Department of Modern Foreign Languages & Literatures


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Rudyard J. AlcocerAlcocer, Rudyard J.

Forrest and Patsy Shumway Chair of Excellence in Romance Languages
Phone: 974-5584
Email: ralcocer@utk.edu


Alvaro AyoAyo, Álvaro

Associate Professor
Phone: 974-5584
Email: aayo@utk.edu


Harriet BowdenBowden, Harriet

Assistant Professor
Phone: 974-7099
Email: hbowden1@utk.edu


Luis CanoCano, Luis

Associate Professor
Phone: 974-7004
Email: lcano@utk.edu


Nuria Curz-CamaraCruz-Camara, Nuria

Associate Professor
Phone: 974-7009
Email: ncruzcam@utk.edu


Dawn DukeDuke, Dawn

Associate Professor
Phone: 974-7006
Email: dduke1@utk.edu


Julio Enríquez-OrnelasEnríquez-Ornelas, Julio

Post Doctoral Fellow
Phone: 974-2311
Email: jenrique@utk.edu


Millie GimmelGimmel, Millie

Associate Professor
Phone: 974-7097
Email: mgimmel@utk.edu


Michael HandelsmanHandelsman, Michael

Distinguished Professor of Humanities
Phone: 974-7010
Email: handelsm@utk.edu


Gregory KaplanKaplan, Gregory

Professor
Phone: 974-6993
Email: gkaplan@utk.edu


Oscar Rivera-RodasRivera-Rodas, Oscar

Professor
Phone: 974-7005
Email: oriverar@utk.edu


Dolly YoungYoung, Dolly

Professor
Phone: 974-6992
Email: djyoung@utk.edu

Lecturer Office Phone Email
Atwood, Laura McClung 708 974-7168 latwood@utk.edu
Chaudhary, Francisca McClung 601 974-3557 fchaudha@utk.edu
Fitzpatrick, Charles AMB 26C 974-6495 cfitzpa1@utk.edu
Galindo, Alejandra McClung 601 974-3557 bgalindo@utk.edu
Handelsman, Toya McClung 609 974-7002 mhandel1@utk.edu
Harriman, Patricia McClung 1204 974-2935 pharrima@utk.edu
Holladay, Kandace AMB 26C 974-6495 khollad3@utk.edu
Holt, Belgica AMB 26E 974-0990 bholt13@utk.edu
Knight, Kathy McClung 1204 974-2935 kknight3@utk.edu
Lundy, Leonor McClung 717 974-2715 hopes@utk.edu
Parker, Lisa Y.F. McClung 1204 974-2935 lparke11@utk.edu
Mariani, Annachiara AMB 26E 974-0990 amariani@utk.edu
Salinas, Ana McClung 717 974-2715 asalinas@utk.edu
Sparrow, Carmen AMB 26C 974-6495 csparro1@utk.edu
Stafford, Kimberly AMB 26D 974-6014 kstaffor@utk.edu
Tanguay, Carmel McClung 717 974-2715 ctanguay@utk.edu
Toledo, Rossy McClung 601 974-3557 rtoledo@utk.edu
Trujillo, Laura McClung 708 974-7168 ltrujill@utk.edu
Wong, Kathi C. McClung 601D 974-3557 kwong4@utk.edu

 

Name Office Phone E-mail
Barrios, Ana L.     abarrios@utk.edu
Bean, Luciana     lprestes@utk.edu
Centis, Tamara     tcentis@utk.edu
Glees, Leonel     lglees@utk.edu
Gómez, Nicole AMB 26 974-0557 ngoesten@utk.edu
Gottardi, Sara     sgottard@utk.edu
Hernandez de Polaczyk, Ana M. AMB 26 974-0557 aherna11@utk.edu
Martin-Torres, Noris (Stela)     stelamartin@utk.edu
Perez del Puerto, Angela AMB 26 974-0557 aperezde@utk.edu
Perales, Andrea     aperales@utk.edu
Rivera-Vaca, Alberto SS 340 974-4953 ariverav@utk.edu
Segovia, Mariana SS 341 974-4953 msegovia@utk.edu
Stinnett, Jason     jstinne8@utk.edu
Whitley, Nicola AMB 26 974-0557 nwhitley@utk.edu

 



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Rudyard J. AlcocerRudyard J. Alcocer

Associate Professor
Forrest and Patsy Shumway Chair of Excellence in Romance Languages
616 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-6996
E-Mail: ralcocer@utk.edu

Rudyard Alcocer is the Forrest and Patsy Shumway Chair of Excellence in Romance Languages and Associate Professor of Latin American literature and culture in the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He earned his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Iowa and his B.A. (Magna cum laude) in Philosophy from Emory University.

