was born in Cárdenas, Cuba. He completed his BA degree in American History and Spanish at St. John’s University (Collegeville, Minnesota). He earned his Ph.D. in Spanish American literature from the University of Iowa. During his tenure at UNF, as well as during his more than twenty years at Western Michigan University, he has taught language, literature and culture at all levels. He teaches Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition regularly, and he has frequently taught as well third-year composition classes. Professor Febles, who co-edits the literary and cultural journal
has published extensively on Latin American and Spanish literature. Lately, his research has focused on Cuban theater. In 1991, Professor Febles won the State of Michigan Teaching Excellence Award, and in 1997, he received the Alumni Teaching Excellence Award. Professor Febles is a Corresponding Member of the North American Royal Academy of the Spanish language.
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María Ángeles Fernández Cifuentes is an Associate Professor of Spanish. She holds a B.A. in Spanish Philology from the University of Valladolid (Spain), a M.A. in Hispanic literatures from the University of Cincinnati, and a Ph.D. in Hispanic Literatures from the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of a monograph on Lope de Vega’s short novels, “Tradición e innovación en las Novelas a Marcia Leonarda de Lope de Vega,” which was published in 2013 by Peter Lang in its Ibérica series, and several articles on the mutual influence of theater and prose in Lope’s work. She has also edited a Festschrift in honor of Professor Stanislav Zimic. Her recent research focuses on the relations between the verbal and the visual in Cervantes and Calderón, as well as on modern adaptations of Spanish early modern classics . Professor Fernández Cifuentes led the UNF Study Abroad Program in Santander (Spain) from 2013 to 2016. She enjoys reading, cooking, and the empowering awkwardness of struggling with a yoga pose.
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Patricia Geesey, Department Chair and Professor of French, joined the UNF faculty in August, 1991, after completing a PhD in French and Francophone Literature from the Ohio State University. Her research examines French-language fiction from North Africa and film and fiction from France’s Franco-Maghrebi, Muslim population. In addition to her work on Franco-Maghrebi writing and cinema, she has published the English translation of Mouloud Feraoun’s 1953 novel, Land and Blood (2012, University of Virginia Press). Patricia Geesey teaches courses on French language, literature, film and culture, especially French-language writing from North Africa. Faculty Bio Page
Gregory Helmick has a Ph.D. in Hispanic Literatures from the University of Texas at Austin. At UNF, he has taught beginning and intermediate Spanish language courses, courses on grammar and composition, Caribbean cultural studies, and U.S. Hispanic literature and cultures. He is the author of Archival Dissonance in the U.S. Cuban Post-Exile Novel, 2016. His current research focuses on historical, cultural, and literary connections between Cuba and north Florida. Faculty Bio Page
Nuria Ibáñez Quintana was born in Spain. She earned a BA in Philology at the University of Zaragoza (Spain), a Master and Ph.D degree in Spanish at Western Michigan University and a Doctoral degree in Philology at the University of Burgos (Spain). Prior to teaching at the University of North Florida, Professor Ibáñez taught Spanish language, literature and culture courses at various levels at Western Michigan University, the University of Burgos (Spain) and at the University of Querétaro (México), where she acted as the resident director for the Study Abroad program for a semester.
Professor Ibáñez specializes in Spanish Composition and Ibero-American theatre and cinema courses. Dr. Ibáñez research focuses in Ibero-American theatre. She is the author of the book Funciones de género (Peter Lang, Currents in Comparative Romance Languages and Literatures) that deals with different approaches to cultural and societal notions of gender presented in the Ibero-American stages. She has also published numerous articles in journals like Estreno: Revista de teatro español contemporáneo, Gestos: Teoría y práctica del teatro hispánico y Revista de Literatura mexicana contemporánea, among others. Her research interests include Contemporary Ibero-American theatre and Spanish film focusing on migrations, gender, violence, memory, and community theatre. She is currently writing the volume Calesdocopio: nuevos espacios de encuentro en escena. At the moment she is expanding her research to Spanish language and Hispanic culture related to the healthcare, and she recently designed and began teaching Spanish for Health Professions. Professor Ibáñez led the UNF Summer Term Study Abroad at the University of Cantabria (Spain) from 2009- 2012, and she serves as the Faculty Advisor for the UNF chapter of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society Sigma Delta Pi.Faculty Bio Page
Constanza López Baquero is an associate professor of Spanish at the University of North Florida. She obtained her Ph.D. in Hispanic Literatures at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her research interests include Latin American literatures of the XX and XXI centuries, women writers, autobiography and testimonio, gender and violence, film and documentary, human rights and activism, migrations, and hip hop and youth cultures. She is author of Trauma, memoria y cuerpo: el testimonio femenino en Colombia (1985-2000), 2012. She is currently working on a manuscript for a book titled Collective Efforts: Reterritorializing the Spaces of Violence in Colombia.
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Clayton McCarl, Associate Professor of Spanish, is a scholar of colonial Latin America. His research centers on the textual products of the Early Modern maritime world, and he is concerned in particular with the digital edition of manuscript and rare print materials. He is the founding director and general editor of coloniaLab (unfdhi.org/portfolio/colonialab), a workshop for the collaborative electronic edition of Latin American texts from the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries. He is also the interim chair of the campus-wide UNF Digital Humanities Initiative (unfdhi.org). He teaches courses on Latin American literature and culture and the Spanish language. He also currently teaches the International Studies senior seminar and coordinates the related International Studies Lecture Series (https://www.facebook.com/unf.intl.studies).
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Shira Schwam-Baird is a Professor of French in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. She acquired her Ph.D at Tulane University in 1994. Her specialty is medieval French literature, particularly of the late Middle Ages. She teaches French language and culture classes at all levels, and literature classes both in French and in English translation. She also organizes the Strasbourg French Language Study Abroad program.Dr. Schwam-Baird is part of a team of fellow scholars who have been awarded an NEH Translation and Scholarly Editions grant of $200,000 for a translation and editing project. This three-year project (January 2014-December 2016) funds a digital edition and modern English translation of the last unedited Franco-Italian epic, Huon d’Auvergne, drawing on three manuscripts and one fragment, dating from 1341 to 1441. Dr. Schwam-Baird is translating the Berlin Huon d’Auvergne into English, and checking the Berlin transcription as she translates.
Renee Sum Scott is a professor at the University of North Florida where she teaches Latin American literature, culture, and Spanish. She holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic Literatures from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.A. from the Ohio State University in Spanisn and Spanish American Literatures, and a B.A. from the University of Haifa, Israel in French Literature and Sociology.
Her research focuses on Latin American literature with an emphasis on Jewish writers, Southern Cone, food, ethnicity, and gender. She has published five books and more than twenty articles and chapters on these areas in the United States, Latin America, and Europe. Among her contributions, she was the first to publish on Mexican Rosa Nissan and Uruguayan Marosa di Giorgio in the United States and she is a leading researcher on the texts of Uruguayan Teresa Porzencanski. Her most recent book is What is Eating Latin American Women Writers? Food, Weight, and Eating Disorders (2009).
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Yongan Wu completed his bachelor's degree at Sichuan Normal University, then the master’s and doctoral degree at University of Oklahoma majoring in English Education. Now he teaches Chinese at University of North Florida, which offers a minor degree of Chinese language. His research interests include second language acquisition and cross-cultural studies. When gets chance, he swims, hikes and climbs mountains with his family.
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