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The Department of Latin American, Latino, & Iberian Studies (LALIS) is a diverse community that perceives the study of language, literature, and culture as integral to understanding the human experience. Our interdisciplinary humanities program highlights the cultural and linguistic diversity of the Iberian Peninsula and the Americas, including varieties of Spanglish in the United States. Our unique and expanding course catalog, which emphasizes content relevant to the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking worlds, includes courses in languages, literatures, linguistics, and community-based learning, as well as film, theater, performance, translation, cultural, and Latino studies. In LALIS, we welcome students of all linguistic backgrounds, whether their language experience began at home or in school, in the United States or abroad. We prepare students to engage in purposeful lives by fostering intellectual curiosity and integrity, cross-cultural awareness, and linguistic empathy. 

We are committed to empowering students to combat racial and social inequities. 

Student Success
  • Matt Kanwit, '05 has been promoted to Associate Professor at University of Pittsburgh.
  • Congratulations to the 2022 LALIS Award Winners:

Outstanding LALIS Majors
Hannah Grace Howell
Anna Postma

Outstanding Service to the Richmond Hispanic Community
Ally Osterberg

Outstanding Assistant Teacher in LALIS
Isabelle Drayer

The Modern Languages Award-Latin American, Latino & Iberian Studies
Braxton Hughes

 

Faculty Highlights

  • Feldman Attended Staged Reading

    Sharon G. Feldman, William Judson Gaines Chair in Modern Foreign Languages, attended the staged reading of her English language translation of The Nicest Body Ever Seen Around These Parts (2021) by Catalan playwright Josep Maria Miró, directed by Jay Stull and performed by actor David Skeist at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at the CUNY Graduate Center. The event, the culmination of Miró’s three-week residency in New York City, was produced by The Play Company, with the collaboration of the Institut Ramon Llull and the Sala Beckett (Barcelona).

  • Giancaspro Awarded Tenure & Promotion

    David Giancaspro was awarded tenure and promotion to associate professor of Spanish. Dr. Giancaspro's research focuses on heritage language, specifically linguistic heritage bilingualism and the acquisition of third languages.

  • Janette Amaral- Rodriguez Awarded Tenure & Promotion

    Janette Amaral-Rodriguez was awarded tenure and promotion to associate professor of Spanish. Dr. Amaral-Rodriguez's research focuses on colonial-era Latin American literature and culture with a specific emphasis on sixteenth-century Mexico, and she publishes in both Spanish and
    English.

  • Méndez Delivers Presentation

    While on a Fulbright Scholar Award in Brazil, Mariela Méndez, associate professor of Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies and women, gender, and sexuality studies, delivered the presentation “Impertinências feministas no arquivo clariceano: Proposta para uma aproximação material sensorial e performática às intervenções feministas” [“Feminist Impertinences in the Claricean Archive: Proposal for a Material Sensorial and Performative Approach to Feminist Interventions”] at a roundtable on Impertinências Feministas na Literatura Latinoamericana [Feminist Impertinences in Latin American Literature] organized by the Feminist Lab at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro.

  • Méndez Published

    Mariela Méndez, associate professor of Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies and women, gender, and sexuality studies, published the chapter “Que(e)rying Femininities: Clarice Lispector’s Correio Feminino on TV Globo” in After Clarice: Reading Lispector’s Legacy in the Twenty-First Century.

  • Kissling & Arnold Published

    Elizabeth Kissling, associate professor of Spanish and applied linguistics, along with Taylor Arnold, associate professor of statistics, published the article "Preliminary Evidence that Applied Cognitive Linguistics is Effective for Novice Learners Regardless of their Individual Differences" in Language Teaching Research

  • Kissling Published

    Elizabeth Kissling, associate professor of Spanish and applied linguistics, published the article "Exploring Boundedness for Concept-Based Instruction of Aspect: Evidence from Novice L1 English Speakers Learning the Spanish Preterite and Imperfect" in The Modern Language Journal.

  • Kissling Published

    Elizabeth Kissling, associate professor of Spanish and applied linguistics, published the article "From Rule-Based Explicit Instruction to Explicit Knowledge: A Pilot Study on How L1 English Speakers Interpret Pedagogical Rules about Spanish Preterite and Imperfect" in Instructed Second Language Acquisition.

  • Giancaspro Published

    David Giancaspro, assistant professor of Spanish, and Josh Higdon, '21, published the article, "(Ir)regular Mood Swings: Lexical Variability in Heritage Speakers' Oral Production of Subjunctive Mood" in Language Learning.

  • Giancaspro Published

    David Giancaspro, assistant professor of Spanish, published a chapter in Language in Development and Use: A Crosslinguistic Perspective.

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.

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.

Videos

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.

Upcoming Events

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SSIR Living on the Frontera, Trip to San Diego and Tijuana
Living on the Frontera: U.S./Mexico Border

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: Mariela Méndez
Administrative Coordinator: Sarah Helen Studebaker
Director of Community-Based Learning: Karina Vazquez
Director of Spanish Intensive Language Program: Ted Peebles