He is the author of Time Travel in the Latin American & Caribbean Imagination: Re-reading History (Palgrave Macmillan 2011), Narrative Mutations: Discourses of Heredity and Caribbean Literature (Routledge 2005), and several essays on Latin American and Caribbean literature and culture. He is currently working on a book-length project that explores experimental approaches to literary texts.

Dr. Alcocer teaches all levels of Spanish language and Latin American literature and culture, and has designed and taught advanced courses involving the Hispanic Caribbean and the African Diaspora in Spanish America. He enjoys reading in a variety of subject matters, including literature, history, philosophy, psychology, science, and many others.

Additional information about Dr. Alcocer is available at http://rudyardalcocer.wordpress.com

  • Ph.D., University of Iowa
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Álvaro A. Ayo Álvaro A. Ayo

Associate Professor
712 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-5584
E-Mail: aayo@utk.edu

ÁLVARO A. AYO is an Assistant Professor of Spanish Peninsular Literature. His area of specialization is 18th and 19th century literature. Recently he has focused his research efforts on the years between the Spanish First and Second Republics (1870s-1930s). Humor, autobiography, modernity, and nationalism in prose and poetry are some of his main areas of research interest. He has published several articles dealing with these topics as seen in the works of Pérez de Ayala, Galdós, Unamuno, and Maragall. He has also published a book about humor titled La tragicomedia de la certidumbre perdida: Ramón Pérez de Ayala y su narrativa (Juan de la Cuesta, 2006). Currently he is working on a book that deals with modernity and the representation of the nation in the works of leading authors in turn-of-the- century Spain.

  • Ph.D., University of Arizona
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Harriet BowdenHarriet Bowden

Assistant Professor
601B McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-7099
E-Mail: hbowden1@utk.edu

Harriet Wood Bowden is Assistant Professor of Spanish, specializing in Second Language Acquisition. She is also Language Program Director of Intermediate Spanish at UT. She received her Ph.D. from Georgetown University in Spanish Linguistics, where her dissertation research, supported by grants from the NIH and NSF, investigated the role of experience and proficiency in late-acquired language neurocognition. In her current research, Dr. Bowden examines first, second, and heritage language acquisition and neurocognition. She is particularly interested in examining the interaction of multiple learner-internal and external factors influencing these processes including cognitive (relative strengths of declarative, procedural, and working memory; age-related; bilingualism/multilingualism; attention and awareness), pedagogical (influence of more and less explicit instruction), contextual study abroad vs. foreign language learning contexts), and linguistic (grammatical vs. lexical).

  • Ph.D., Georgetown University
  • Optimizing Language Instruction: Matters of Explicitness, Practice, and Cue Learning. Stafford, C. A., Bowden, H. W. and Sanz, C. (2012). Language Learning, 62(3), 741-768.
  • An Experimental Study of Early L3 Development: Age, Bilingualism and Classroom Exposure. Stafford, C. A., Sanz, C. & Bowden, H. W. (2010). International Journal of Multilingualism.
  • Verbal Inflectional Morphology in L1 and L2 Spanish: A Frequency Effects Study Examining Storage versus Composition. Bowden, H. W., Gelfand, M. P., Sanz, C. & Ullman, M. T. (2010). Language Learning, 60 (1),44-87. 
  • Concurrent Verbalizations, Pedagogical Conditions and Reactivity:  Two CALL Studies. Sanz, C., Lin, H., Lado, B., Stafford, C. A. & Bowden, H. W. (2009). Language Learning, 59(1), 33-71.
  • Processing Instruction and Meaningful Output-Based Instruction: Effects on Second Language Development. Morgan-Short, K. & Bowden, H. W. (2006). Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 28(1), 31-65.
  • Individual Differences: Age, Sex, Working Memory, and Prior Knowledge. Bowden, H. W., Sanz, C. & Stafford, C. A. (2005). In Sanz, C. (Ed.). Mind and Context in Adult Second Language Acquisition: Methods, Theory and Practice, (pp. 105-140).Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press.
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Luis C. CanoLuis C. Cano

Associate Professor
606A McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-7004
E-Mail: lcano@utk.edu

Luis C. Cano, from Colombia, is an Associate Professor of Spanish. He received his Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University in 1999. Dr. Cano specializes in contemporary Latin American Literatures, with an emphasis on popular genres such as science fiction, detective fiction and the fantastic. His book Intermitente recurrencia: La ciencia ficción y el canon literario en Hispanoamérica explores the different traditions that participate in the formation and development of the genre-in particular the British and American traditions, the main traits that distance Spanish American Sci-Fi from its more popular relatives in the United States and Europe, its peculiar position in the Latin American debate on regional identity, and the transition it has experienced from the modern to the postmodern arenas. He is currently working on a manuscript on the representation of violence in the fiction produced in Colombia in the past 30 years. His articles have appeared in journals such as Hispania, Revista Iberoamericana, Co-Herencia: Revista de Humanidades, Con-textos: Revista de Semiótica Literaria, MIFLC Review, Revista Universidad EAFIT.

