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Jossianna Arroyo-Martínez

Professor of Latin American and Caribbean Literatures and Cultures, Depts. Spanish and Portuguese, African and African Diaspora Studies |
512.232.4536 / 512.471.7284 |
BEN 3.120 / BEN 2.116D

Education: Ph.D., 1998, Hispanic Languages and Literatures, University of California at Berkeley

Interests: Latin American, Caribbean, Luso-Brazilian & Afro-Diasporic Literatures & Cultures; race, gender & sexuality in colonial & postcolonial societies; Latin American literature, ethnography and sociology.

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Jason Borge

Professor of Latin American Literary and Cultural Studies |
512-232-4542 |
BEN 3.136

Education: Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Interests: Latin American popular music and sound studies, including Brazil; film and media studies; transnational American Studies; early-to-mid 20th century cultural history; literary and cultural vanguards; new jazz studies

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Luis Cárcamo-Huechante

Associate Professor; Director of Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) at UT; Advisory Council of the LGBTQ Studies Program at UT |
BEN 3.146 (Spanish and Portuguese); SAC 4.132 (NAIS)

Education: PhD, Cornell University

Interests: Sound studies, radio, and media ecologies; colonialism; decolonizing methodologies; Indigenous aesthetics and politics of languages and knowledge; native territories and diasporas; the Mapuche movement. Race, gender & sexuality. Neoliberalism, literature, and market culture. Human rights,, social justice, and the arts. Poetry, urban chronicle and fiction, with emphasis in the Andes and Southern Cone of Latin America

Debbie Cifuentes Ramirez


Education: MA, The University of Texas at Austin

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Héctor Domínguez-Ruvalcaba

Professor |
BEN 3.130

Education: Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder

Interests: Queer Studies, Studies of Violence, Border Studies in Literature, Film, and the Arts.

Carolyn Dunlap

Lecturer |
512.232.4540 |
MEZ 4.142

Education: Ph.D. Ibero-Romance philology and linguistics, The University of Texas at Austin

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María Luisa Echavarría

Lecturer |
BEN 3.102

Education: PhD, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: International Business, Language & Culture, Heritage Language Learners, Spanish for Healthcare Providers.

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Vivian Flanzer

Senior Lecturer & Portuguese Language Program Director |
512.232.4522 |
MEZ 4.138

Education: PhD, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Cross-cultural pragmatics; Foreign Language Education; Language teaching, culture and technology; Creation of pedagogical materials; Brazilian culture and society; Language, ethnicity and identity

Joshua Frank


Education: PhD, The University of Texas at Austin

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Michael P Harney

Professor |
BEN 3.148

Education: Ph.D.-Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley

Interests: Medieval and Renaissance Spanish Literature, Comparative literature, literary theory, cultural theory.

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Jae A Johnson

Senior Lecturer |
MEZ 4.114

Education: Ph.D.- Medieval Spanish literature, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Service learning in Foreign Language courses

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Orlando R. Kelm

Associate Professor |
512.232.4534 |
MEZ 4.146

Education: Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Interests: The teaching of foreign language for professional purposes, Use of technology in foreign language education, Portuguese and Spanish phonetics, Applied linguistics.

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Dale A. Koike

Professor Emeritus |
512.232.4508 |
BEN 3.108

Education: Ph.D., University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

Interests: Pragmatics in Native and Non-native Talk; Second and Third Language Acquisition; Interaction in SLA; Heritage Language Learners

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Lorraine Leu

Associate Professor |
512.232.4518 |
BEN 4.146

Education: Ph.D., King's College, University of London

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Naomi Lindstrom

Gale Family Foundation Professor in Jewish Arts and Culture; Professor of Spanish and Portuguese; Director, Gale Collaborative on Jewish Life in the Americas, Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies |
BEN 4.144

Education: Ph. D., Arizona State University

Interests: Gender and the Study of Latin American Literature, Literary Translation, Jewish Life in the Americas, and Sociology of the Arts.

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Marta E. Luján

Professor Emeritus |
BEN 3.138

Interests: Hispanic and Romance Linguistics; Syntactic and Semantic Theories; Bilingualism.

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Sean Manning

Lecturer |
512.232.4521 |
BEN 3.106

Education: PhD, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Hispanic Literature, Literary Apprenticeship, Translation Studies

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Kelly McDonough

(on leave)
Associate Professor, Program in Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS), Director of LLILAS Benson Indigenous Languages Initiative |
BEN 3.142

Education: Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Interests: Critical Indigenous Studies; Latin American Literatures and Native Intellectual Histories, with emphasis on Mexico from Spanish colonialism to the present; Ethnohistory (Nahuatl Studies); Indigenous Science, Technology, and Society; Digital Humanities

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Jocelly G. Meiners

Lecturer |
512.232.4531 - No voicemail please. Contact me by email if I don't answer the phone. |
BEN 4.128

