Portuguese in the house! Hilah, Paul and Taylor presenting @MSU, while Tania is presenting @Universidad de Salamanca. Busy April

Hilah, Paul and Taylor presenting @MSU, while Tania is presenting @Universidad de Salamanca

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2023 Summer research grant; Sandra Ortíz Valencia, Blanca Berjano Rodríguez, José Luís Toledano, Antonio Berbel Víudez, and Madison Elson!


Congratulations to our very own Professor Núria Silleras-Fernández, who has earned the prestigious 2023 Kayden Book Award for her manuscript The Politics of Emotion: Love, Grief, and Madness in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia


The Department has recently nominated JuanMa García Fernandez and Jonatan Cantu Guerra to GPTI Teaching Excellence Award. Good luck to both! 


We are delighted to announce the SPAN recipients of the Ayer Romance Languages Scholarships for AY22:
SPAN graduate students (5):

Daniel Amarelo, M.A.             Monserrat Asecio, PhD            Sandra Ortiz-Valencia, PhD          Andoni Pérez-López, M.A.                  Robert Pritchard, PhD

SPAN majors (undergraduates) (8):

Arielle Pauline Angerthal                   Sophia Rose Blasco                Elizabeth Claire Crim               Kathrina Isabella Hennesey          Keira Hook

Alyvia Carol O'Brien                                Nicole Brienne Sittner                             Elle Joe Swenson


PhD candidate Sandra Ortíz Valencia has been awarded the Graduate and Professional Student Government Teaching Excellence Award! Well done Sandra!


Our graduating student Eduardo Montes Romero was selected to receive the Graduate and Professional Student Government Outstanding Research Assistant Award! Congratulations Edu!

Each semester thousands of students graduate from Arts & Sciences here at CU. Three of our outstanding 2021 graduates (Jacey Kim, Lizzy Corona Jimenez, Grant Morgan) are being recognized in the Arts & Sciences Magazine. Take a moment to check them out! 

Daniel Amarelo was the recipient of the Portuguese Luso American Foundation/Torre do Tombo short-term grant to develop research in Portugal. He will be working on "Ideas about Language in Contemporary Portugal: National Identity and Globalization".

Please join us in congratulating Prof. Javier Krauel, who has been awarded a LEAP Individual Growth Grant for AY2021-22 to support his research. This grant is funded by the Office of Faculty Affairs and is extremely competitive. Congratulations, Javier!

The Elizabeth Brower Fund has awarded Lucía Escamilla González a grant to attend the Spring 2021 Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. We look forward to hearing about her experience!

The Department is pleased to award several Summer Research Grants, the following students have shared their plans:

Representations of Linguistic Authenticity, Language Contact, and Raciolinguistic Ideologies: the Lusophone Migrant Community in Santiago de Compostela. With this sociolinguistic proposal, Daniel Amarelo aims to study the contact, representations and ideologies of languages and varieties (Spanish and Galician-Portuguese in their different forms) in contemporary Galiza through the Portuguese-speaking migrant community.

Jonatán Guerra: In this research I am going to examine how the heterosexual relations between men are represented in contemporary Ecuadorian literature especially when these relations result in violence against women. Furthermore, I am going to explore how these representations are reflected in social media discourses in Ecuadorian contexts. 

Brandon Grenier: My research plan is to study the ways that English/Spanish bilinguals alternate between languages by creating a bilingual corpus. By allowing speakers to switch freely between their languages I hope to create a natural corpus that accurately reflects the way speakers truly use their language.

Elisabetta Rodio and Geoffrey Miller also received grants.

Sandra Ortíz Valencia's article, titled "Biología e intelecto: Las intersecciones de Margarita Nelken y Federica Montseny," has been accepted for publication by Hispania. Congratulations, Sandra!

Congratulations to Lucía Escamilla González on her award of the 2021 Beverly Sears Graduate Student Grant!

