Program Information - People


Faculty Roster - Specializations

Emilio Bejel (Ph.D. Florida State University), poet, critic, and narrator, was born in Cuba, and has lived in the United States since the 1960s. He received his B.A. from the University of Miami, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Spanish and Spanish American literature from Florida State University (Tallahassee). He has published several books of literary and cultural criticism, among them José Martí: Images of Memory and Mourning; Buero Vallejo: lo social, lo moral y lo metafísico; Literatura de Nuestra América; La subversión de la semiótica; José Lezama Lima, Poet of the Image; and Gay Cuban Nation; as well as several poetry collections, the latest two are Casas deshabitadas and El libro regalado. He has also published two versions of an autobiographical narrative: The Write Way Home. A Cuban-American Story (translated into English by Professor Stephen Clark), El horizonte de mi piel (in Spanish), O Horizonte da minha Pele (in Portuguese). He can be reached by email at

Leopoldo Bernucci (Ph.D. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) is The Russell F. and Jean H. Fiddyment Chair in Latin American Studies. He has taught at various institutions, including Yale University, the University of Colorado, the University of São Paulo (Brazil), and the University of Texas at Austin. He is author, co-author, and editor of numerous essays and the following scholarly books on 19th- and 20th-century Spanish American and Brazilian literature and culture: Historia de un malentendido (on Mario Vargas Llosa’s La guerra del fin del mundo), A imitação dos sentidos(on Euclides da Cunha’s Os sertões), Hispanic America, Brazil, and the Caribbean: Comparative Approaches, and Os sertões (ed.), and Discurso, Ciência e Controvérsia em Euclides da Cunha (ed.). He has also worked on Colonial Latin American literature and historiography. He can be reached by email at

Robert J. Blake (Ph.D. University of Texas, Austin) is a professor of Spanish linguistics at UC Davis and founding director of the UC Language Consortium ( He has published widely in Spanish linguistics on topics in the history of the language, syntax, and applied linguistics, and new technologies (CALL). In 2004, he became a member of the North American Academic of the Spanish Language, making him a corresponding member of the Royal Spanish Academy. In 2008, Georgetown University Press published his book Brave New Digital Classroom; a second edition was released in 2013. He developed an online first-year Spanish course in Fall 2011 and helped to produce a similar online offering for Arabic. Currently, he is producing a second-year online course with other colleagues. In Fall 2013, Prof. Blake had the distinction of being named visiting professor in the Curso de Altos Estudios del Español at the University of Salamanca, Spain. He can be reached by email at

Travis G. Bradley (Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University) is an Associate Professor of Spanish Linguistics. His primary research interests include phonological theory, Judeo-Spanish linguistics, phonetic and phonological variation in Ibero-Romance and other languages, and historical Romance phonology. Other interests include second language acquisition and technology-enhanced language learning. Professor Bradley has published in Probus, Lingua, Estudios de fonética experimental, Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, Southwest Journal of Linguistics, Lingua(gem), and the Journal of Educational Computing Research. He has contributed chapters to various books, including Fonética y fonología descriptivas de la lengua española, Optimality-Theoretic Studies in Spanish Phonology, Historical Romance Linguistics: Retrospective and Perspectives, Laboratory Approaches to Spanish Phonology, Experimental and Theoretical Approaches to Romance Linguistics, and Romance Linguistics 2007, among others. Along with Rafael Núñez Cedeño and Sonia Colina, he co-edited Fonología generativa contemporánea de la lengua española (2a edición, Georgetown University Press, 2014). He can be reached by email at

M. C. Colombi (Ph. D. University of California, Santa Barbara ) is a Professor of Spanish Linguistics at UC Davis. Her research interests include: educational linguistics, functional grammar and sociolinguistics with emphasis on Spanish in the United States. She is the President Elect of the International Systemic Functional Linguistics Association (2005-2008). Recent publications include: Mi lengua: Spanish as a Heritage Language in the U.S., coedited with Ana Roca (GUP:2003), Developing Advanced Literacy in First and Second Language, coedited with Mary Schleppegrell (LEA,2002); Palabra abierta, coauthored with Jill Pellettieri and Mabel Rodríguez (Houghton Mifflin, 2001), La enseñanza del español a hispanohablantes: praxis y teoría, coeditor with Francisco X. Alarcón (Houghton Mifflin, 1997). She can be reached by e-mail at

Robert McKee Irwin (Ph.D. New York University) is a Professor and Chancellor's Fellow. He specializes in Mexican and Latin American Cultural Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies; Border Studies/Interamerican Studies: especially 19th and early 20th centuries. He is the author of Mexican Masculinities (2003) and Bandits, Captives, Heroines, and Saints: Cultural Icons of Mexico's Northwest Borderlands (2007); coeditor of Diccionario of estudios culturales latinoamericanos (2009); The Famous 41: Sexuality and Social Control in Mexico, c. 1901 (2003); and Hispanisms and Homosexualities (1998). He is currently working on a collaborative project on the international reception of Mexican golden age cinema. He is cofounder and faculty cosponsor of the Latin@american Cultural Studies research cluster at UC Davis, and manages UC Davis's collaborative working agreement in Latin American cultural studies with the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá. He is also the current Chair of the Modern Language Association's Mexican Cultural and Literary Studies discussion group. He can be reached by email at

