Faculty

Interests: critical theory, religious literature, colonial historiography, subject formation, the Baroque, early capitalism, early modern institutions, maps

Molly Borowitz
Assistant Professor

Molly Borowitz works on spiritual and political subjecthood in early modern Spain and Spanish America and the relationship between 16th- and 17th-century literature and 20th- and 21st-century critical theory. Her interests include subject formation in the Baroque and colonial contexts, discursive representations of affective, mystical, and other forms of interior experience; aesthetic and cultural reflections of early capitalism, and the emergence of the modern State. She has published recently on rhetorical strategies in the writing of St. Teresa of Ávila. She received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 2019. At Georgetown, she teaches classes on early modern literature and culture.

Interests: Theoretical and comparative syntax, structure of the Noun Phrase in Balkan Romance as
well as in Greek and Albanian, left periphery in Spanish, dialect variation in Eastern
Romance, and interface between syntax and morphology

Héctor Campos
Associate Professor

Héctor Campos works on theoretical and comparative syntax within the paradigm of Universal Grammar, concentrating his research on the Romance languages. Some of his research topics are the structure of the Noun Phrase in Balkan Romance as well as in Greek and Albanian, left periphery in Spanish, dialect variation in Eastern Romance, and interface between syntax and morphology, among others. His latest publications include English Syntax and Universal Grammar, coauthored with Bùi Huỳnh Thủy Thương, from the National University of Vietnam and Discovering Albanian, Colloquial Albanian and Advancing in Albanian, coauthored with Dr. Linda Mëniku, from the University of Tirana, Albania. At Georgetown he directs the courses of Spanish for the professions: Advanced Spanish for Business, Advanced Spanish for the Health Sciences, as well as Spanish for Heritage Speakers and Gateway to Linguistics. During the summer, he teaches Syntax and Second Language Acquisition at the National University of Vietnam and at the International University in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Interests: African American literature, Caribbean literatures, women’s writing, contemporary women’s writing, representation of place and space in literature, second language acquisition, cognitive approaches to SLA and L2 reading comprehension proficiency.

Teresa Carbayo
Spanish Lecturer

Teresa Carbayo holds a B.A. in English from the University of Alcalá (Spain) and a M.A in Contemporary American and Postcolonial Literature from the University of Salamanca (Spain). After receiving her Master’s degree, she pursued her research on the intersection between gender, identity and place in African American and Caribbean literatures at graduate level. She is particularly interested in the representation of place and space in literature written by women in the 70s. In 2015, she received a grant as visiting researcher at Sorbonne University (France).
While in Paris, Teresa also worked as Spanish teacher and she developed an interest in cognitive approaches to L2 teaching, and notably in the use of literature and cinema as means of engaging the L2 learner. She earned a M.A in Teaching and Second Language Acquisition in 2017 and has worked as English teacher in Madrid for two years.

Interests: Language acquisition, language teaching, bilingualism, languages for specific purposes

Francisco Cornejo
Associate Teaching Professor

Francisco Cornejo joined the Georgetown University faculty in 1999 after nearly fifteen years of teaching languages and linguistics at Pontificia Universidad Católica of Ecuador. Since coming to Georgetown, he has taught courses in Spanish ranging from introductory to advanced levels, including Gateway to Linguistics, Gateway to Literature, and Gateway to Culture. He developed the Advanced Spanish for the Health Sciences course, which he teaches in the fall. He holds a Masters degree from Georgetown University and a Doctorado en Lenguas y Linguística from Universidad Católica. He is also a free-lance translator. His favorite activity is traveling.

Interests: Sociolinguistics, language variation and social meaning, language contact,
quantitative and qualitative methods in linguistic research, language attitudes, linguistic
landscapes, Spanish speakers in the USA, Chilean Spanish, forms of address.

Victor Fernández-Mallat
Assistant Professor

Professor Fernández-Mallat works on understanding the social and linguistics factors that affect language variation, and the various ways in which speakers use this variation to project their identities in interaction. His current research explores variation in forms of address (FOAs), particularly variation that occurs in Chilean Spanish and in dialectal contact situations in the U.S. In his research, he examines the social meaning granted to different FOAs and the role of identity projection and context in the variation of said forms. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Montreal in 2014. At Georgetown, he teaches courses on Spanish Sociolinguistics.

