Hola!

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. With approximately 410 million speakers, it is the fourth most common spoken language on the planet.

Spanish is the language of great writers such as Miguel de Cervantes, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz and Gabriel García Márquez; of artists such as Diego Velázquez, Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera; and of filmmakers such as Luis Buñuel and Guillermo del Toro. Today, Spanish-speaking countries are culturally diverse and celebrated not only for their literature, art and films, but also for music, dance, cuisines and athletic achievements. Spanish is a key asset for almost any career students wish to pursue, from education, medicine and law to business, government, international affairs and travel and tourism.

Did You Know?

The U.S., where Spanish is spoken by over 41 million people, is officially the second-largest Spanish-speaking country in the world!

Academics

The RLL Spanish program commits to an interdisciplinary perspective, reflected in the opportunity to explore the Hispanic world through literature, films and works of art, and through history and cultural studies. We also encourage and offer opportunities for students to study abroad in a wide range of Spanish-speaking countries.

Undergraduate students (major or minor) may fulfill the UB Curriculum Global Pathway: Language and Culture Track in Spanish by starting at their current level of proficiency, from introductory to advanced intermediate (course names begin with SPA), and taking nine credit hours. The undergraduate program offers a full range of language classes and advanced coursework studying Hispanic culture and linguistics from the Middle Ages to the 21st century, from wherever Spanish is spoken. Graduate students may pursue a master's or doctoral degree in one of three concentrations: Spanish Peninsular or Spanish-American literature and culture, or in Hispano-Linguistics.

Hispanic and Romance Linguistics Faculty

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

Jorge Guitart

932 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0868

guitart@buffalo.edu

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

Scholarly Interests: Principles and Processes Phonology; Vowel coalescence in Spanish; Dialectal variation in the perception of English vowels by Spanish speakers; Role and case in Spanish nominals; Cleft constructions in Latin American Spanish

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932 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0868

guitart@buffalo.edu

Spanish American Literature and Culture Faculty

Sharonah Fredrick

935 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-1735

sharonah@buffalo.edu

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
College of Arts and Sciences

Scholarly Interests: Early Modern Era in the New World, South Asia, Spain, England and Ireland (1492-1799); Mayan, Andean and Southwestern Native Cosmology and Strategies of Resistance in Latin America; Spanish and Portuguese Imperial History in Asia/ Pacific; Judeo-Spanish and Irish Literature and Diasporas in the Colonial Americas Changing Conceptions of Cartography in the Americas and Colonial Asia Spanish, Portuguese, Hebrew and English Language and Composition Teaching Teacher and Student Training in Language Teaching

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935 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-1735

sharonah@buffalo.edu

Justin Read

913 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0878

jread2@buffalo.edu

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

Scholarly Interests: Urbanization and Modernization of Latin America since 1850; Space, Place and Political Subjectivity, focused primarily on Argentina, Brazil and Mexico; 19th and 20th century Latin American literature and culture; Critical theory; Poetics; Modernism and Avant-Garde

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913 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0878

jread2@buffalo.edu

Stephanie Schmidt

909 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0864

ss573@buffalo.edu

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

Scholarly Interests: Colonial Latin American literature; Nahuatl Studies; Early Modern Spanish literature

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909 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0864

ss573@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 Office Hours

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903 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0859

mvargas@buffalo.edu

Spanish Peninsular Literature and Culture Faculty

Henry Berlin

911 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-2243

hsberlin@buffalo.edu

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

Scholarly Interests: History and theory of the emotions; Medieval rhetoric and poetics; Literature, philosophy and theology; Iberian Studies

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911 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-2243

hsberlin@buffalo.edu

David Castillo

929 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0869

dc63@buffalo.edu

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

Scholarly Interests: Early Modern and Baroque Studies; Spanish Golden Age; Fantasy and Horror; Cultural criticism

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929 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0869

dc63@buffalo.edu

Colleen Culleton

905 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0861

culleton@buffalo.edu

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

Scholarly Interests: Modern Spanish and Catalan literature and culture; Ecocriticism; Spatial analysis; Theories of narrative

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905 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0861

culleton@buffalo.edu

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