Dr. Cano's teaching and service have been recognized with the 2003-2004 Junior Faculty Teaching Award from the College of Arts and Sciences, the 2004-2005 Chancellor's Outstanding Teacher Award, and the 2009 - 2010 Faculty Advising Service Award, College of Arts and Sciences.

  • Ph.D., Pennsylvania State
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Bryant CreelBryant Creel

Professor
616 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-6996
E-Mail: bcreel@utk.edu

BRYANT CREEL is Professor of Spanish, specializing in Spanish literature of the Golden Age (16th and 17th centuries). He studied at the Universidad Autónoma de México in 1960 and the Universidad de Salamanca in 1962-62, graduating from Stanford University with a major in English in 1965. He pursued graduate studies in Spanish for two years at the Unversidad Complutense de Madrid, receiving his Master’s degree in Spanish from California State University in Sacramento in 1967. He completed his Ph.D. in Spanish literature at the University of California at Davis in 1978 and received two post-doctoral Calouste Gulbenkian fellowships to do research in Portugal and Spain, as well as an NEH Summer Seminar award to study with Stephen Greenblatt in Berkeley. He has taught at York College of the City University of New York, California State University at Long Beach, Louisiana State University, Providence College, and Harvard University. Apart from numerous contributions to scholarly journals, anthologies, and conference proceedings on such subjects as cancionero poetry, Gil Vicente, Garcilaso de la Vega, Jorge de Montemayor, Bernardim Ribeiro, Luiz de Camões, Fray Luis de León, Miguel de Cervantes, and Jorge de Sena, he has published The Religious Poetry of Jorge de Montemayor; Don Quijote, Symbol of a Culture in Crisis; The Voice of the Phoenix: Metaphors of Death and Rebirth in Classics of the Iberian Renaissance; and a translation of the play Los Cuernos de don Friolera by Ramón del Valle-Inclán. He is currently Director of the upper-division summer program in Alicante, Spain. He also holds the position of Editor of the monographic series Albatros-Hispanófila Siglo XXI, published in Valencia, Spain.

  • Ph.D., University of California
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Nuria Cruz-CamaraNuria Cruz-Camara

Associate Professor
716 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-7009
E-Mail: ncruzcam@utk.edu

Nuria Cruz-Cámara received her licenciatura in English Philology from the University of Salamanca (Spain), and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Spanish Literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She joined the faculty of the University of Tennessee in 1999. Her specialization is 20th-century Spanish literature and culture, and she has published several articles in professional journals as Letras Femeninas, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Bulletin of Spanish Studies, Symposium, Crítica Hispánica, Revista Hispánica Moderna, and Hispanófila. Her monograph entitled El laberinto intertextual de Carmen Martín Gaite: Un estudio de sus novelas de los noventa has been published by Juan de la Cuesta—Hispanic Monographs.  Currently, she is working on women writers involved in politics during the first four decades of the 20th century, such as Margarita Nelken, Federica Montseny, Dolores Ibarruri (Pasionaria), and María Martínez Sierra.

Professor Cruz-Cámara teaches a variety of courses both at the undergraduate and the graduate levels. Recent courses include “Images of Women in Hispanic Literature and Film” (433),  “Modernity and Tradition in Spain” (461), “Post-war Spanish Literature” (543), “Generation 98 through Civil War” (542), and Surveys of Spanish literature (332, 334).

  • Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo
  • "Cross-Dressing and Lesbian Representation in Belle Époque by Fernando Trueba." Romance Notes 50.3 (2010): 287-94.
  • "Doing 'Good Works': The Theme of Charity in Constancia de la Mora's Autobiography." Cuaderno de Estudios Humanísticos y Literatura 13 (2010): 46-59.
  • "La doctrina socialista y el público en Una mujer por caminos de España de María Martínez Sierra." Bulletin of Spanish Studies 86 (2009): 793-807
  • El laberinto intertextual de Carmen Martín Gaite: Un estudio de sus novelas de los noventa (Juan de la Cuesta, 2008)
  • “Un icono femenino de la revolución: Heroínas de Federica Montseny.”  Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies 13. 2 (2007): 55-70 (in press)
  • “El simulacro desde el extrarradio: Barrio de Fernando León de Aranoa,” Bulletin of Spanish Studies 82 (2005): 59-73
  • “Matando al ángel del hogar a principios del siglo XX: Las mujeres revolucionarias de Margarita Nelken y Federica Montseny,” Letras Femeninas 30.2 (2004): 7-28
  • “Notas sobre un Bildungsroman posmoderno: Tocarnos la cara de Belén Gopegui,” Crítica Hispánica 26 (2004): 41-48
  • “La re-creación del romanticismo en La Reina de las Nieves de Martín Gaite,” Symposium 57 (2003): 81-92
  • “Novela rosa y final feliz en Nubosidad variable de Carmen Martín Gaite,” Ojáncano: Revista de Literatura Española 23 (2003): 3-23
  •   “‘Chicas raras’ en dos novelas de Carmen Laforet y Carmen Martín Gaite,” Hispanófila 139 (2003): 97-110
  • “¿Se movió la mujer tras la movida?.”  La mujer en la España actual: ¿Evolución o involución?.  Eds. Jacqueline Cruz y Barbara Zecchi.  Barcelona: Icaria, 2004.  267-95.
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Dawn DukeDawn Duke

Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
617 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-7006
E-Mail: dduke1@utk.edu

 

Dawn Duke is Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese. She is Chair of Africana Studies and faculty in the Latin American Studies and Cinema Studies Programs. Her graduate studies were completed at UNICAMP, the University of Guyana, and the University of Pittsburgh where she completed her PhD in 2003. Her research focuses on Afro-Latin American Literature with a special interest in women's writings. Her book, Literary Passion, Ideological Commitment: Toward a Legacy of Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian Women Writers (2008) proposes a tradition of Afro-Hispanic and Afro-Brazilian women's writings initiated primarily during the nineteenth century and continuing with ever-increasing success into the twenty-first century.

Book

  • Literary Passion, Ideological Commitment: Toward a Legacy of Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian Women Writers. Cranbury NJ: Associated University Presses, 2008.

Articles

  • Literatura afro-femenina en la República Dominicana. ¿Una indefinitud que la define?” Revista Iberoamericana. Vol. LXXIX, Núm. 243, abril-junio 2013. 559-576.
  • “La mujer negra y el popularismo cubano en María Antonia de Eugenio Hernández Espinosa.” Revista de Lenguas Modernas. 17 (julio-diciembre 2012): 23-39.
  • "Black Movement Militancy in Panama: SAMAAP's Reliance on an Identity of West Indianness." Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies (LACES). Vol.5, No.1, March 2010. 75-83.
  • "O Desenrolar de uma Literatura Afro-Brasileira Comprometida. Conexão Movimento Negro para Movimento Negro Literário." Ethnos Brasil. Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Ano 6, no.1, junho de 2008. 81-95.
  • "Así se va aclarando: Construcciones imaginarias de generaciones de mujeres negras en Vejigantes y Tenda dos Milagres." Negritud: Revista de Estudios Afro-Latinoamericanos. Número 1, noviembre 2007. 243-263.
  • "Poetic Valuing of the Female Self. Selected Women's Writings from Brazil, Cuba and Guyana." Obsidian III. Literature in the African Diaspora. North Carolina State University Volume 6, Number 1, Spring/Summer 2005. 90-111.
  • "Poetic Valuing of the Female Self. Selected Women's Writings from Brazil, Cuba and Guyana." Utah Foreign Language Review, Race, Ethnicity and Literature. University of Utah. June 2005. Volume XIV. 69-87.
  • "Alzira Rufino and Miriam Alves: Afro-Brazilian Writers/Activists and Issues of Race, Gender, Class, and Writing". África. Revista do Centro de Estudos Africanos 22/23 (1). 1999/2000/2001. Journal of the Centro de Estudos Africanos of the Universidade de São Paulo, published September 2004. 267-278.
  • "Alzira Rufino's Casa de Cultura da Mulher Negra as a Form of Female Empowerment: A Look at the Dynamics of a Black Women's Organization in Brazil Today." Women's Studies International Forum. Volume 26, Issue 4, July-August 2003. 357-368.

Chapters

  • "The Triumph Within: Carolina Maria de Jesus and Strategies for Black Female Empowerment in Brazil." 185-205. Critical Perspectives on Afro-Latin American Literature. Editor: Antonio D. Tillis. New York, Oxford: Routledge, 2012. 184-205.
  • "From "Yélida" to Movimiento de Mujeres Dominico-Haitianas: Gendering Problems of Whiteness in the Dominican Republic." At Home and Abroad: Historicizing Twentieth-Century Whiteness in Literature and Performance. Tennessee Studies in Literature Volume 44. Editor: La Vinia Delois Jennings. Knoxville, TN: University of Tennessee Press, 2009. 61-92.
  • "How She Strikes Back: Images of Female Strength in Esmeralda Ribeiro's Writing." The Afro-Brazilian Mind. Contemporary Afro-Brazilian Literary and Cultural Criticism. Editors: Niyi Afolabi, Márcio Barbosa, Esmeralda Ribeiro. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, Inc., 2007. 99-120.