Interests: Corpus Linguistics,  Historical Linguistics, Historical Lexicography,  Paleography and Textual Transcription and Edition, Portuguese as a Foreign Language, Portuguese for Spanish Speakers,  Telecollaboration/Teletandem

Michael J. Ferreira
Associate Professor; Director, Portuguese Language Program; Co-Director, Rio de Janeiro Summer Program

Born in Manhattan, NY, and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Michael J. Ferreira received his doctoral degree in Hispanic Philology and Linguistics (2001) and his M.A. in Luso-Brazilian Literature (1994) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is Associate Professor of Philology and Linguistics, former Director of Graduate Studies for Spanish Linguistics and Director of the Portuguese Language Program. He is Coordinator of the Georgetown Teletandem Initiative and Coordinator of the DC Area Celpe-Bras Exam administered by the Brazilian Ministry of Culture. Recognized for his teaching by several institutions, Dr. Ferreira received the 2010 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and was voted three years in a row to be honored by the College Academic Council at Georgetown University. He is co-author of 501 Portuguese Verbs, 3rd edition (Hauppauge, N.Y.: Barron’s Educational Series, Inc., 2015), director of the Dictionary of the Old Portuguese Language Project, which started with the pilot project: A Lexicon of Selected Works Printed by Valentim Fernandes, 1496-1502 (2001), and editor of the Portuguese version of the Book of Marco Polo.

Interests: Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Comparative Literature, Manuscript Cultures, Book History, Medievalisms, Translation, Critical Theory, Gender Studies, Digital Humanities

Emily C. Francomano
Professor

Professor Francomano’s research revolves around three interrelated key subjects in medieval and Early Modern cultural production: translation, book history, and gender studies. She is particularly interested in how certain narratives, particularly those about gender identities, are told and re-told in many different literary and material forms, from medieval manuscripts and illuminations to film and digital remediations. Her work on translation history and theory runs parallel to her practice as a translator. Francomano’s research has been supported by the grants from the NEH, the ACLS, and a Fulbright Fellowship. 

Interests: Contemporary transatlantic literature and culture; sound studies; literary
journalism and new media; critical theory; nation and globalization; immigration and
travel

Tania Gentic
Associate Professor

Tania Gentic is Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and a core faculty member of the Comparative Literature Program. She holds a PhD in Hispanic Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and regularly teaches undergraduate courses on 19th-21st century Peninsular and Latin American literature, culture, and film. She also teaches comparative literature classes and graduate courses on critical theory, transatlantic literature and thought, and sound studies. She has published multiple articles and several books, including The Everyday Atlantic: Time, Knowledge, and Subjectivity in the Twentieth-Century Iberian and Latin American Newspaper Chronicle (SUNY 2013); Technology, Literature, and Digital Culture in Latin America: Mediatized Sensibilities in a Globalized Era (Routledge 2016), co-edited with Matthew Bush; and Imperialism and the Wider Atlantic: Essays on the Literature, Politics, and Aesthetics of Transatlantic Cultures (Palgrave MacMillan 2017), co-edited with Francisco LaRubia-Prado. Her current book project is on the culture and politics of sound in Barcelona.

Interests: Semantics, pragmatics, syntax semantics interface, Spanish, German

Elena Herburger
Associate professor

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Elena Herburger is a linguist specializing in semantics. Her research has investigated the relationship between quantificational structure and syntax and prosody (e.g. What counts: Focus and Quantification, MIT Press; 2000) and the semantics of negation, in particular negative concord and NPI-licensing (e.g. ‘The negative concord puzzle revisited’, Natural Language Semantics; 2001).  She has also worked on epistemic modality (‘Gradable possibility and epistemic comparison’, Journal of Semantics; 2019, with Aynat Rubinstein) and the semantics of conditional sentences (‘Bare conditionals in the red’ Linguistics and Philosophy; 2019). Elena Herburger studied at Vienna University and received her PhD from the University of Southern California in 1997.

