Spanish

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

  • Colleen Balukas.

    931 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2020 Office Hours

    Monday - 2:00 pm-3:00 pm

    Wednesday - 9:00 am-10:00 am

    Office hours are via zoom. Please email Dr. Balukas for zoom invite

    Phone: (716) 645-2794

    cpbaluka@buffalo.edu

    Assistant Professor of Spanish
    Department of Romance Languages and Linguistics
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Affiliated Faculty
    Department of Linguistics
    College of Arts and Sciences

    Scholarly Interests: Bilingualism, pedagogy, phonology, code-switching, sociolinguistics, corpus linguistics

    931 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2020 Office Hours

    Monday - 2:00 pm-3:00 pm

    Wednesday - 9:00 am-10:00 am

    Office hours are via zoom. Please email Dr. Balukas for zoom invite

    Phone: (716) 645-2794

    cpbaluka@buffalo.edu

  • Jorge Guitart.
    Professor Emeritus
    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

Spanish American Literature and Culture Faculty

  • Sharonah Fredrick.

    935 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2020 Office Hours

    Wednesday - 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

    Office hours are via skype. Please email Dr. Fredrick for the time. Her skype address is live:estshar

    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

    935 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2020 Office Hours

    Wednesday - 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

    Office hours are via skype. Please email Dr. Fredrick for the time. Her skype address is live:estshar

    Phone: (716) 645-1735

    sharonah@buffalo.edu

  • 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

  • Stephanie Schmidt.

    909 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2020 - on leave

    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

  • Margarita Vargas.

    903 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2020 Office Hours

    Thursday - 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm;

    or by appointment

    Office hours are via zoom. Please email Dr. Vargas for zoom link

    Phone: (716) 645-0859

    mvargas@buffalo.edu

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

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

    903 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2020 Office Hours

    Thursday - 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm;

    or by appointment

    Office hours are via zoom. Please email Dr. Vargas for zoom link

    Phone: (716) 645-0859

    mvargas@buffalo.edu

Spanish Peninsular Literature and Culture Faculty

  • Henry Berlin.

    911 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2020 Office Hours

    Monday, Wednesday and Thursday -

    10:00 am - 11:00 am

    Office hours are via zoom. Please email Dr. Berlin for a zoom invitation.

    Phone: (716) 645-2243

    rll-dus@buffalo.edu

    Assistant Professor
    Director of Undergraduate Studies
    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

    911 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2020 Office Hours

    Monday, Wednesday and Thursday -

    10:00 am - 11:00 am

    Office hours are via zoom. Please email Dr. Berlin for a zoom invitation.

    Phone: (716) 645-2243

    rll-dus@buffalo.edu

  • David Castillo.

    929 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2020 Office Hours

    Monday - 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm in person; or

    By appointment

    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

    929 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2020 Office Hours

    Monday - 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm in person; or

    By appointment

    Phone: (716) 645-0869

    dc63@buffalo.edu

  • Colleen Culleton.

    905 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2020 Office Hours

    Thursday - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Office hours are via zoom. Please email Dr. Culleton for zoom invitation

    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

    905 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2020 Office Hours

    Thursday - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Office hours are via zoom. Please email Dr. Culleton for zoom invitation

    Phone: (716) 645-0861

    culleton@buffalo.edu

  • Elizabeth Scarlett.

    913 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2020 Office Hours

    Tuesday & Thursday -

    1:30 pm-2:30 pm

    Office hours are via zoom. Please email Dr. Scarlett for your zoom invitation

    Phone: (716) 645-0873

    scarlett@buffalo.edu

    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

    913 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2020 Office Hours

    Tuesday & Thursday -

    1:30 pm-2:30 pm

    Office hours are via zoom. Please email Dr. Scarlett for your zoom invitation

    Phone: (716) 645-0873

    scarlett@buffalo.edu