 

Editor

  • Artefatos da Cultura Negra no Ceará. Formação de Professores.10 Anos da Lei 10.639/2003. Orgs. Henrique Cunha Junior Cicera Nunes, Reginaldo Ferreira Domingos, Maria Saraiva da Silva, Rita de Cassia Felix Batista, Dawn Alexis Duke, Juliana de Holanda. Fortaleza, Ceará: Universidade Federal do Ceará et.al., 2013.

Reviews

  • Considering Woman I & II. Short Stories, V. Pollard. In: Caribbean Writer. Literary Gem of the Caribbean. 26 (2012): 229-231.
  • Caribbean Perspective on Modernity - Returning Medusa's Gaze, M.C. Fumagalli. In: Caribbean Writer. 25 (2011): 381-384.
  • Writing Identity. The Politics of Contemporary Afro-Brazilian Literature by E.K.F.Oliveira. In: Ellipsis. 8 (2010): 159-161.

 

Encyclopedia and Dictionary Entries

  • "Miriam Alves" (vol.1, 81-82), Geni Guimarães (vol.2, 483-4), Esmeralda Ribeiro (vol.3, 801-2), Alzira Rufino (vol. 3, 808-9)." The Encyclopedia of African Diaspora: Origins Experiences, and Culture. Ed. Carole Boyce Davies. ABC CLIO California, Colorado, England. 2008.
  • "Black Feminism in Brazil." Encyclopedia of Race and Racism. Ed. John Hartwell Moore. MacMillan USA. Vol.1. 2008, 193-195.
  • Research Assistant. The Caribbean Multilingual Dictionary of Flora, Fauna and Foods in English, French, French Creole and Spanish. Jeannette Allsopp. Kingston, Jamaica: Arawak Publications. 2003.

Translations

  • "Those Who Go," Nexus," and "Manjuarí" Nancy Morejón. From Cuba. Boundary 2. 29, no. 3 (Fall 2002): 159-162.
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Julio Enríquez-OrnelasJulio Enríquez-Ornelas

Post Doctoral Fellow
610 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-2311
E-Mail: jenrique@utk.edu

Julio Enríquez-Ornelas is the Post Doctoral Fellow in Latin American Literature and Culture in the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He specializes in twentieth century Latin American literature and culture, as well as, modern narrative, and late nineteenth and twentieth century Mexican narrative. He earned his B.A. from Wabash College with a double major in English and Spanish literature. He completed his Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside in 2014.

He is currently working on a book manuscript that considers fin de siècle Mexican novelists. Specifically, he explores how nineteenth century fin de siè̀cle Mexican novelists, such as Federico Gamboa, Manuel Gutiérrez Nájera, and Amado Nervo implicitly imagine Porfirio Díaz’s dictatorship — 1876 to 1910. He also examines, how contemporary Mexican novelists, Cristina Rivera Garza, Pedro Angel Palou, and Alvaro Uribe re-write this period through the appropriation of various cultural productions.

His scholarly work intends to explore media technologies in nineteenth century fin de siècle novels from Mexican writers like Emilio Rabasa, Rafael Delgado, Amado Nervo, Manuel Gutiérrez Nájera, Federico Gamboa, and Heriberto Frías. He is currently looking at the relationship in serial novels and “print capitalism,” and how this exchange, shaped and developed an imagined community in Mexico. In serial novels, he is concerned with concepts of nation, modernity, censorship, and pseudonyms.

He was the recipient of the Graduate Division Fellowship in 2008-2009, and later received the Dissertation Year Program Award from the University of California, Riverside in 2013-2014.

  • Ph.D. University of California
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Millie GimmelMillie Gimmel

Associate Professor
611 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-7097
E-Mail: mgimmel@utk.edu

Dr. Millie Gimmel received her bachelor’s degree (summa cum laude) from Murray State University in Spanish and English with a Certificate for Secondary Education. Her MA and PhD are from Indiana University. Dr. Gimmel specializes in colonial Latin America with an emphasis on natural history and the history of medicine in Mexico. Her research has appeared in he Journal of the History of Ideas, Hispania, Colonial Latin American Review, among other venues. Since arriving at the University of Tennessee in 2002, Dr. Gimmel has received an Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher Award, a College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Advising Service Award, the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Advising and a summer stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

  • Ph.D., Indiana University
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Michael HandelsmanMichael Handelsman

Professor
Distinguished Professor of Humanities
713 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-7010
E-Mail: handelsm@utk.edu

MICHAEL HANDELSMAN is a graduate of Gettysburg College (A.B. in Spanish) and the University of Florida (M.A. and Ph.D. in Romance Languages; Ph.D. Certificate in Latin American Studies), and he has been on the University of Tennessee faculty since 1976. Handelsman’s principal teaching and research interests are Latin American narrative, Ecuadorian literature and culture, concepts of national identity, women writers, literary journals, Afro Hispanic literature, and globalization. In addition to having received an Organization of American States research grant and six Fulbright fellowships, he has been a Distinguished Professor in the Humanities since 1987. Professor Handelsman has been named a Lindsay Young Scholar, and was awarded the 2004 Alexander Prize for teaching and scholarship and the 2005 Chancellor’s Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2008, he received the Jefferson Prize in reocgnition of exceptional contributions to research, teaching, and service.