Jake Reagan, a recently graduated Spanish Major, was awarded CU's Thomas Jefferson award and is CU's 2020 Rhodes Scholar.

Peru´s National Library asked Dr. Peter Elmore to deliver a lecture on literary representations of Lima in the works of Julio Ramón Ribeyro and other members of the so-called Fifties Generation. The lecture was broadcast live on Facebook and via Zoom. On August 5th, he was pleasantly surprised to know that 6,200 people watched it on Facebook and an additional 500 attended via Zoom. He stressed --as he always does-- his pride for and affiliation with the department of Spanish and Portuguese at CU-Boulder. Link here! 

Congratulations to Edu Montes Romero, who just received a Teaching Excellence Award from UGGS for the current academic year!

Four of our undergraduate students have been awarded an A&S Scholarship Award!

  • Keira Hook has been award the Anna Fair Scholarship in Arts & Sciences in recognition of her superior academic achievements and her goal of effecting social change through a “more robust understanding of Hispanic Language and Culture”.
  • Zujey Miranda-Gandarilla has won the Anna Fair Award in Arts & Sciences in recognition of her strong academic performance and her desire to contribute positively to society. Our nominating colleague identified her as a “bright person with unsurpassed work habits”.
  • Landon Helwig was awarded a Katherine Jacob Lamont scholarship in Arts & Sciences in recognition of his strides in learning Spanish and dedication to Spanish speaking communities. He received high praise from two separate department members for his performance in our program.
  • Nicole Sittner won a Katherine Jacob Lamont scholarship in Arts & Sciences. She has demonstrated outstanding academic performance generally and was characterized as showing “unsurpassed” ability specifically in Spanish coursework.  sd

Our Master's candidate Edu Montes Romero has won the UCB Involvement Award for Graduate Student of the Year. Congratulations, Edu!

jmgf    Congratulations to our PhD candidate Juan Manuel García-Fernández on being selected as the 2019-2020 Center for Teaching and Learning Lead Fellow. ¡Felicitaciones y enhorabuena, Juanma!

Congratulations to our PhD candidate Alexander Cárdenas on being awarded the 2019-2020 Graduate Student Teaching Excellence Award!! Well done y enhorabuena, Alex!

Congratulations to our PhD candidate Gabriela Buitrón Vera on being awarded the prestigious Beverly Sears Research Grant from the Graduate School.

Congratulations to our five graduate student recipients of the 2020 Department Summer Research Grants!! 

Alex Bermúdez Manjarres

Erick García Piñeda

Lucía Escamilla González

Brandon Grenier

Edu Montes Romero

Congratulations to the following members of our Department for their successful applications to Elizabeth Brower Fund! The Elizabeth Brower Fund supports the development of improved methods for the teaching of Spanish and assists students who upon graduation from UCB will be teaching Spanish:
Madison Elson, recipient of a student-teaching scholarship
Edu Montes Romero, to attend the CCFLT Annual Conference
Derrek Powell, to attend the AATSP Annual Conference
Lucía Escamilla González, to attend the AATSP Annual Conference
Sandra Ortíz-Valencia, to attend the KFLC Annual Conference

Congratulations to Juan Garcia Oyervides for being named the Campus Global Citizen of the Year! See the announcement here

An unDisable rich-textdergraduate Spanish major, Jake Reagan, has been awarded the prestigious 2020 Rhodes Scholarship. Congratulations to Jake and to every member of our department who has supported him. See the announcement here

Students in the Freshman seminar SPAN 1000: Cultural Difference Through Hispanic Literature participated on Tuesday November 12th in the Campus One Read event and discussed the book “Sabrina & Corina” by Kali Fajardo-Anstine with members of the campus and region during the Diversity and Inclusion Summit:

 diversity summit


In Oct 16, 2019, Fernanda Iwasaki presented her book Historias de Superhéroes at the 2018-2019 Engaged Graduate Students Scholars Final Showcase, organized by the Office of Outreach and Engagement at CU Boulder. As an Engaged Arts and Humanities Scholar, Fernanda applied tools of her background in literary studies to develop this community-engaged partnership project. She worked with Columbine Elementary School Latinx students and together they wrote the stories of the superheroes in their families. Stop by the front office to see the finished product!


