Spanish and Spanish for Heritage Speakers

2017-18 General Catalog

Languages and Applied Linguistics
218 Cowell College
(831) 459-2054

Program Statement | Spanish Course Descriptions | Spanish for Heritage Speakers Course Descriptions

Faculty and Professional Interests


Jorge Aladro Font (Literature)
Spanish mysticism, theory and historical developments of imagery in the Middle Ages to the baroque period, Renaissance and baroque Hispanic literature, Italian ideas in the Spanish Renaissance, Cervantes

Julianne Burton-Carvajal, Emerita (Literature)

Norma Klahn, Emerita (Literature)

Lourdes Martínez-Echazábal (Latin American and Latino Studies)
Latin American and Caribbean literatures; Afro-Latin American literatuers, cultures, and societies; found[n]ational narratives; Brazilian literature; literatuers of Cuba and the Cuban diaspora, cinema and social change in Cuba; critical race theory, queer literature and cinema in Latin America

Juan Poblete (Literature)
Latin(o) American literatures; transnational/global cultures (literature, radio, film); Latin(o) American cultural studies; 19th-century studies; the history of reading practices

Associate Professor

Eve Zyzik
Second language acquisition, heritage languages, Spanish linguistics, cognitive and usage-based theory, language pedagogy, content-based instruction

Assistant Professor

Mark Amengual
Bilingualism and language contact; acoustic phonetics; sociophonetics; L2 acquisition; language variation and change; Spanish and Romance linguistics

Amanda Smith (Literature)
Contemporary Latin American literatures; indigeneity and shamanism; ecocritical theory; geocriticism; space and mapping

Zac Zimmer (Literature)
Contemporary and comparative colonial-contemporary Latin American literatures and cultural studies; science and technology in society; politics, aesthetics and technology; new media; science fiction

Teaching Professor

Maria Victoria González-Pagani
Language teaching methodology; Spanish syntax; computer-assisted foreign language learning; Latin American cultural studies, especially women's contributions


Ignacio Aznar, Emeritus

Byron Barahona
Language acquisition and teaching methodology, Latin American literature and culture

Olga Martinez-Guerrero
Language acquisition and teaching methodology; Spanish vocabulary; cultural and social aspects of the Spanish language; Spanish literature as a resource for language teaching; Spanish for specific purposes: medical Spanish

Marta Navarro
Spanish language pedagogy for heritage speakers and non-native speakers; theater; Mexican popular culture

Ariel Pérez
Language acquisition and teaching methodology, computer-assisted language learning, teaching language for proficiency, oral proficiency assessment; Latin American current affairs

Alvaro Romero-Marco
Spanish literature of the 19th- and 20th-centuries; film, cultural studies

Revised: 09/01/17