Faculty

Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty

Sherry Velasco

Professor of Spanish and Gender Studies; Interim Chair, Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles

Sherry Velasco specializes in early-modern Spanish prose and theater and early modern women’s narrative, and is interested in gender studies, queer theory, and visual cultural studies.  She is the author of four books, most recently Lesbians in Early Modern Spain (Vanderbilt UP, 2011) and Male Delivery: Reproduction, Effeminacy, and Pregnant Men in Early Modern Spain (Vanderbilt UP, 2006).

Email: svelasco@usc.edu.  Telephone: 1-213-740-8568.  Office: THH 342.

Roberto Ignacio Díaz

Associate Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature

Ph.D., A.M. Harvard University; B.S. Georgetown University

Roberto Ignacio Díaz writes about Latin American literary and cultural history with a focus on transatlantic relations. He is the author of Unhomely Rooms: Foreign Tongues and Spanish American Literature (Bucknell UP, 2002), and is presently writing a book on Latin America and opera.  He has codirected the Buenos Aires and Madrid summer programs and a comparative literature summer course in Hong Kong and Macau.

Email: rdiaz@usc.edu.  Telephone: 1-213-740-1271.  Office: THH 374.

Erin Graff Zivin

Associate Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature

Ph.D. New York University; M.A. University of California, Berkeley

Erin Graff Zivin’s research and teaching interests focus on constructions of "Jewishness" in the Luso-Hispanic Atlantic, aesthetic representations of torture and interrogation, and the intersection of ethical philosophy and critical theory. She is the author of The Wandering Signifier: Rhetoric of Jewishness in the Latin American Imaginary (Duke UP, 2008) and editor of The Ethics of Latin American Literary Criticism: Reading Otherwise (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).

Email: egz@usc.edu.  Telephone: 1-213-740-7659.  Office: THH 156-M.

Julián Gutiérrez-Albilla

Associate Professor of Spanish

Ph.D. University of Cambridge; M.A. University of California, Berkeley; B.A. University College London

Julián Daniel Gutierrez-Albilla is the author of Queering Buñuel: Sexual Dissidence and Psychoanalysis in his Mexican and Spanish Cinema, and numerous articles on Spanish and Latin American cinema, including the films of Almodóvar, Walter Salles and Lucrecia Martel.  He is currently working on a book on ethics, memory, and subjectivity in contemporary Spanish cinema, and editing two collected volumes: on Buñuel, and on women filmmakers in the Hispanic and Lusophone world.

Email: juliangu@usc.edu.  Telephone: 1-213-740-1258.  Office: THH 156-K.

Brenno Kenji Kaneyasu

Assistant Professor of Portuguese
Ph.D., M.A. University of California, Berkeley; B.A. Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
 
Brenno Kenji Kaneyasu's research and teaching focus on the intersection of 19th and 20th century Brazilian and Spanish American literatures, aesthetics, and the theoretical triad of philosophy, law, and political theory. His current research interests include the essay and experimental narratives in Brazil and Argentina; the relation between Critical Theory, rhetoric, and aesthetics; and the theory of fiction as it relates to political representation and the formation of discourses of authority.

Email: brennokenji@usc.edu. Telephone: 1-213-740-1270. Office: THH 156-K.

Mario Saltarelli

Professor of Spanish

Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Mario Saltarelli is a comparative linguist of the Romance languages and their dialects, especially Spanish and Italian, as well as Latin and Basque. He studies the interfaces: prosody (rhythm and duration), morpho-syntax (case, number), semantics (mass/count nouns), and speech acts (imperative) in light of minimalist assumptions about the form of grammar: The Syntax of Imperative Clauses, Cambridge UP (forthcoming).

 

Email: saltarel@usc.edu.  Telephone: 1-213-740-1261.  Office: THH 156-R.