In October 2005, the Distrito Metropolitano of Quito, Ecuador awarded Handelsman a Medalla de Honor in recognition of his being the foreign scholar who has done the most to study and disseminate Ecuadorian literature and culture abroad. During the same ceremony, the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar designated Handelsman as an Honorary Professor of that institution. His most recent book, Leyendo la globalización desde la mitad del mundo: identidad y resistencias en el Ecuador received the “Isabel Tobar Guarderas Award” for outstanding book published in the social sciences in Ecuador in 2005, and the A.B. Thomas Book Award from the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies (2006).

Among his other published books are Amazonas y artistas: un estudio de la prosa de la mujer ecuatoriana (1978), El modernismo en las revistas literarias del Ecuador: 1895-1930 (1981), Incursiones en el mundo literario del Ecuador (1987), En torno al verdadero Benjamín Carrión (1989), El ideario de Benjamín Carrión (1992), Lo afro y la plurinacionalidad: el caso ecuatoriano visto desde su literatura (1999; 2001), Culture and Customs of Ecuador (2000).

Professor Handelsman has been a visiting graduate professor at the University of Kentucky, the Universidad Católica Santiago de Guayaquil, and the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar in Quito. He is the co-founder and past President of the Asociación de Ecuatorianistas (Estudios de Literatura, Lengua y Cultura), a member of the Executive Committee of LASA’s Ecuadorian Section, and past President of the South Eastern Council on Latin American Studies. Currently, he chairs the Latin American Studies interdisciplinary program, is an active participant in the Global Studies program, and directs a service-learning project in which students with advanced proficiency in Spanish work with local Hispanic children and their families.

  • Ph.D., University of Florida
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Gregory KaplanGregory Kaplan

Professor
701 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-6993
E-Mail: gkaplan@utk.edu

Gregory B. Kaplan is Professor of Spanish and Director of the Language and World Business program. He is also faculty advisor for the University of Tennessee Hillel Jewish Student Center.

Dr. Kaplan's principal area of research is medieval Spanish philology, which includes the literature of the Spanish Middle Ages as well as the history and evolution of the Spanish language.

Dr. Kaplan has been awarded the University of Tennessee Jefferson Prize for demonstrated excellence in research and creative activity, a Lindsay Young Professorship in recognition of professional achievement in research and teaching, and a University of Tennessee National Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher Award.

Dr. Kaplan has published several books, including Valderredible, Cantabria (España): La cuna de la lengua española (Santander: Gobierno de Cantabria, Consejería de Cultura, Turismo y Deporte, 2009), "Personality Disorders" and Other Stories, by Juan José Millás (trans. Gregory B. Kaplan, New York: Modern Language Association, 2007), El culto a San Millán en Valderredible (Cantabria): Las iglesias rupestres y la formación del Camino de Santiago (Santander: Gobierno de Cantabria, Consejería de Cultura, Turismo y Deporte, 2007), Sixteenth-Century Spanish Writers (ed. and intro. Gregory B. Kaplan, vol. 318 of the Dictionary of Literary Biography series, Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2006), The Evolution of "Converso" Literature: The Writings of the Converted Jews of Medieval Spain (U Press of Florida, 2002), and Español para los negocios: Estudios de casos (co-written with Irene Mizrahi, New York: McGraw-Hill, 1998). He has published articles on a variety of medieval topics in scholarly journals such as Bulletin of Spanish Studies, La corónica, Foreign Language Annals, Hispanic Review, Hispanófila, Quaderni Ibero-Americani, and Revista de Estudios Hispánicos. He has also published articles dealing with 18th and 19th century Spanish literature and Spanish cinema.

Dr. Kaplan's latest book, Marginal Voices: Studies in Converso Literature of Medieval and Golden Age Spain (Leiden: Brill, 2012), is a volume of thirteen essays (co-edited with Professor Amy Aronson-Friedman) to which he contributes an essay, "The Inception of Limpieza de Sangre (Purity of Blood) and its Impact in Medieval and Golden Age Spain," which lays the groundwork for his current project. Dr. Kaplan is presently working on a critical edition and the first translation from Spanish into English of Providencia de Dios con Israel (The Providence of God with Israel), the magnum opus of Saúl Levy Morteira (c. 1590-1660), the rabbi to Amsterdam's community of some 1500 exiled Sephardic Jews of Iberian descent (including Baruch Spinoza), which can in may ways be considered the first modern Jewish community.

