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Gregory Kaplan

Chair, Hispanic Studies Program
Director, Language and World Business Program
701 McClung Tower

Phone: (865) 974-6993

Gregory B. Kaplan is Professor of Spanish and Distinguished Professor in the Humanities. He is also Chair of the Hispanic Studies section, Director of the Language and World Business program, and 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 a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship, the University of Tennessee Jefferson Prize, a Lindsay Young Professorship, a Distinguished Professorship in the Humanities, a Tennessee Humanities Center Fellowship, a UT College of Arts and Sciences Advising Award, and a University of Tennessee National Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher Award.

Dr. Kaplan has published several books, including Arguments against the Christian Religion in Amsterdam by Saul Levi Morteira, Spinoza’s Rabbi (Amsterdam: Amsterdam UP, 2017), La lingüística transdisciplinaria: El caso del origen del castellano (Vigo: Editorial Academia del Hispanismo, 2017), Marginal Voices: Studies in Converso Literature of Medieval and Golden Age Spain (Leiden: Brill, 2012), Valderredible, Cantabria (España): La cuna de la lengua española (Santander: Gobierno de Cantabria, 2009), "Personality Disorders" and Other Stories, by Juan José Millás (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, 2007), Sixteenth-Century Spanish Writers (Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2006), The Evolution of "Converso" Literature: The Writings of the Converted Jews of Medieval Spain (Gainesville: U Press of Florida, 2002), and Español para los negocios: Estudios de casos (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.

  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

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