Samuel Steinberg

Assistant Professor of Spanish

Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania; M.A. University of California, Irvine; B.A. University of California, Santa Cruz

Samuel Steinberg's research and teaching engage modern and contemporary Latin American literature and visual culture, as well as critical theory and political thought. He is the author of Photopoetics at Tlatelolco: Afterimages of Mexico, 1968 (University of Texas Press, forthcoming 2015). Currently he is preparing a book tentatively entitled Latin American Literature in the Age of Global War

Email: samuelst@usc.edu.  Telephone: 1-213-740-8144.  Office: THH 156-P.

Emeriti

Carmen Silva-Corvalán

Professor Emerita of Spanish

Ph.D., M.A. University of California, Los Angeles; M.A. University of London; B.A. Universidad de Chile

Carmen Silva-Corvalán’s research and teaching focus on the sociolinguistic forces motivating language variation and change, and on the issue of linguistic interaction in adult and child bilingualism, which is examined in her book Language Contact and Change: Spanish in Los Angeles (Oxford UP, 1994).   She is the author or editor of seven books, the latest one being Bilingual Language Acquisition: Spanish and English in the first six years (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014).

Email: csilva@usc.edu.  Telephone: 1-213-740-0960.  Office: THH 353.

Non-Tenure-Track Faculty

Andrea Parra

Assistant Professor (Teaching) of Spanish; Interim Director, Basic Language Program

Ph.D. Columbia University; M.A. Middlebury College; B.A. Wellesley College

Andrea Parra joined USC in 1999. Her teaching experience runs the gamut from language instruction at all levels to Spanish and Latin  American cultures.  She has lived in Madrid, Spain, and has traveled extensively in Latin America. Her pedagogical interests include the development of multimedia instructional resources and language assessment.  She currently has an ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) rating of Superior in Spanish.

Email: aparra@usc.edu.  Telephone: 1'213-740-1258.  Office: THH 156-H.

Vianey Cabrera

Lecturer in Spanish and Portuguese

M.A. Stanford University; B.A. Occidental College

Vianey Cabrera has been teaching both Spanish and Portuguese at USC since 2007 and Portuguese since 2007.  Previously, she taught Spanish for heritage speakers at Stanford University, where she also received the Centennial Teaching Award.  Her courses include content-based multimedia instructional materials and a communicative based approach.  In her dissertation, currently in progress, she explores representations of the border and migrant experience.

Email: canobrit@usc.edu.  Telephone: 1-213-747-0743.  Office: THH 156-F.

Carolina Castillo Larrea

Lecturer in Spanish

Ph.D. Boston University; B.A. Universidad de Córdoba

Carolina began teaching at Wellesley College and Boston University, where she obtained the Annual Award for Excellence in Teaching for three consecutive years.  At USC since 2011, she has taught language and literature courses as well as Spanish for reading knowledge, and participated in the Valencia summer program.  Her scholarly interests include teaching methodology, technology in the classroom, and medieval and Renaissance Spanish literature.

Email: cast137@usc.edu.  Telephone: 1-213-740-1258.  Office: THH 266.

Marianna Chodorowska-Pilch

Associate Professor (Teaching) of Spanish

Ph.D. University of Southern California; M.A. University of Illinois at Chicago; B.A. University of Warsaw, Poland

Marianna Chodorowska-Pilch has taught Spanish at USC since 1998.  She has created and/or coordinated a number of courses, including “Spanish for Business and the Law” and “Spanish Advanced Grammar and Translation.”  In 2010, she created an interdisciplinary summer course on immigration in Valencia, Spain.  Her scholarly interests include pragmatics, grammaticalization, language acquisition, and Spanish grammar used in different contexts.

Email: chodorow@usc.edu.  Telephone: 1-213-740-1258.  Office: THH-Q.

Jaclyn Cohen-Steinberg

Lecturer in Spanish

Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University

Jaclyn Cohen-Steinberg has been teaching at USC since 2012. She received her PhD in 2011 from Johns Hopkins University where she taught Spanish language and literature courses. Born from Argentinian parents, Jackie incorporates Latin American culture into her courses. Her scholarly interests include Golden Age Spanish literature and history, gender representations in the Renaissance and Baroque periods, and the novela corta genre.