Interests: Modern Latin America, especially poetry, visual culture, and gender studies.

Gwen Kirkpatrick
Professor

Recently she has taught contemporary novel, poetry and visual arts, Borges, and modern literature and culture. Previous courses include women’s studies, colonial studies, Mexico, American cultures, and all levels of language courses. She has worked at Ohio State, Wittenberg University, UArkansas, UCBerkeley, and Georgetown. Her fellowships include: Fulbright Research, NEH Stipend, NEH Summer Seminar, NEH Research Fellowship, UC Humanities Center (Convener), and a Ford Foundation grant (UCHRC). Service positions include: Director, Center for Latin American Studies (UCBerkeley) Chair, Department of Spanish and Portuguese (UCBerkeley and Georgetown).

Interests: Intellectual history, literary theory, animal studies, and Spanish and comparative literature (mainly from the Enlightenment to 21st-Century).

Francisco LaRubia-Prado
Professor

Francisco LaRubia-Prado (PhD Cornell University) is a Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He has also taught at Princeton University and at John Hopkins University. He has published and edited books on Miguel de Unamuno, José Ortega y Gasset, the Enlightenment, the Romantic period, Miguel de Cervantes, and intellectual history. His most recent books are in the fields of transatlantic studies (The Wider Atlantic. Co-edited with Tania Gentic, 2017) and animal studies and comparative literature (The Horse in Literature and Film, 2017). He has published many essays on literary and cultural issues ranging from the Middle Ages to today. His current project is a book on the cultural impact of spectacles, from reality shows to carnivals.

Interests: Language curriculum development, teacher education, Instructed Language Learning, psycholinguistics, cognitive processes in language learning, research methodology, and CALL

Ronald P. Leow
Professor

Ronald P. Leow is Professor of Applied Linguistics, Director of Spanish Language Instruction and Spanish Language Institute (Summer), and Director of Graduate Studies in Linguistics in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Georgetown University.  His areas of expertise include language curriculum development, teacher education, Instructed Language Learning, psycholinguistics, cognitive processes in language learning, research methodology, and CALL.  Professor Leow has published extensively in prestigious journals that include Studies in Second Language AcquisitionLanguage LearningApplied PsycholinguisticsSecond Language ResearchHispania, and The Modern Language Journal.  He has co-edited several books together with his single-authored 2015 book titled “Explicit learning in the L2 Classroom: A student-centered approach” (Routledge) and his edited Routledge Handbook of second language research in classroom learning that recently appeared in 2019.

Interests: Second language acquisition by adult learners, teaching methodologies that enhance the learning of culture, and the use and impact of Spanglish

Ana Levenson
Assistant Professor of Teaching

Since joining Georgetown University in 1998, Ana Levenson has taught all Spanish Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced courses. She received her Master’s Degree in Spanish Linguistics at the University of Southern California where she also defended her dissertation proposal. She is also the author of Gramática española para estudiantes de inglés, a book used in multiple universities across the country that helps Spanish speakers in learning English grammar.

Interests: Modern Latin American literature, film and music within global contexts

Adam Lifshey
Professor

Adam Lifshey teaches modern Latin American literature, film and music within global contexts.  His research first focused on literature in Spanish from Equatorial Guinea (in West Africa) and then the Philippines, but he now centers his work within Taiwanese cultural studies.

Interests: Women writers, narratives of displacement, memory and history, national identity. 

Sarah Lucena
Assistant Teaching Professor

Sarah Lucena completed her PhD in Romance Languages at the University of Georgia in 2019. She specializes in contemporary Brazilian literature, and her primary research interest focuses on the making of the female regional identity of women from the Northeast Brazil. Other research interests include Lusophone women writers, narratives of displacement, and questions on national identity. She has published on memory and history in literature as well as on women writers. In previous years, she has worked with the Portuguese Flagship Program at Middlebury Summer Language Schools and Universidad de Cádiz in Spain. At Georgetown, she teaches Portuguese and Spanish.    

