Graduate Faculty & Study in Spanish


With its array of cultural resources in film, music, art, and literature and its vibrant intellectual community, Boston University is an ideal place for graduate study.

Our M.A. in Hispanic Language and Literatures and our Ph.D. in Hispanic Language and Literatures prepare students for university-level teaching and related careers.  For a list of recent graduate courses, click here. The small size of our classes facilitates interaction between an excellent cohort of graduate students and faculty who are leaders in their respective fields:
Early-Modern Literature: James Iffland, Christopher Maurer
Modern Latin American Literature: Alicia Borinsky, Rodrigo Lopes de Barros, James Iffland, Adela Pineda
Modern Spanish Literature: Christopher Maurer, Alan E. Smith
Brazilian Literature: Rodrigo Lopes de Barros

The Department’s graduate courses in Hispanic Studies explore a range of periods and topics. Recent courses have dealt with the contemporary city (“Writing the City/Walking the Text”); Latin American and Spanish film; the Mexican Revolution; poetry, painting and the sister arts; cannibalism; intellectual currents between Spain and the Americas; the social poetry of Central America; women’s writing in early-modern Spain; textual criticism and biography (“Lives and Texts”); and individual authors like Borges, García Lorca, García Márquez, Rubén Darío, and César Vallejo. Courses in Spanish linguistics, taught by Daniel Erker, analyze the sounds and structure of Spanish in the U.S. and throughout the Spanish-speaking world.

Each spring a Translation Seminar offered by our sister department, World Languages & Literatures and by the Graduate Program in Creative Writing, brings to our campus some of the leading translators in the U.S.  Students interested in editing and publishing enjoy the resources of Boston University’s Editorial Institute and have served as assistants on journals such as Anales Galdosianos.

A multi-semester methodology course trains our graduate students in the techniques of classroom teaching, and experienced faculty guide them in teaching language and introductory literature courses.  Gisela Hoerchel-Alden, Assistant Dean and Director of Language Instruction, collaborates with the language program and represents BU in ongoing regional and national language initiatives.

The Department of Romance Studies offers a wealth of lectures and cultural events. The Lectures in Criticism series brings outstanding theorists to campus, and the “Voces Hispánicas” program, generously funded by Sovereign Bank/Banco Santander, stages lectures, readings, and concerts for the community.  Through the Aula Cervantes, graduate students acquire experience in cultural programming.

Study-abroad forms an important part of the Boston University experience, and graduate students also have the chance to teach and/or serve as  assistants during the summer and during the academic year in our programs in Madrid and in  Burgos and Buenos Aires.

Dean’s Fellowships are offered each year to qualified PhD applicants who are recommended by the department.  Support for research is offered by the Graduate School and by the Boston University Center for the Humanities.