Email: cohenste@usc.edu. Telephone: 213-821-5449. Office: THH 156S.

Maura Crowley

Lecturer in Spanish

Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; M.A. University of Virginia; B.A. Pennsylvania State University

Maura Crowley is a Fulbright Scholar with teaching experience from the University of Pennsylvania who has also taught internationally in Grenoble, France.  She had full scholarships to graduate school, where she researched nation-building in nineteenth-century literature.  She has taught courses in French and Spanish in literature, history, media studies, culture, healthcare, language, writing and ESL.  She created and taught a 400-level course in Pan-African history and developed a teaching training program. Here, she teaches literature and language.

Email: mpcrowle@usc.edu.  Telephone: 1-213-740-1258.  Office: THH 266.

Marie Enright

Lecturer in Spanish

Ph.D., M.A. University of California, Los Angeles; B.A. Carleton College

Marie Enright has taught Spanish at USC since 2010.  Her areas of teaching and research include Spanish language instruction at all levels, gender studies, nineteenth- and  twentieth-century Spanish literature, nationalism, marginality, postcolonial Francophone literature, and postcolonial theory.  She has studied in Mexico, France and Morocco and has traveled extensively in Latin America and Europe.  

Email: menright@usc.edu.  Telephone: 1-213-740-1258.  Office: THH 266.

M. Mercedes Fages Agudo

Lecturer in Spanish

Licenciatura, Universitat de Barcelona

Mercedes Fages Agudo joined USC in 2011 after a three-year post at St. Edwards School, Oxford, U.K., where she became Head of Spanish. She has previously taught Spanish at the Ohio State University and Nazareth College, and her focus has been on language instruction at all levels. She has particular interests in second-language acquisition, teaching methodology, and language assessment. Mercedes is currently developing a new course in Catalan language and culture.

Email: fagesagu@usc.edu.  Telephone: 1-213-740-1258.  Office: THH 120.

Lorena Gallego

Senior Lecturer in Spanish

M.A., B.A. Arizona State University

Lorena Gallego, a native of Spain, joined USC in 2006.  She previously taught Spanish at Arizona State University as well as several community colleges.  Her focus has been intermediate and advanced Spanish as well as Spanish for heritage speakers and advanced Spanish conversation. She has particular interests in foreign language acquisition, Spanish film and literature, Jewish history and Sephardic studies. She is currently developing a course in Spanish language through film.

Email: lsgalleg@usc.edu.  Telephone: 1-213-740-1258.  Office: THH 120.

Ivette Gómez

Lecturer in Spanish

Ph.D. University of California, Irvine

Ivette Gómez has been teaching Spanish at USC since 2010.  She teaches basic language courses as well as more advanced courses that study the relations between art and society. All her courses integrate the use of content-based multimedia instructional materials.  Her scholarly interests and work focus on the study of the relations between literature and the city, Caribbean music and Spanish and Latin American film.

Email: igomez@usc.edu. Telephone: 1-213-740-1258.  Office: THH 266.

Anahit Hakoupian

Assistant Professor (Teaching) of Spanish

Ph.D. University of Southern California; M.A., B.A. University of California, Los Angeles

At USC, Anahit Hakoupian has taught language as well upper division courses.  She has served both as trainer (USC Foreign Language Teacher Training) and mentor  (faculty at the Department of  Spanish and Portuguese), and has received recognition for outstanding teaching.  In addition, she is an ACTFL- OPI Certified Rater.  She has presented papers on literature at national conferences.  Lastly, she has served as coordinator for the Persian Placement Exam.

Email: anahith@usc.edu.  Telephone: 1-213-740-1258.  Office: THH 156-E.

Leah Kemp

Lecturer in Spanish

Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles

Leah Kemp began teaching Spanish at USC in 2011. Having previously studied and worked in Argentina, Chile, and Mexico, her courses at all levels focus on improving oral and written language production by bringing content and issues from Latin America, U.S. Latino culture, and Spain into the classroom. Her research interests include literary translation, cinema studies, and the representation of concepts of citizenship in post-dictatorship contexts.