Dr. Kaplan also continues to explore the history (and pre-history) of the Spanish language. He is currently working on an article and a presentation (for presentation in May, 2013 at the 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan U, Kalamazoo, MI) that will focus on the impact on spoken Latin of a pre-Roman Cantabrian vocalic system.

  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
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Oscar Rivera-RodasOscar Rivera-Rodas

Professor
611A McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-7005
E-Mail: oriverar@utk.eduu

Dr. Rivera-Rodas’ research interests include Latin American literature and culture; thought and letters in colonial, postcolonial, modernity, postmodernity; Hispanic American periods; history of ideas, and philosophy of history through Latin American literature; discourse and textual theory.

He is a recipient of the Mexican Academy’s Premio Centenario, an international award in literary criticism; the International Prize for Literary Essay, National Institute of Fine Arts (INBA), Mexico, on Carlos Pellicer's poetry; and the National Prize for Poetry, Bolivia. In addition, he is founder and chair of Jornadas Internacionales de Teatro Latinoamericano, Puebla, México, since 1993 and Jornadas Internacionales de Poesía Latinoamericana, Puebla, México.

His publications include: De palabras, imágenes y símbolos - Homenaje a José Pascual Buxó. México: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 2002. ed. with Enrique Ballón Aguirre; La modernidad y la retórica del silenciarse. Universidad Veracruzana, 2001; El pensar de la modernidad poética. Guadalajara, Jal.: Secretaría de Cultura, 1997; El metateatro y la dramática de Vargas Llosa. Amsterdam, 1992. La modernidad y sus hermenéuticas poéticas, 1991; La poesía hispanoamericana del siglo XIX. Madrid, 1988, and numerous scholarly articles.

  • Ph.D., University of California
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Dolly YoungDolly Young

Professor
707 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-6992
E-Mail: djyoung@utk.edu

Dolly J. Young has a B.A. in Spanish, an M.A. in Latin American Studies and a Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education from the University of Texas at Austin. She currently trains and observes graduate students in Spanish who teach first and second-year Spanish courses in MFLL.

Her research areas include second language acquisition, teaching with technology, materials development, second language reading, and affect (anxiety) in language learning. She has published three readers in three foreign languages, Spanish, French and German, (Harcourt) edited two volumes on foreign language anxiety (Prentice Hall; McGraw-Hill), and was a guest editor in 2009 for a special issue on Language Anxiety and Learning Disabilities for Foreign Language Annals. She co-wrote a second-year content-oriented, task-based Spanish textbook, ¿Qué te parece? (McGraw-Hill) and recently published Vívelo (2010, Wiley), a first-year college level Spanish textbook.

She has numerous publications in refereed practical and research-oriented journals, such as The Modern Foreign Language Journal, Foreign Language Annals, Hispania, Applied Language Learning and CALICO. In 2008 she won the TFLTA Jacqueline Elliott Award.

In the fall of 2011, she implemented the hybrid course format in the first-year intensive Spanish courses.

  • Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
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Laura Atwood

Lecturer of Spanish Studies
708 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-7168
E-Mail: latwood@utk.edu

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Francisca ChaudharyFrancisca Chaudhary

Lecturer of Spanish Studies
601 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-3557
E-Mail: fchaudha@utk.edu

  • M.A. in Spanish, Univ. of Tennessee, 1998
  • B.S. in Spanish, Tennessee Tech University, 1996
  • A.S. General/Secondary Education, Roane State Comm. College, 1994
  • B.A. in Business, Business Academy, Mexico 1976
  • 1998 - Present: Lecturer in Spanish Studies
  • Fall 2006 - Present: Second-Year, Intermediate Spanish Course Manager
  • Fall 2006 - Spring 2007, and Spring 2011: Interim Second-Year Supervisor
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Charles FitzpatrickCharles Fitzpatrick

Lecturer of Spanish Studies
26C Alumni Memorial Bldg
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-6495
E-Mail: cfitzpa1@utk.edu

  • T-5 Recertification - 1993 - Kennesaw State College
  • T-5 Certification - 1973 - Georgia State University
  • M.A. Spanish. - 1970 - University of Tennessee
  • B.A. Spanish (French minor) - 1966 - University of Tennessee
  • 2007 - Present: Lecturer in Spanish Studies
  • Voted Who's Who Among America's Teachers on two occasions by Woodward Academy students
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B. Alejandra GalindoB. Alejandra Galindo

Lecturer of Spanish Studies
601 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-3557
E-Mail: bgalindo@utk.edu

  • M.A. in Spanish, University of Tennessee, 2005
  • B.A. in Women's Studies, Minor in English, University of Tennessee, 2003
  • Sociology, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), 1978
  • 1995 - Present: Spanish Lecturer in University of Tennessee
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Toya HandelsmanToya Handelsman