Interests: Spanish phonology, second language acquisition of phonetics
and phonology, study abroad, and constraint-based approaches to linguistics

Alfonso Morales-Front
Associate Professor

Professor Morales-Front earned a B.A. at the Universitat Central de Barcelona and a M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese for nine years and is currently the director of the Quito Summer Program and the co-director of the Spanish Summer Institute. He has recently co-edited the Routledge Handbook of Study Abroad: Research and Practice (Routledge, 2018) and Luso-Hispanic Linguistics: Current Issues and New Directions (Benjamins, Forthcoming). His two most recent articles are Voice Onset Time in Advanced SLA (2018) and The Spanish Syllable (2018).

Interests: Sociolinguistics, Critical Discourse Analysis, Language and Identity (national identity and the Other), Latinx Identity, Spanish in the US, Bilingualism, Spanish in contact (Latin America, Spain, Judeo-Spanish, Equatorial Guinea and Philippines), Language Variation, Community-Based Learning, Critical Pedagogy.

María Cristobalina Moreno González
Professor of Teaching

María C. Moreno, Ph.D. works on Critical Discourse Analysis and Spanish Sociolinguistics, focusing on the US, Spain and also Latin America. She has a particular interest in Latinx identity, media representation and the unequal distribution of power, status, and material goods. Her goal in teaching critical sociolinguistics is social change for the common good. She has also published on historical linguistics, in particular about Politeness and Address Forms. She worked for her Ph.D. dissertation under Robin Lakoff’s guidance at UC Berkeley and Universidad Complutense de Madrid.  At Georgetown, she teaches courses on Spanish Sociolinguistics, Advanced level Spanish and Community-Based Learning classes, such as “Spanish in the Community” with the Center for Social Justice.

Interests: Portuguese Language

Sandra Pires
Portuguese Lecturer, Instituto Camões

Sandra Pires is the Portuguese Lecturer of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. For more information about the Portuguese Lectureship and the Camões Institute, please visit the Instituto Camões website.

Interests: Collaborative and participatory research methodologies, indigenous interpretations of history, and race

Joanne Rappaport
Professor

Joanne Rappaport, Professor of Latin American Literature and Cultural Studies, is an interdisciplinary scholar originally trained as an anthropologist. Her interests include collaborative and participatory research methodologies, indigenous interpretations of history, and race. Her books include The Politics of Memory (1990), Cumbe Reborn (1994), Intercultural Utopias (2005), The Disappearing Mestizo (2012), and the forthcoming Cowards Don’t Make History, as well two co-authored books: ¿Qué pasaría si la escuela…? (2004) with the Consejo Regional Indígena del Cauca and Beyond the Lettered City (2012), with Tom Cummins, which received the Bryce Wood Book Award and the Kathleen Singer Kovacs Prize. She served as President of the Latin American Studies Associaiton.

Interests: Brazilian literature and culture, Carlos Drummond de Andrade, Latin American avant-garde, Latin American literature, Brazilian cinema, Brazilian popular music, literature and economics, soccer and culture, the enlightenment, luxury and material culture, Portuguese as a heritage language, Portuguese as a Foreign language, children literature. 

Vivaldo Santos
Associate Professor

Vivaldo Santos works on Brazilian literature and culture, and currently he is interested in studying the intersection of literature and economics and on the debate about luxury and material culture during the XVIII century in the Luso-Brazilian context. He has a particular interest in the representation of money, greed, debt, wealth, stock-market in literature; the idea of luxury in philosophical texts published by Luso-Brazilian thinkers during the Enlightenment, the beginning of capitalism and the development of industry in both Brazil and Portugal. He has also published on Brazilian poetry and fiction and Brazilian popular music. He completed his PhD at Berkeley in 2000. He has been at Georgetown since 1999, where he teaches courses on Portuguese language, Brazilian cinema, Brazilian culture, Latin America cultural studies, and on the Brazilian Amazon. 

