Frederick Luis Aldama

Frederick Luis Aldama is Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English & University Distinguished Scholar at The Ohio State University where he is also founder and director of LASER & the Humanities & Cognitive Sciences High School Summer Institute. He is the author, co-author, and editor of over twenty books. He is editor of two book series, Latino Pop Culture and Latino and Latin American Profiles. He coedits an additional three book series: Global Latino/a Americas, Cognitive Approaches to Literature and Culture, and World Comics and Graphic Nonfiction.  He is a member of the standing board for the Oxford Bibliographies in Latino Studies.

Catherine Infante

Assistant Professor of Spanish

Catherine received her Ph.D. in Spanish this May from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During her doctoral studies, she also completed a Ph.D. Minor in Arabic language and literature, which along with her interests in Visual Culture and Mediterranean Studies have allowed her to integrate a more global perspective into her teaching and research. She has recently published articles on Cervantes and the use of religious images in the early modern Mediterranean world. Catherine has been teaching for seven years and looks forward to teaching a variety of interdisciplinary courses at Amherst as well as being involved on campus and in the community. She has lived and studied in Spain, Mexico, and Morocco. Some of her hobbies include reading, swimming, traveling, and cooking.


Carmen Granda

Lecturer of Spanish

Carmen Granda is a PhD candidate at Brown University who specializes in early modern Spanish literature, specifically, Don Quixote. She received a B.A. in French and music from Middlebury College and a M.A. in Spanish literature from Middlebury College School in Spain. While at Brown, she completed a second M.A. in literature. In the last five years, she has taught beginner to advanced Spanish to high school students, undergraduates, and adults. Her hobbies include swimming, piano, and reading about the Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James).

David Rodriguez-Solas

Visiting Assistant Professor

David received his PhD in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages from The Graduate Center, The City University of New York in 2009. His book Teatros Nacionales Republicanos: la Segunda República y el teatro clásico español (Iberoamericana-Vervuert, 2014) is a study of the ways the Spanish theatrical tradition was used in public and private projects in the process of building a national identity during the 1930s. Currently he is working on a book in which he examines the Spanish theatre and film that circulated during the Transition to democracy. Prior to coming to Amherst, David taught at Middlebury College, Bard College and Concordia University (Montreal). He always enjoys a good conversation, and when he finds the time cooking, skiing, swimming and traveling.


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