Lecturer of Spanish Studies
609 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-7002
E-Mail: mhandel1@utk.edu

  • M.A. in Spanish, University of Tennessee, 1984
  • ACTFL Proficiency Training Workshop, 1990
  • Licenciatura en Derecho, Universidad Católica de Guayaquil, Ecuador, 1971
  • 1984 - Present: Instructor of Spanish: University of Tennessee
  • 1990 - Present: Freelance Translator (English/Spanish)
  • 1981-1984: Graduate Teaching Assistant in Spanish, University of Tennessee
  • 2006: Selected as "One of the Top Ten Professors" in the University of Tennessee's Honors Program
  • 2003: Chancellor's Outstanding Teacher Award, University of Tennessee
  • 1999: Finalist from College of Arts and Sciences for University of Tennessee National Alumni Outstanding Teacher
  • 1994: Phi Eta Sigma Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Tennessee
  • 1984: Women of Achievement Award for Scholarship, University of Tennessee
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Patricia Harriman

Lecturer of Spanish Studies
1204 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-2935
E-Mail: pharrima@utk.edu

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Kandace Holladay

Lecturer of Spanish Studies
26C Alumni Memorial Bldg
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-6495
E-Mail: khollad3@utk.edu

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Bélgica Holt

Lecturer of Spanish Studies
26E Alumni Memorial Bldg
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-0990
E-Mail: bholt13@utk.edu

  • M. A in Spanish, University of Tennessee, 2008
  • B. A. in Spanish, East Tennessee State University, 2006
  • 2006- Present: Lecture in Spanish at the University of Tennessee
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Kathy Knight

Lecturer of Spanish Studies
1204 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-2935
E-Mail: kknight3@utk.edu

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Leonor Lundy

Lecturer of Spanish Studies
717 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-2715
E-Mail: hopes@utk.edu

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Lisa ParkerLisa Y.F. Parker

Lecturer of Spanish Studies
1204 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-2935
E-Mail: lparke11@utk.edu

  • Ph.D. in Modern Foreign Languages, First Concentration in Spanish; Second in Applied Linguistics, University of Tennessee, 2013
  • M.A. in Spanish, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2009
  • B.A. in Microbiology, University of Texas, Austin, 1982
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Annachiara MarianiAnnachiara Mariani

Lecturer of Spanish & Italian Studies
26E Alumni Memorial Bldg
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-0990
E-Mail: amariani@utk.edu

  • Ph.D. in Italian Language and Literatures at Rutgers University, 2010
  • M.A. and B.A. in Spanish at the University of Bologna, Italy
  • 2008 - Present: Italian and Spanish Studies Lecturer
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Donald Mueller

Lecturer of Spanish Studies
601 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-3557
E-Mail: dmuelle2@utk.edu

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Jaime A. RiveraLaura Trujillo-Mejía

Senior Lecturer of Hispanic Studies
708 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-7168
E-Mail: ltrujill@utk.edu

  • The Pennsylvania State University Ph.D. Program in Spanish 2003
  • The Pennsylvania State University, M.A. Program in Spanish 1997
  • Regents Bachelor of Arts West Virginia University, 1994
  • 2001 - Present: Spanish Lecturer in University of Tennessee
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Ana Salinas

Lecturer of Spanish Studies
717 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-2715
E-Mail: asalinas@utk.edu

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Carmen Sparrow

Lecturer of Spanish Studies
26C Alumni Memorial Bldg
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-6495
E-Mail: csparro1@utk.edu

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Kimberly Stafford

Lecturer of Spanish Studies
26D Alumni Memorial Bldg
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-6014
E-Mail: kstaffor@utk.edu

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Carmel Tanguay

Lecturer of Spanish Studies
717 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-2715
E-Mail: ctanguay@utk.edu

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Rossy ToledoRossy Toledo

Lecturer of Spanish Studies
Course Manager
601 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-3557
E-Mail: rtoledo@utk.edu

  • M.F.A. in Creative Writing, NYU, 2012
  • M.A. in Spanish, University of Tennessee, 2000
  • B.S. in Communications, University of Texas, 1994
  • 2002 - Present: Lecturer in Spanish Studies at the University of Tennessee
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Kathi C. WongKathi C. Wong

Lecturer of Spanish Studies
601D McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-3557
E-Mail: kwong4@utk.edu

  • M.A. in Spanish, University of Tennessee, 2010
  • State of Tennessee add-on teaching certification, 2005
  • B.A. in music and English (with state certification in both areas), University of Arkansas at Monticello, 1978
  • 2010 - Present: Lecturer in Spanish Studies
  • 2011 - Present: Frist-Year Course Manager
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Margarita Yong

Lecturer of Spanish Studies
1204 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-2935
E-Mail: myong@utk.edu

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