Education: PhD, Hispanic Linguistics, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Pragmatics in Second Language Acquisition, Heritage Spanish learners and pedagogy, Creating and promoting Open Educational Resources, Spanish in the US and language maintenance, Spanish for Health Care professionals

Delia L Montesinos

Distinguished Sr Lecturer |
512.232.4526 |
BEN 3.128

Education: PhD, University of Texas at Austin

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Melissa D Murphy

Senior Lecturer & Spanish Language Program Director |
512-232-7126 |
BEN 4.136

Education: Ph.D. Romance Linguistics, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Diachronic Romance linguistics; grammaticalization; tense, mood and aspect; second-language acquisition

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Irma Celina Nevárez

Senior Lecturer |
512-232-4541 |
MEZ 4.134

Education: M.Ed. Concentration in Cognitive Development, Instituto Tecnólogico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, México

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Chiyo Nishida

Associate Professor |
512-232-4514 |
BEN 3.124

Education: Ph.D.-Linguistics, University of Arizona

Interests: Spanish morphosyntax

Mina Ogando Lavin

Lecturer |
512.232.4528 |
MEZ 4.140

Education: M.A.-Apllied Linguistic Spanish as a Foreign Language, Universidad Antonio de Nebrija Madrid

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Jorge Pérez

Peter T. Flawn Centennial Professor |
512-471-7284 |
BEN 4.130

Education: Ph.D., University of California at Santa Barbara

Interests: 20th and 21st century Spanish cinema, novel, and popular culture; queer culture and theory; Latin American cinema

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Alida Perrine


Education: Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Black feminisms; race and racism; gender and sexuality; Brazil; cultural studies; social media; visual media; children's literature

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Gabriela Polit

Professor |
512.232.4539 |
BEN 4.118

Education: Ph.D., New York University

Lito Porto

Senior Lecturer |
512.232.4530 |
BEN 3.144

Education: Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

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Rose M. Potter

Lecturer |
512.232.8018 |
BEN 4.116

Interests: Student Centered, Inductive Language Learning The Five E’s Lesson Design Spanish for Interpreters and Health Care Providers

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Silvia D Ramírez

Lecturer |
512.232.4520 |
MEZ 4.132

Education: Licenciado en Psicología, UNAM, México

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Cory A Reed

Associate Professor |
BEN 4.140

Education: Ph.D., Princeton University

Interests: Cervantes, Spanish Drama, Early Modern Mediterranean World, Transatlantic Studies, Cognitive Studies, and Comparative Literature

Pablo Reinoso-Andrés

MAEC-AECID Lecturer |
BEN 3.110

Education: MA in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language, UIMP - Instituto Cervantes

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Sergio Romero

Associate Professor |
512-232-4532 |
BEN 4.104

Education: Ph.D. Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania

Interests: Language variation and change; language contact; new dialect formation; deixis, discourse and social hierarchies; linguistic anthropology, language and ritual, Mayan languages, Nahuatl.

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Sonia Roncador

Associate Professor |
512.232.4525 |
BEN 3.132

Education: Ph. D., New York University

Interests: Luso-Brazilian literatures and cultures; gender and race; questions of immigration, domestic servitude, and women’s education; Brazilian and Trans-Atlantic cultural studies.

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César A. Salgado

Associate Professor |
512.232.4517 |
BEN 3.140

Education: Ph.D., Yale University

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Sandro Sessarego

Associate Professor |
512.232.2283 |
BEN 3.138

Education: Ph.D., The Ohio State University

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Nicolas Shumway

Professor Emeritus

BEN 2.116

Education: Ph.D.-Spanish Language and Literature, University of California, Los Angeles

Interests: Spanish-American literature, Intellectual History.

Shelly McCraw Smartt

Lecturer/Course Supervisor SPN601D

Education: MA, Texas A&M University-Commerce

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Madeline Sutherland-Meier

Associate Professor |
512.232.4513 |
BEN 4.134

Education: Ph.D.-Spanish Literature, University of California, San Diego

Interests: The Romancero; Medieval, Golden Age, and eighteenth-century literature, the Spanish periodical press, disability studies

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Almeida Jacqueline Toribio

Professor |
BEN 3.150

Education: Ph.D., 1993, Linguistics, Cornell University

Interests: Bilingualism and Language Contact, Morphology, Syntax, Sociolinguistics, Caribbean Studies, US Latino and Border Studies, Afro-Latin American and African Studies

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Sarah Jey Whitehead

Assistant Professor of Instruction |
512.232.2227 I don't use my voicemail. Please contact me through email if I don't pick up. |
BEN 4.126

Education: Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Foreign Language Pedagogy, Curriculum Design, Concept-Based Language Instruction, Epistemology, Conversation Analysis, Discourse Analysis, Ecology Theory, Critical Theory

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    The University of Texas at Austin
    BEN 2.116
    150 W. 21st Street, Stop B3700
    Austin, TX 78712-1155
    Advising & Registration: 512-232-4506/512-232-4503; Graduate Coordinator: 512-232-4502