Isabel Castro Escudero Hired as FT Lecturer at Tufts

July 3rd, 2018 in News, News Summer 2018.

Isabel Castro Escudero, a 2012 PhD graduate of our Hispanic Language & Literatures program, has been hired as a full-time lecturer in the Romance Studies Department at Tufts University, beginning in fall 2018.

Isabel says of her new position:

I am excited to start my job as a Lecturer at Tufts University because teaching the literatures and cultures of Spain and Latin America is an enduring passion of mine and because I am going to be part of transformative experiences such as Community Based Learning, which motivate students to perceive the real value of studying a second language.

Congratulations, Isabel!

Jose Luis Nogales Presents at Sergio Pitol Roundtable

July 2nd, 2018 in News, News Summer 2018.

José Luis Nogales, seated at right, presenting at the Sergio Pitol Roundtable

José Luis Nogales, a PhD student in our Hispanic Language & Literatures program, was invited to speak at a roundtable in honor of the late Mexican writer Sergio Pitol. The roundtable was held June 26 at the Villaurrutia Center for Literary Creation, which belongs to the National Institute of Fine Arts. Nogales spoke alongside literary critic Héctor Orestes Aguilar and Mexican film actor Arturo Beristáin.

Jeff Kline Publishes Translation of the Fortunes of France

June 14th, 2018 in News.

Pushkin Press has announced the publication of Professor T. Jefferson Kline’s translation of the fourth volume (League of Spies) of Robert Merle’s epic saga the Fortunes of France.

Full information available on the publisher’s website.
Book Cover

Boris Corredor to Become Full-Time Faculty Member

May 31st, 2018 in News, News Summer 2018.

The Romance Studies Department is pleased to announce that Dr. Boris Corredor, a long-time part-time lecturer in the department, will join the ranks of our full-time faculty in the fall 2018 term.

Boris Corredor holds a Ph.D. from Boston University in Hispanic Language and Literature and a B.A. in History from Universidad del Valle (Cali, Colombia). He has taught language, literature, and culture courses at several institutions, including Dartmouth College and Tufts University. His research interests include Golden Age and Latin American Colonial literary and cultural studies. He also studies the importance of culture in the process of language learning.

Corredor expressed his excitement about joining the full-time faculty, saying that:

I am very thrilled to join the Department of Romance Studies as a full-time Spanish lecturer. Serving this community as a part-time instructor for many years has given me the opportunity to learn from my colleagues and students, expand my own teaching experience, and better understand the mission and objectives of the Spanish section.  I look forward to contributing in my full capacity to the common goal of attracting and exposing students to the cultural heterogeneity of Spanish-speaking communities around the globe.

His full profile can be found here.

Thank-You to Students and Staff

May 20th, 2018 in News, News Spring 2018.


Many thanks to all of our student volunteers and staff for all of their work on the Romance Studies 2018 Commencement!


May 18th, 2018 in News, News Spring 2018.

Romance Studies Class of 2018

2018 Commencement Full Class

Students from top left to bottom right: Josephine Omolola Amusa, Jonathan Hauser,Sandra Rogosic, Perry Robinson, Benjamin Hammer, Holly Marshall,Yuan (Amy) Zhao,Omally Martinez,Giuseppe Leonelli, Christine Magill, Yubai Shi, Maricarmen Rivera,Frania Navarro, Maya Kammourieh, Divisha Chummun, Monique Roy, and Sara Van Velkinburgh

The Department of Romance Studies was pleased to honor all of our 2018 graduates at our departmental commencement ceremony on May 18.

In her address to the graduates, Romance Studies Chair Dr. Odile Cazenave told them:

The reading of literature with opened eyes, and the study of other cultures, teaches empathy as well as self-knowledge. Studying another culture helps us gauge our own all the better, and it helps us understand those who are different from us.

Such understanding will take you very far indeed on the path that you begin today. I do hope that you are able to take your deepened perspectives from the study of language and culture out into the world and find more topics you love, and keep studying, keep learning, keep connecting the dots.

Best wishes for the future for all of our graduates!

Four RS Doctoral Students Defend Dissertations

May 10th, 2018 in News, News Spring 2018.

The Romance Studies Department is proud to announce that four of our doctoral students have successfully defended their dissertations during the spring 2018 term. Congratulations to all!

Doctor of Philosophy in French Language and Literature

Divisha Chummun Le Trauma de l’esclavage à l’engagisme: Une réécriture des géographies du corps humain et de l’espace

Sandra Rogosic Decadent Rome In the Literature of Decadence: Antiquity, Enlightenment, and Barbey d’Aurevilly

Monique Aimée Roy France Daigle’s Pour sûr: Proposing a Lusory Critical Approach

Doctor of Philosophy in Hispanic Language and Literatures

Franca Roibal Un saludo cordial: Teatro musical popular Intelectual y la voz política del la murga uruguaya

David Shames Wins GRAF

May 8th, 2018 in News, News Spring 2018, Uncategorized.

David Shames, a PhD student in our Hispanic Language and Literatures program, has won a GRS Graduate Research Abroad Fellowship (GRAF). Shames will use his fellowship to do archival research exploring the relationship between cinema cultures and the new ways intellectuals began to visualize and imagine the city in post-revolutionary, 1920s Mexico. 

In particular, Shames will investigate “the varying ideological and aesthetic sensibilities of young intellectuals who, informed by the latest products of visual culture and unaffiliated with state urbanization projects, began thinking about the modern city as a sociopolitical configuration with utopian or dystopian possibilities.”

Congratulations, David!

Laurie Garriga Wins GRAF

May 7th, 2018 in News, News Spring 2018, Uncategorized.

Laurie Garriga, a PhD student in our Hispanic Language and Literatures program, has won a GRS Graduate Research Abroad Fellowship (GRAF). Garriga will use her fellowship to conduct archival research on the works of the noted Spanish author Juan Ramón Jimenéz.

Jimenéz fled Spain during the Spanish civil war and the archive of his works in Spain was largely destroyed by Franco’s supporters. While Jimenéz did reconstruct an archive of his works in his new home of Puerto Rico, naturally that new archive was incomplete. By studying the material that remains of his original archive in Spain, Garriga hopes to draw new insights of the life and works of Jimenéz.

Garriga says of her project, “I hope to shed light on the life and work of Juan Ramón Jiménez and his role in establishing the prototype for the migrant-poet of modernity, a figure dedicated to the stewardship of memory across borders.”

Congratulations, Laurie!

Romance Studies Teaching Fellow Awards

May 4th, 2018 in News, News Spring 2018.

The Romance Studies Department is delighted to recognize some of our finest student teachers with our departmental Teaching Fellow Awards. Receiving awards this year are:



Constance Vottero



Aura Dovidjenko Benavides

David Shames


Aura was unfortunately unable to make it to the awards ceremony, so David is pictured with the awards for both he and Aura.