Email: leahkemp@usc.edu.  Telephone: 1-213-740-1258.  Office: THH 156-F.

Ana Teresa Martínez

Assistant Professor (Teaching) of Spanish

Ph.D. University of Southern California; M.A. University of Texas at El Paso; M.A. Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3.

Ana Teresa Martínez has been teaching at USC since 2000. Her pedagogical focus is on advanced language courses, including "Spanish for Social and Political Sciences" and "Spanish for Medicine and Health Care."  She has directed or codirected the USC summer programs in Costa Rica and Buenos Aires. Prior to coming to the USA, she taught French at the Universidad Nacional in Costa Rica

Email: atmartin@usc.edu.  Telephone: 1-213-740-1258.  Office: THH 156-Q.

Lori Mesrobian

Lecturer in Spanish

Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley; M.A. Purdue University; B.A. University of California, Irvine

Lori Mesrobian joined the USC faculty in 2012; before coming to USC she was Assistant Director of Spanish Language Instruction at UC Berkeley.  She has also taught courses at the University of San Francisco, Purdue University, and UC Berkeley's Summer Study Program in Madrid.  Her teaching and scholarly interests include twentieth- and twenty-first-century Spanish literature, history and politics.

Email: lmesrobi@usc.edu.  Telephone: 1-213-740-1258.  Office: THH 156-F.

Martín Ocón-Gamarra

Lecturer in Spanish
 
ABD, M.A. University of Georgia; B.A. Universidad Nacional de Trujillo, Peru.
Martín Ocón-Gamarra is a full-time lecturer who just joined the USC faculty in 2014. Before coming to USC, he taught all levels of Spanish and cultural classes at the University of Georgia and Middlebury-Monterrey Language Academy. His scholarly interest and current research focuses on Romance Language Linguistics, Languages in Contact, Grammaticalization and Pragmatics. 
Email: martinog1@gmail.com   Telephone: 706-201-7572  Office: THH 156H

Ellen Oliveira

Lecturer in Portuguese and Spanish

Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara; M.A. Brigham Young University; B.A. Universidade do Vale do Itajaí (Brazil)

Ellen Oliveira is a full-time Lecturer in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Her research presently focuses on Lusophone transatlantic literature. Her scholarly interests include medieval studies, second language acquisition, translation, and transnational literature. Her pedagogical focus is on language instruction, and her courses aim to show the student cultural aspects through the use of multimedia materials and literature.

Email: eoliveir@usc.edu.  Telephone: 1-213-740-1258.  Office: THH 156-L.

Charles Paus

Assistant Professor (Teaching) of Spanish

Ph.D. University of Southern California; M.A., B.A. University of Illinois at Chicago

Charles Paus has been teaching Spanish at USC since 1995.  His pedagogical focus is on communicatively based language instruction at all levels.  Charles is a language enthusiast who has studied in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Argentina and Russia.  He has near-native proficiency in Spanish and Russian and experience as a student of several  other languages.  His scholarly interests include comparative applied linguistics, teaching methodology, and language assessment.

Email: paus@usc.edu.  Telephone: 1-213-740-1258.  Office: THH 156-H.

Sarah Portnoy

Lecturer in Spanish

Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley; B.A. Emory University

Sarah Portnoy received her Ph.D. at UC Berkeley in Romance Languages and Literatures. She teaches courses on Latino culinary culture and food related social issues. For the past few years, she has taught ““The Culture of Food in Hispanic Los Angeles”, a course in which students blog about their culinary experiences in Latino L.A. This Fall she will be teaching a new course, “Food, Health, and the Environment in Latino L.A.” Professor Portnoy has published and lectured extensively in Food Studies.

Email: portnoy@usc.edu.  Telephone: 1-213-740-1258.  Office: THH-L.

