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Iberian and Latin American Literatures and Cultures

The Iberian and Latin American Literatures and Cultures track addresses the broad range of linguistic and cultural contacts that currently comprise our field.  This track allows students to complete their primary coursework in Portuguese or Spanish, and then choose a second specialization in the literature and culture in a language that is not Spanish or Portuguese. This could be Nahuatl, French, Arabic, German, Maya K'iche, Chinese, Amazonian languages, African languages, etc.   

The entering student must hold a bachelor's degree with a major in Spanish or Portuguese or must demonstrate equivalent knowledge. In either case, all students must demonstrate proficiency in a second language. In Tracks 1 and 3 (see above), the second language may be any language other than English that is relevant to the student's proposed field of study and is approved by the graduate advisor. Students in the second track must choose Spanish or Portuguese as the second language. This requirement may be fulfilled by exam, previous credit, or 10-12 hours of additional coursework.


  • Iberian and Latin American Visual and Media Studies
  • Cognitive Cultural Studies
  • Colonizing and Decolonizing Studies
  • Critical Indigenous Studies
  • Gender and Sexuality in Latin America, Spain and related diasporas
  • Caribbean Cultural Studies
  • Afro-Latino & Afro-Caribbean Studies
  • Creative Writing


  • Queer Cinema in Latin America and Spain
  • Visual Media Cultures in Spain
  • Critical Indigenous Studies
  • Creative Non-Fiction Writing
  • Cultural Tropicalities
  • Writing and Gender in the Spanish Speaking World
  • Latin American Studies Writing Seminar
  • Melodrama in Latin America
  • De-Colonizing Acts and Arts
  • Caribbean Afterlives


  • Vassar College
  • University of South Carolina
  • The Ohio State University
  • Wake Forest
  • Trinity College
  • University of Tennessee

Core Faculty

Jossianna Arroyo-Martínez

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

Jason Borge

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

Luis E. Cárcamo-Huechante

Sound studies, radio, and media ecologies; colonialism, capitalism, and patriarchy; decolonizing methodologies; Indigenous aesthetics and politics; Native territories and diasporas; the Mapuche movement and Abiayala. 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

Héctor Domínguez-Ruvalcaba

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

Michael P Harney

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

Naomi Lindstrom

Gender and the Study of Latin American Literature, Literary Translation, Transnational Studies, Sociology of the Arts, Jewish Life in the Americas

Kelly McDonough

Critical Indigenous Studies; Nahua Intellectual History; Indigenous Science, Technology, and Society; Digital Humanities

Jorge Pérez

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

Gabriela Polit

Spanish Creative Writing; contemporary women's literary and film production

Cory A Reed

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

Sonia Roncador

Luso-Brazilian literatures and cultures; labor studies, care work, and servitude in Brazil; migration and inter-diasporic studies; medical humanities; critical race, whiteness and gender theories; trans-Atlantic and Hemispheric cultural studies.


For administrative matters and logistical inquiries: Graduate Coordinator, Josephine Foster

Concerning academic aspects of the program: Graduate Adviser Dr. Kelly McDonough