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The Department of Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies offers classes in the languages, literatures, and cultures of the Iberian Peninsula and the Americas.

Department NewsThe Spanish CBL program is pleased to partner with University Museums to offer Spanish-language guided tours of museum exhibits, led by students. For information or reservations, contact Martha Wright  or Karina Vazquez.

LALIS Feature Stories

Alexandra Harter, '18

Alexandra Harter, '18, graduated with a degree in History, and Spanish. Alexandra was a Museum Attendant with UR Museums between 2016-2018 and was a Research Assistant for Dr. Elizabeth Kissling during the spring 2018.

During the summer of 2018, Alexandra worked for the Department of Latin American, Latino & Iberian Studies and UR Museums curating a Spanish language Museo Ambulante for three different Spanish proficiency levels. The exhibit topic is "La familia/The Family," as represented in different paintings, photographs, and prints from the UR Museums collection. Alexandra created Spanish scripts for the tour and three sets of activities ranging from vocabulary learning to advanced writing. The Museo Ambulante "La familia" will be used by students enrolled in LAIS 301- Spanish in the Community for their semester long CBL Project, and by future UR students interested in delivering bilingual tours for UR Museums. At the same time, Alexandra applied her Spanish skills and Museum knowledge while working as a Docent at the Agecroft Hall and Gardens. She plans to attend graduate school to earn a MA in Museum Studies with a History focus.

Faculty Highlights

  • Mauney Certification

    LALIS administrative coordinator Michele Mauney earned her certification as a Certified Administrative Professional.

  • Mendez Grant

    LALIS professor Mariela Mendez has received a collaborative grant from the Chilean Comisión Nacional de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica (CONICYT) to further her research on the Brazilian press and on female contributions in Latin American and American magazines.

  • Feldman Translation Performed

    LALIS professor Sharon Feldman’s English translation of Liberto, an award-winning Catalan play by Gemma Brió, was given a professional staged reading in the performance space of the Instituto Cervantes in New York City. 

  • Kissling Studies

    LALIS professor Elizabeth Kissling published research studies exploring the potential of cognitive linguistics for teaching Spanish prepositions in What is Applied Cognitive LInguistics? and exploring the methodological challenges of phonetics research in the highly variable population of Spanish heritage learners in the U.S. in the Heritage Language Journal.

  • Vazquez and Wright Article

    LALIS professor Karina Vazquez and University Museums' Martha Wright published "Making Visible the Invisible: Social Justice and Inclusion through the Collaboration of Museus and Spanish Community-Based Learning Projects," in the Southern Conference on Language Teaching's journal Dimension.

  • Vazquez Book Chapter

    Dr. Karina Vazquez contributed the chapter, "La poética visual en La sueñera (1984), de Ana María Shua," to the book Minificción y nanofilología: latitudes de la hiperbrevedad.

  • Mendez Presentation

    Dr. Mariela Mendez was invited to lead a seminar on a chapter from her book, at an event organized by Centro de Investigación y Documentación of Universidad Finis Terrae, Santiago de Chile,

  • Feldman Book

    Dr. Sharon Feldman published The Limits of Silence: The Censorship of Catalan Theatre during Francoism.

  • Ferman Service Award

    Dr. Claudia Ferman was recently recgonized for 25 years of service to the University of Richmond.

  • Ferman Film

    Dr. Claudia Ferman recently screened her short film, "LASA, 50 Years of Continuous Dialogue and Action,” at the United Nations.

Scholarship Repository Readership

The University of Richmond's Scholarship Repository shares faculty publications with a world-wide audience. The map below shows where articles from LALIS faculty are being read around the globe.


UR Learning Abroad: Gwen Setterberg,

UR Learning Abroad: Gwen Setterberg, '15

UR Learning Abroad: Gwen Setterberg, ’15 discusses her academic year in Brazil and how living abroad gave new meaning and understanding to the music she loves to perform.

Latin American and Iberian Studies: Práctica Oral

Latin American and Iberian Studies: Práctica Oral

In Práctica Oral, University of Richmond students learn Spanish through small group conversation. These interactive and fast-paced sessions are led by fellow undergraduate students who serve as assistant teachers.

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Contact Us

Mailing Address:
Department of Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies
University of Richmond
211 Richmond Way
Carole Weinstein International Center
University of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 484-1543
Fax: (804) 484-1544

Department Chair: Angel Otero-Blanco
Administrative Coordinator: Michele Mauney
Director of Community-Based Learning: Karina Vazquez
Director of Spanish Intensive Language Program: Ted Peebles