RLL at UB

students in French class performing.

"Bodies in Revolt," Fall 2018.    Students perform their collaborative devised class projects at a performance entitled, "Dancing the Volcano" at the Center for the Arts.
Back row: Sophonie Pierre-Michel, Matthew Skrzypczyk, Naila Ansari, Mary Sullivan, Emily Crist, PG Jarrett
Front row: Diana Cortés-Evans, Lily Ertischek, Jahil Joseph

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

  • 4/13/20
    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.
  • 12/24/19
    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

  • Justin Read.

    810 Clemens Hall

    Phone: (716) 645-2711

    jread2@buffalo.edu

    Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and Experiential Learning
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese
    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

  • Amy Graves Monroe.

    924 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2020 Office Hours

    by appointment

    Phone: (716) 645-0880

    acgraves@buffalo.edu

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

    Scholarly Interests: Wars of Religion; Print Culture and History of the Book; Early Modern Philosophy and Political Thought; Satire and Irony; Intellectual History and Literary Theory

    924 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2020 Office Hours

    by appointment

    Phone: (716) 645-0880

    acgraves@buffalo.edu

  • Maureen Jameson.

    901 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2020 Office Hours

    Please email Dr. Jameson at jameson@buffalo.edu

    to schedule a zoom meeting

    Phone: (716) 645-0860

    jameson@buffalo.edu

    Associate Professor
    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

    901 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2020 Office Hours

    Please email Dr. Jameson at jameson@buffalo.edu

    to schedule a zoom meeting

    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