Hispanic Studies

Luisa Briones-Manzano, Visiting Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies

B.A., Complutense University; M.A., Bowling Green State University; Ph.D., Boston College
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Areas of expertise: film and media culture in the 20th and 21st century; historical memory in Spanish film and narrative; film adaptation; gender studies

Luisa Briones-Manzano's research and teaching interests are Iberian literatures and cultures with a special emphasis on contemporary Spanish film and visual studies. She is particularly interested in exploring the development of Spanish identity (multicultural and gender aspects) through the relationship between literature and cinema and the ways in which film adaptations of literary texts reinterpret social, cultural and political criticisms. Briones-Manzano earned her bachelor’s degree in modern philology from the Universidad Complutense of Madrid in Spain, her master’s in Hispanic studies from Bowling Green State University and her doctorate in romance languages and literatures at Boston College.

Jessica Burke, Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies

B.A., Vanderbilt University; M.A. and Ph.D., Princeton University
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Areas of expertise: Latin American literature, Mexican literature and culture and gender studies

Jessica Burke's research and teaching interests include Latin American literature and culture with a special emphasis on Mexico. She has taught at Princeton and Rutgers University and has lived and studied in Spain, Argentina and Mexico. Burke received her doctorate in Spanish and Portuguese languages and cultures from Princeton University in 2005.

Jessica Gordon-Burroughs, Visiting Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies

B.A., M.A., M.Phil and Ph.D., Columbia University
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Areas of expertise: Latin American book culture, media studies, film

Jessica Gordon-Burroughs' research and teaching focuses on book and film materiality and media studies in Latin America. Her manuscript “Printing Presses, Typographers, and the Reader as People: State Publishing in Cuba, Chile and Venezuela from 1960 to the Present” reconstructs the hallowed, yet troubled, status of the state-sponsored book in those countries. She used period sources, critical essays, fiction, photography and film, to research the work, a portion of which was published in the peer-reviewed journal A Contracorriente. Gordon-Burroughs currently is researching the material (and im-material) lives of film objects in Latin/o American film archives. She received her doctorate and bachelor's degree from Columbia University. 

Mihyang Cecilia Hwangpo, Chair, Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies

B.A., Lehman College; M.A., M. Phil. and Ph.D., Yale University
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Areas of expertise: Latin American literature and culture, early 20th-century Argentinean and Cuban theatre and essay

Cecilia Hwangpo's main area of specialization is the discourses of national identity in Argentina and Cuba in the early 20th century. Her research interests are Latin American literature and culture, 20th-century theatre, el sainete criollo and essay. Her published articles include "Indagación del choteo: un llamado para el cambio en el modo de ser cubano," "José Antonio Ramos y la identidad nacional cubana: sentido, lenguaje y espacio" and "Los inmigrantes: el otro en el teatro argentino de principios del siglo XX."  She joined the Hamilton faculty in 1998, after earning a doctorate from Yale University.

Paul Norberg, Visiting Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies

B.A., University of San Francisco; M.A. and Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
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Areas of expertise: 20th- and 21st-century Spanish Peninsular literature and history, popular culture and technology and literature

Paul Norberg's research focuses on contemporary Spanish literature and its intersection with popular culture, Spanish history and modes of representing reality. He has taught language and literature courses at U.C. Berkeley and at a summer program in Madrid, Spain. Norberg received his bachelor's degree in English literature and Spanish literature at the University of San Francisco in 2002 and his master's degree and doctorate in Hispanic languages and literatures at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2012.

Edna Rodriguez-Plate, Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies

B.A., University of Puerto Rico; M.A., Purdue University; Ph.D., Emory University
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Areas of expertise: Hispanic cinema, contemporary Hispanic Caribbean literature and culture, Cuban studies

Edna M. Rodríguez-Plate's research and teaching begin with basic questions about identity, from individual identities to a collective social-national identity: How are identities constructed, represented and contested culturally, in films, literature and the mass media? How is ideology produced and how does it affect our sense of the world, our world? Rodríguez-Plate is the author of Lydia Cabrera and the Construction of an Afro-Cuban Cultural Identity, and several articles on Cuban film and Caribbean literature. She completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Puerto Rico, did master’s work at Purdue University and earmed her doctorate at Emory University.

Joana Sabadell-Nieto, Professor of Hispanic Studies

M.A./B.A., University of Navarra; M.A., University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
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Areas of expertise: feminist and gender studies, cultural criticism and Spanish poetry, narrative, urban studies and literature

Joana Sabadell-Nieto specializes in the recent literatures of Spain with an emphasis on feminist and gender theory and on women's writing. Sabadell-Nieto is a researcher at the Women and Literature Center of the University of Barcelona, where she studies community representations in postmodern women writers and filmmakers. She has published several collections of essays and written two books. Fragmentos de sentido. La identidad transgresora de Jaime Gil de Biedma examines the successful homographesis during the dictatorship of one of Spain's most famous poets. Desbordamientos/ Overflowings is an analysis of feminist interventions in today's culture.

Xavier Tubau, Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies

B.A. and Ph.D., Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
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Areas of expertise: early modern Hispanic literature and culture

Xavier Tubau’s current research explores different types of political propaganda during the empire of Charles V. At Hamilton, he teaches courses on contemporary and early modern Spanish literature and culture. He received his doctorate in Spanish literature from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in 2008 and was a “Ramón y Cajal” Postdoctoral Fellow at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona before coming to Hamilton in 2013.

Maria Willstedt, Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies

B.A. and M.A., Abo Akademi University; M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D., Yale University
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Areas of expertise: Medieval Spanish literature and culture

Maria Willstedt's specialization is medieval Spanish literature and culture. Her main areas of interest are medieval and Golden Age short narrative genres, especially the framed-tale tradition, and 18th-century Spanish medievalism (first editions). She earned her doctorate in Spanish literature from Yale University and her bachelor's and master's degrees in in Latin and romance languages from Abo Akademi, Finland. Before coming to Hamilton Willstedt taught at Florida State University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Maria Gabriela Portal, Teaching Fellow in Hispanic Studies

B.A., I.F.DN° 5 “José Eugenio Tello”.Jujuy, Argentina
Areas of expertise: foreign language teaching methods and English as a second language

Maria Gabriela Portal earned her bachelor degree in English teaching from the Teaching Training College Nº5 "Jose Eugenio Tello" in Jujuy, a small province in northwest Argentina. She previously worked in high schools, English language schools and technical colleges in her hometown teaching English as a foreign language. Portal also taught socio-literary studies at an English Training College in Humahuaca, an aboriginal town in the north of her province. She participated in the Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant Program 2010-11. Portal was a member of the Teachers of English Association committee in Jujuy which organized seminars, conferences and cultural events. She is interested in continuing education courses about teaching methodologies, learning foreign languages, and Quechua Runasimi studies.

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