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 2021 Office Hours: Tuesday - 9:00am-10:00am; Wednesday, 2:00pm-3:00pm will be via zoom. Calendly link to sign up for zoom meeting is: https://calendly.com/balukas

    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 2021 Office Hours: Tuesday - 9:00am-10:00am; Wednesday, 2:00pm-3:00pm will be via zoom. Calendly link to sign up for zoom meeting is: https://calendly.com/balukas

    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

  • Adrián Rodríguez-Riccelli.

    923 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2021 Office Hours: Tuesday - 4:00pm-6:00pm

    Thursday - 4:00pm-5:00pm or by appointment.

    Phone: (716) 645-3820

    Fax: (716) 645-5981

    arriccel@buffalo.edu

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

    Scholarly Interests: Variationist socio-linguistics; Contact linguistics; Morphosyntax; Language change; Afro-diasporic Romance vernaculars; Pidgin & Creole languages; Spanish in the United States; Multilingualism

    923 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2021 Office Hours: Tuesday - 4:00pm-6:00pm

    Thursday - 4:00pm-5:00pm or by appointment.

    Phone: (716) 645-3820

    Fax: (716) 645-5981

    arriccel@buffalo.edu

Spanish American Literature and Culture Faculty

  • Sharonah Fredrick.

    938 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2021 Office Hours - Friday, 4:00pm-6:00 pm; or by virtual appointment

    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

    938 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2021 Office Hours - Friday, 4:00pm-6:00 pm; or by virtual appointment

    Phone: (716) 645-1735

    sharonah@buffalo.edu

  • Melissa Mccarron.

    938 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2021 On Leave

    mjmccarr@buffalo.edu

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

    Teaching and Research Interests: All levels of Spanish language, literature, and composition. Spanish for special purposes. Experiential and active learning strategies. Inclusion and accessibility in the language classroom. Twentieth- and twenty-first century Peninsular Spanish Literature and Culture. Minority Languages. Catalan Poetry and Narrative. Gender and Sexuality Studies. Poetics. Inter-arts Studies. Critical Theory.

  • Justin Read.

    925 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2021 On Research Leave

    Phone: (716) 645-0878

    jread2@buffalo.edu

    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; Critical Border Studies; Political Theory; Latin American Cultural Theory; Post-Humanism and Media Theory; 19th and 20th century Latin American literature and culture; Critical theory; Poetics; Modernism and Avant-Garde; Argentina; Brazil; Mexico

    925 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2021 On Research Leave

    Phone: (716) 645-0878

    jread2@buffalo.edu

  • Stephanie Schmidt.

    909 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2021 On Research 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

    909 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2021 On Research Leave

    Phone: (716) 645-0864

    ss573@buffalo.edu

  • Margarita Vargas.

    903 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2021 On Research Leave

    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 2021 On Research Leave

    Phone: (716) 645-0859

    mvargas@buffalo.edu

Spanish Peninsular Literature and Culture Faculty