Interests: Multilingualism across the lifespan, individual differences and learning contexts’ interactions, curricular design and implementation with/out technology, study abroad, research methods


Cristina Sanz
Professor & Chair 

Cristina Sanz (Lic. UBarcelona, PhD UIUC) teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on bilingualism and cognition and on teaching methods and has published over eighty articles and book chapters on those topics. Sanz has taught graduate courses in Europe and Asia and has educated generations of teachers for over 20 years. She has been a consultant for private and public institutions like the UN, the Instituto Cervantes, and CIEE. Her 2005 volume received the MLA’s Mildenberger Award; she is also the recipient of the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence. She has recently co-edited the Routledge Handbook of Study Abroad Research and Practice (2018).

Interests: Spanish literature and film, national identity, Romani studies

Bohumira Smidakova
Assistant Professor of Teaching

Bohumira Smidakova works on the interrelation between the representation of the Gypsy figure in the cinema and the shaping of the Spanish national identity during Franco era and the transition to democracy. She has published on the Romani flamenco dancer, Carmen Amaya, and participated in RomArchive, an international digital archive for the Roma cultural production, specifically on the film section. She completed her PhD at Georgetown University in 2016, and had previously worked at the George Washington University. At Georgetown, she teaches Spanish language courses and is in charge of the Spanish floor.

Interests: Second language acquisition, Spanish linguistics

Anne Thinglum
Assistant Professor of Teaching

Anne Thinglum completed a PhD at Georgetown in Spanish linguistics, graduating in 2014. She specialized in second language acquisition and wrote her dissertation on the depth of processing of grammatical and lexical items. She worked as a clinical assistant professor of Spanish at The Catholic University of America for three years before happily returning to Georgetown as an assistant teaching professor of Spanish. Dr. Thinglum stays involved in research by publishing yearly; she also enjoys having time to devote to developing activities that her students request for help with listening and reading comprehension. A native of Chicago, she has lived in MD for 14 years and has three children.

Interests: Catalan language & linguistics, language planning, dialectology, minoritized languages, standard language, language ideology, sociolinguistics

Amanda Ulldemolins Subirats
Catalan Lecturer

Amanda Ulldemolins Subirtas graduated summa cum laude with a Ph.D. in Catalan Language and Literature from the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 2018 with an International Mention honorary qualification. She also holds a combined master’s degree in Advanced Studies in Catalan Language and Literature from the University of Barcelona and the Autonomous University of Barcelona since 2014. She obtained her bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in Catalan philology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 2013. She taught Catalan and Spanish at the University of North Carolina of Chapel Hill during the 2014-2015 academic year. Currently, she is the Catalan lecturer for the Institut Ramon Llull at Georgetown University. During the 2019 Spring semester, she is teaching two courses: SPAN-246 Catalan Culture & Society (in English) and SPAN-007 Introduction to Catalan.

Interests: Comparative Literature, Literature and Philosophy, Literary Theory, Utopian Studies and Environmental Studies

Patrícia Vieira
Associate Professor

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Patrícia Vieira is Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, at Georgetown University. Her fields of expertise are Comparative Literature, Literature and Philosophy, Literary Theory, Utopian Studies and Environmental Studies. Her latest books is States of Grace: Utopia in Brazilian Culture (2018). She has published numerous articles in the fields of study, as well as op-eds in The New York Times, the LA Review of Books and The European, among others. For more information: http://www.patriciavieira.net

Interests: Culture, Language and Literature

Maria Wear
Assistant Professor of Teaching


Maria Wear is an assistant teaching professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese in the College.

Interests: Contemporary Spanish Film and Literature; Spanish Cultural History; Fascist Aesthetics; Film and Media Theory; Critical Theory.

Alejandro Yarza
Associate Professor of Spanish/Core Faculty of the Film and Media Studies Program

Alejandro Yarza is associate professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and Core Faculty of the Film and Media Studies program. He teaches Spanish film, contemporary Spanish literature, cultural history and critical theory. A native of Spain, he received his doctorate from the University of California at Irvine. Primarily, his research deals with the relationship between culture and politics in Francoist and post-Francoist Spain.

Teaching Faculty

Magali de Brito Spiker

Guadalupe Cuestas

Marta Gonzalez de la Pena

Gina Malagold

Monica Simorangkir

Ximena Suarez

Rina Tseng