Consuelo Sigüenza-Ortiz

Assistant Professor (Teaching) of Spanish

Ph.D., M.A. University of Southern California; B.A. Whittier College

Consuelo Sigüenza-Ortiz has taught Spanish at USC since 1982.  Her pedagogical focus includes language curriculum at all levels, specializing in Spanish for medicine, media and the arts.  Her scholarly interests include sociolinguistic research, the teaching of culture, language acquisition and learning, and teaching methodology and assessment.  She is currently a faculty mentor for El Centro Chicano, the Joint Educational Project, and the USC Latino Faculty Forum.

Email: siguenza@usc.edu.  Telephone: 1-213-740-1258.  Office: THH 156-E.

Liana Stepanyan

Assistant Professor (Teaching) of Spanish

Ph.D. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; M.A. University of Humanities (Armenia)

Liana Stepanyan holds a PhD in Mexican literature and Spanish language and a master's degree in translation (Spanish, English, Russian, Armenian).  She joined USC in 2007 and teaches language and literature courses. She is actively engaged in academic and non-academic activities related to her areas of expertise: foreign language acquisition, translation, Spanish language and Mexican literature, Russian language and Soviet literature.

Email: lstepany@usc.edu. Telephone: 1-213-740-1258.  Office: THH 156-H.

Gayle Vierma

Assistant Professor (Teaching) of Spanish

Ph.D., M.A. University of Southern California; B.A. Kansas State University

Gayle Vierma has taught all levels of Spanish language.  Her research interests focus on second language acquisition and assessment.  She is the author of Testing Manual to Accompany Atando cabos  (2011).  She created the courses “Spanish for Business Communication” and “Spanish Through Social Issues in Costa Rica.” She has directed/co-directed programs in Madrid and Costa Rica.  Recipient of Mellon and Zumberge grants, she received a 2011 Learning Environment grant.

Email: vierma@usc.edu.  Telephone: 1-213-740-1258.  Office: THH 266.

David Zarazúa

Assistant Professor (Teaching) of Spanish

Ph.D. University of Southern California; M.A. New Mexico State University; B.A. Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey 

David Zarazúa has taught Spanish at USC since 1995, at both USC Dornsife and the USC Keck School of Medicine. He is a promoter of student-centered learning and of the use of technology to foster interaction among class participants and between the class and Hispanic cultures. He is an active member of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

Email: zarazua@usc.edu.  Telephone: 1-213-740-1258.  Office: THH 156-L

Postdoctoral Fellows

Natalia Pérez

USC Provost's Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities

Ph.D. Princeton University; M.A. University of California, Irvine; B.A. UNAM

Natalia Pérez's research and teaching engage early modern Spanish and transatlantic literature and culture, with a special emphasis on the relationship between drama and theories of orality, voice, and sound. Her dissertation, Whispered Materiality: Voice and Gender in the Theater of Early Modern Spain, focused on the philosophical question of Voice in relation to the theatre of Golden Age Spain. She plans to work on a book project tentatively titled, Marrano Theater: Distribution of the Sensible in the Early Modern Comedia.

Recent Faculty Publications

Sherry Velasco, Lesbians in Early Modern Spain (Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2011).

Erin Graff Zivin, Figurative Inquisitions: Conversion, Torture, and Truth in the Luso-Hispanic Atlantic (Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Press, 2014).

Julián Daniel Gutiérrez-Albilla and Rob Stone, eds., A Companion to Luis Buuel (Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013).

Julian Daniel Gutierrez-Albilla and Parvati Nair, eds., Hispanic and Lusophone Women Filmmakers: Theory, Practice and Difference (Manchester University Press, 2013).

Asier Alcázar and Mario Saltarelli, The Syntax of Imperatives (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014).

Carmen Silva-Corvalán, Bilingual Language Acquisition: Spanish and English in the first six years (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014).

Samuel Steinberg, “Touching the Common: Contemporary Art and Mesoamerican War,” Third Text 27, no. 5 (2013): 607–19. 

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