Faculty Coordinator and Advisors

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José Luis Gastañaga Ponce de León is Associate Professor of Spanish at the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures. He has a B.A. in Humanities from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, a M.A. in Spanish from the University of Washington, Seattle and a Ph.D. in Spanish from Princeton University. He works on Early Modern Spanish literature from Spain and Latin America. He is especially interested in early forms of the novel (sentimental romance, picaresque, Celestina), first person narratives, miscellanies, early forms of autobiography, historiographical writings (Crónicas de Indias) and Transatlantic relations. He is the author of Caballero noble desbaratado. Autobiografía e invención en el siglo XVI (Purdue University Press, 2012) and co-editor (with Christina Lee) of Reading and Writing Subjects in Medieval and Golden Age Spain: Essays in Honor of Ronald E. Surtz (Newark, DE: Juan de la Cuesta, 2016). He has presented his research in conferences in the USA and abroad and his scholarship has been published in academic journals like Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Celestinesca, Hispanófila and Lexis, among others.


Current members of the Faculty Advisors include the following:

Dr. Joshua Davies (MCLL & Philosophy & Religion Dept. Head)
Dr. Jose-Luis Gastanaga (MCLL)
Dr. Ethan Mills (Philosophy & Religion)
Dr. Dennis Plaisted (Philosophy & Religion)
Dr. Brian Ribeiro (Philosophy & Religion)
Dr. Carl Springer (SunTrust Bank Chair of Excellence in the Humanities)
Matthew Stuckwish (MCLL)
Dr. Talia Welsh (Philosophy & Religion)
Dr. Jonathan Yeager (Philosophy & Religion)