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Department of Spanish and Portuguese receives $533,000 federal grant for its graduate program

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Two Majors Win Stahr Awards
  • Spanish major Christine White (BA '15) and Spanish and Portuguese major Molly Zweig (BA '15) have been selected to receive two of only five 2015 Elvis J. Stahr Distinguished Senior Awards for their commitment to academic excellence combined with outstanding accomplishments in student leadership and service to Indiana University Bloomington. Christine and Molly will be presented with their awards at the Senior Awards Dinner on April 12, at the IMU.  

Department Mourns Passing of Prof. Sobrer

Department Mourns Passing of Prof. Dávila

4 Spanish majors honored in Indy


Professor Kimberly Geeslin, selected as Routledge’s Author of the Month

IU Spanish major, Christine White, receives prestigious national award as 2014 Truman Scholar

Shabani selected as a Future Faculty Teaching Fellow
  • Amina Shabani, Doctoral Student in the Department of
    Spanish and Portuguese, has been selected as a Future Faculty
    Teaching Fellow in the Department of Modern Languages,
    Literatures and Cultures at Butler University for 2014-15.

Israel Herrera, Lecturer in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, has been elected President of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, Indiana Chapter, for the term 2014-2016.
  • The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) promotes the study and teaching of the Spanish and Portuguese languages and their corresponding Hispanic, Luso-Brazilian and other related literatures and cultures at all levels of education. The AATSP encourages, supports and directs programs and research projects involving the exchange of pedagogical and scholarly information.

    Through extensive collaboration with educators, professionals, and institutions in other countries, the AATSP contributes to a better and deeper understanding between the United States and the Spanish-and Portuguese-speaking nations of the world.

    Among his plans as President of the association, Herrera will work with the Indiana Department of Education and the Indiana General Assembly to incorporate the Seal of Biliteracy in State School Districts, as well as to create an Indiana Stellar Teacher Award.

New Faculty Member
  • Ricardo Andrés Guzmán is a new Assistant Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese with a specialization in US Latino Literature and Culture. He received his PhD from the University of Arizona in 2013. His dissertation, entitled “From the Politics of Citizenship to Citizenship as Politics: On Universal Citizenship, Nation and the Figure of the Undocumented Immigrant,” looks at how ideas of citizenship and nation have been conceptualized in political thought ranging from the contexts of the French and American revolutions through contemporary philosophers, and re-examines key texts and important moments in both the history of Chicano nationalism and in the sociopolitical conflicts over immigration law in the US.  His doctoral research was aided by several awards including a Mellon Summer Dissertation Fellowship in 2012 and a tuition scholarship to attend the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University during the summer of 2010. He recently authored “From Highways to High-Rises: The Urbanization of Capital, Consciousness and Labor Struggle in Ken Loach's Bread and Roses,” which was published in the Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, v. 16 (2012), pp. 101-118.

New Faculty Member
  • Jonathan Risner is a new Assistant Professor in the
    Department of Spanish and Portuguese whose research and teaching focuses on Latin American Film, Literature, Cultural Studies, and Latina/o Film. He received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2012, and was a Visiting Assistant Professor at McDaniel College for 2012-13. His dissertation, "Blood Runs: The Circulation of Argentine Horror Cinema in Argentina and the United States," focuses on Argentine horror films and horror film culture and will serve as a point of departure for his first book project on contemporary Argentine horror cinema. His analysis centers on specific horror films for their projection of historical and contemporary sociopolitical allegories, including the 2001 economic collapse. In addition to several publications on Argentine horror cinema, Jonathan has written about Latina/o authenticity in graphic novels and comics.
    During his graduate research, he was the recipient of several awards including a Mellon Dissertation Fellowship.

Edgar Illas is recipient of "2013 North American Catalan Society Prize for Outstanding Work in Catalan Studies" for his book
  • Edgar Illas is recipient of "2013 North American Catalan Society Prize for Outstanding Work in Catalan Studies" for his book, Thinking Barcelona: Ideologies of a Global City, published by Liverpool University Press in 2012. The prize, which was awarded at the University of Toronto on May 24, 2013 during the Fourteenth Colloquium of the NACS, recognizes the best contribution to the field of Catalan Studies over the past three years made by scholars affiliated with North American universities.

Kinnally's thesis nominated for ProQuest distinguished dissertation award
  • Cara Kinnally's dissertation, "Writing America: Transnational Discourses of Empire, Race and Community Formation in Greater Mexico,” has been chosen as IU’s representative for the 2013 CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award competition in the Humanities and Fine Arts. Cara’s dissertation was chosen from a diverse and highly competitive group, as evidenced by the fact that each university is allowed to make one nomination in this category, Her nomination will be forwarded to a national competition.

Professor Herrera with the elected AEPE president
  • IUB Lecturer Israel Fernando Herrera has been elected Board Member of the AEPE (European Association of Teachers of Spanish) for 2013-16 and will serve as the US Representative for the organization. Herrera is a Lecturer in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and regular presenter in the AEPE annual Congress. He presented in the last AEPE congress that took place in Jaca, Aragon (Spain).

    The European Association of Teachers of Spanish is a professional organization that was created in 1967 at the International University Menéndez Pelayo of Santander (Spain).  It fosters the sharing of ideas related to Spanish-language research and pedagogy, as well as  promoting Hispanic culture and language in classroom teaching. Its members are teachers of Spanish working in Europe, Latin America and the USA.


Professor Darlene Sadlier is recipient of the College’s 2012 Distinguished Faculty Award
  • Darlene J. Sadlier
    Sadlier, Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, began her career at Indiana University in 1978. She has been director of the Department's Portuguese program for 32 years. Her books cover a wide range of subject matter that includes Lusophone literature, history, film and art.


Professor Kimberly Geeslin receives GSAC Faculty Mentor award.
  • Professor Kimberly Geeslin received the 2012 Spanish and Portuguese Graduate Student Advisory Committee Faculty Mentor Award in recognition of the diligent guidance and extensive support she has provided for graduate students both in and beyond the classroom.
Fafulas wins NSF dissertation enhancement award
  • Doctoral student Stephen Fafulas was awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation grant to support his dissertation research on second language acquisition under the supervision of Professor Kimberly Geeslin. His project, entitled “First and Second-Language Patterns of Variation: Acquisition and Use of Simple Present and Present Progressive Forms in Spanish and English” will include data from……

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The new volume of IU Working Papers in Linguistics is featuring the work of our graduate students in Hispanic Linguistics.

Undergraduate Spanish major and recent IU graduate, Rachel Geissler (BA ’13, Spanish and Anthropology) was awarded a prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Mexico for 2013-2014.



Archived NewsDonald Riskind article

  • The Spring 2008 issue of the IUF magazine, Matching the Promise, has a story on Donald Riskind, an alumnus that just created a fellowship in Spanish.  The article is called “En Español, Por Favor.”



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