Prof. Tania Martuscelli has received a travel grant from the A&S Fund for Excellence Committee in order to travel to Brazil to continue her research on Fernando Lemos's life and work. 

Prof. Juan Pablo Dabove was interviewed in July 2019 by REA on his current research project concerning the Gothic in contemporary culture. The interview can be accessed here!

Dr. Molly Monroe, who recently graduated from our PhD program, has accepted a position at Indiana University. Congratulations, Molly!

Kudos to all of our Fall 2018, Spring 2019, and Summer 2019 graduates!

Dr. Laura Lesta García, who recently graduated from our PhD program, has accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position of Luso-Hispanic Studies at Middlebury College. She will begin her new post in August. Congratulations, Laura!

Laura Lesta



Prof. Andrés Prieto has been awarded a LEAP Associate Professor Growth Grant (2019-2020). He will use the grant to conduct research in Rome during the summer.

Kudos to Fernanda Iwasaki Cordero, Juan García Oyervides, Molly Monroe, and Miriam Aloisio!  Molly, Miriam and Fernanda won Teaching Excellence awards. Juan was recognized by the United Government of Graduate Students for his service as president.

picture of recipients

Professor Tania Martuscelli has received an honorable mention for the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award. As the Dean of the Graduate School states in a letter addressed to Prof. Martuscelli, "you should be exceedingly proud of the work you are doing in supporting your graduate students and the graduate education mission".

Kelly Drumright and Fernanda Iwasaki Cordero have been awarded a 2018-2019 Graduate Student Teaching Excellence Award.

Santiago, one of the results of the ongoing creative collaboration between the theatre group Yuyachkani and Prof. Peter Elmore, had two sold-out performances at the Gran Teatro Nacional del Perú, March 27-27, 2019. See an interview with Prof. Elmore below

Entrevista a Peter Elmore - Santiago de Yuyachkani


En nuestro trabajo muchos conciertos, óperas, espectáculos y obras de teatro pasan a diario, pero cada una de ellas nos deja un mensaje. Santiago de Yuyachkan, fue una experiencia muy significativa, pues nos dio la oportunidad de pensar y sentir profundamente a nuestro país. Les dejamos esta entrevista con Peter Elmore, creador de Santiago ...

See the theatrical trailer here.

Senior Instructor Anne Becher has won the 2019 Southwest Conference on Language Teaching's Excellence in Classroom Teaching award at the Post-Secondary level.

Anne Becher and Nina Molinaro have received the CU Dialogues Faculty Fellowship for 2019. They will use the fellowship to contribute to the existing community of CU Dialogues faculty and staff, study the dialogic method in detail, and implement Dialogues into SPAN 3010 (Advanced Rhetoric and Composition). Link here!

nina molinaro and anne becher


Taiko Haessler was awarded the Provost's Fellowship for the University Libraries for Spring semester, 2019. During her time as Fellow, she will work with an academic librarian mentor to complete a project within CU's library collection and its affiliate collections. Her work will result in the creation of an extensive bibliography of medieval women philosophers. 

Fernanda Iwasaki has been awarded the Florence Husted Lowe and F. Rex Lowe Dissertation Fellowship by the Arts and Humanities Dissertation Fellowship Selection Committee. In 2019-20, Fernanda will be working on her dissertation project, tentatively titled El monólogo descentrado: cuerpo, brevedad y performance en la narrativa latinoamericana contemporánea.

Fernanda Iwasaki has received a stipend from the Office for Outreach and Engagement to fund her community-engaged project “Historias de Superhéroes.” Fernanda is a 2018-19 EAH scholar and is currently working with a bilingual local school to support and empower their Latinxs students. More information about her project here.