Michael Lazzara (Ph.D. Princeton University) is Associate Professor of Latin American literature and cultural studies, as well as director and affiliated faculty with the Designated Emphasis in Human Rights. He specializes in contemporary narrative, literature of the Southern Cone, dictatorship and post-dictatorship cultural production, exile, memory, and trauma studies. He is the author of Chile in Transition: The Poetics and Politics of Memory (2006) and Luz Arce and Pinochet’s Chile: Testimony in the Aftermath of State Violence (2011), among other books. He is also co-editor of Telling Ruins in Latin America (2009), with Vicky Unruh. His current book project is titled “Civil Obedience: Narratives of Complicity and Metamorphosis in Post-Pinochet Chile.” He is also working on an edited volume called Latin American Documentary Film in the New Millennium. He can be reached by email at

Adrienne L. Martín (Ph.D. Harvard University) is Professor of Golden Age Spanish Literature. She has published widely in Spain, Latin America and the U.S. on a variety of topics and genres in Golden Age literature, including Cervantes, humor, sexuality, erotic literature, lyric poetry, and animal studies. She is the author of Cervantes and the Burlesque Sonnet (1991), An Erotic Philology of Golden Age Spain (2008) and co-editor of Venus venerada: tradiciones eróticas de la literatura española (2006), Venus venerada II: Literatura erótica y modernidad en España (2007), Spain’s Multicultural Legacies. Studies in Honor of Samuel G. Armistead (2008), and Lope de Vega, El perro del hortelano (2011). She is currently writing a book on animals in early modern literature. She teaches Golden Age Lyric Poetry, Prose and Theater; Cervantes; Don Quijote; Women in Golden Age Literature; Erotic Literature; Drama and Performance. She can be reached by email at

Cristina Martínez-Carazo (Ph.D. University of California, Davis) is a Professor of Spanish Literature and a native of Spain. Her research and publications focus on Spanish culture and film, art history and 19th century and contemporary Spanish novel. She has published numerous articles and the following scholarly books: Almodóvar en la prensa de Estados Unidos (2013); De la visualidad literaria a la visualidad fílmica en La Regenta de Clarín (2006); Contra el olvido: El exilio español en Estados Unidos (Co-editor) (2009); Contemporary Spanish FictionDictionary of Literary Biography (Co-editor) (2005); Hispanismo y cine. (Co-editor) (2007); Spain’s Multicultural Legacies (Co-editor) (2008). She has developed and directed several UC Davis Education Abroad programs in Spain. She is currently a visiting professor at the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo in Santander, Spain and a member of the Elon Seminar on Integrating Global Learning with the University Experience: Higher Impact Study Abroad (Elon University 2015-2017). She can be reached by email at

Robert Patrick Newcomb (Ph.D. Brown University) is an Associate Professor of Luso-Brazilian Studies. He specializes in comparative Luso-Hispanic studies and 19th and 20th century Luso-Brazilian and Hispanic/Spanish American literature and intellectual history. He has published the book Nossa and Nuestra América: Inter-American Dialogues (Purdue UP, 2011), plus several articles, translations, and reviews. His translation of Alfredo Bosi’s Brazil and the Dialectic of Colonization will be published in August 2015 by University of Illinois Press. His current book project, Iberianism and Crisis: Spain and Portugal at the Turn of the Twentieth Century is under review as of May 2015. He is founder and co-director of the UC Comparative Iberian Studies Working Group. At UC Davis, Prof. Newcomb teaches undergraduate- and graduate courses on Luso-Brazilian and Latin American literature, as well as Portuguese language. He is Undergraduate Advisor for Portuguese and co-director of UC Davis’s Brazil summer abroad program. He can be reached by email at

Ana Peluffo (Ph.D. New York University) is an Associate Professor of Latin American literature and cultures. Her areas or scholarly interest include nineteenth-century Latin American studies, gender, film and visual cultures. She is the author of Lágrimas Andinas: Sentimentalismo, género y virtud republicana en Clorinda Matto de Turner (Pittsburgh: ILLI, 2005), Pensar el Siglo XIX desde el siglo XXI: Nuevas miradas y lecturas (editor, 2009); and Masculinidades del siglo XIX en América Latina (co-edited with Ignacio Sánchez Prado, 2009). Her essays have appeared in journals such as “The Latin American Literary Review”, “A contracorriente”, “Revista Iberoamericana”, “Revista de crítica literaria latinoamericana”, “Nómada”, “Chasqui”, and “Revista de estudios hispánicos”, among others, as well as in several critical collections. She is currently working on the politics of affect and emotion in Latin American literature and film. She can be reached by email at

Claudia Sanchez-Gutierrez (Ph.D. University of Salamanca) is an Assistant Professor in Spanish Linguistics. She is interested in applied linguistics and works with both psycholinguistic experimental designs and classroom research. She is currently working on various projects that analyze the treatment of vocabulary in elementary Spanish textbooks in Spain and in the US, while also developing a corpus of real classroom interactions, which include teacher talk and students’ output. She is also the First-Year Spanish coordinator and, as such, she is interested in a broad range of subjects that are related to TA training initiatives, classroom observations and research-action projects. She is always happy to discuss about issues, ideas or projects that relate to second language learning and teaching. She can be reached by e-mail at

Department Chair

Ana Peluffo

Graduate Advisers

Department Adviser (for signatures on forms and general information):

Cecilia Colombi

Discipline-specific Advisers:

Graduate Program Committee


  • Cecilia Colombi, Chair
  • Ana Peluffo (ex-officio)
  • Diana Aramburu
  • Claudia Sanchez-Gutierrez
  • Robert Newcomb