Courses are taught by NYU Madrid’s own faculty as well as by professors with experience at other Spanish universities and research centers such as the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC). Visiting faculty from New York may teach a course a year, and have also participated in the Graduate Research Conference in spring. For full information on faculty, click here.

M.A. Faculty & Collaborators

MA Faculty Profiles

Luisa Elena Alcalá received a Ph.D. in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, in 1998 with a dissertation on "The Jesuits and the Visual Arts in New Spain, 1680-1767." She is Profesora Titular at the Department of History and Art Theory at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. She has researched and written extensively on the Jesuits in Spanish America, Mexican colonial art, and religious imagery. She edited the volume Fundaciones Jesuíticas en Iberoamérica (2002) and, with Jonathan Brown, she has co-edited Painting in Latin America, 1550-1820: From Conquest to Independence (2015).  Professor Alcalá was awarded a Paul Mellon Senior Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts of the National Gallery of Art (2008-2009) and a Dumbarton Oaks Fellowship (Fall 2009).

Carmen Bordón is ABD in Romance Languages Philology at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She taught undergraduate courses in Spanish Language and Phonetics at the Facultad de Filología at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She has been teaching courses related to Spanish language (Grammar, Phonetics, Conversation) since 1993, both at the undergraduate and graduate level, in several programs of American universities in Madrid. Her main areas of interest are phonetics and sociolinguistics.  She has been doing research in these fields since her graduation, working as an associated researcher in the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas.  She is author of Objetivo DELE B1 (2011).

María Castillo | (PhD. 2008, Hispanic Language and Literatures, New York University) was born in Argentina and arrived in Spain in 2002. She is currently teaching Spanish at NYU and USC in Madrid. Her interests include literature, film and popular culture. After graduating in Performance Arts in Universidad de Buenos Aires, she taught film semiotics at Universidad del Cine and took part in several research projects in Argentine theatre. She teaches the module “The Nation and its Discontents” on Latin American scenes of nation building, focusing particularly in Argentina’s history, literature and politics.  

Julia Doménech completed her Ph.D. (Magna cum Laude) at the Universidad Autónoma Madrid (1997) and was an Associate Professor at its Art History Department (2007-2010). Since 1998 Dr. Doménech has taught at New York University Madrid. She has written extensively on painting and the visual arts, especially in the 19th century concentrating on gender issues, text image relations and visual knowledge. Her publications include La belleza pétrea y la belleza líquida. El sujeto femenino en la poesía y las artes victorianas (2010) and “Perspectivas coloniales y representaciones auto-etnográficas en la Exposición Iberoamericana de Sevilla” (2006). Currently she is completing a new book on the construction of visual space in the 19th century.

Armando Figueroa received a Ph.D. in Latin American Literature from Columbia University in 1990. He teaches Spanish Language and Composition, and Latin American Culture courses in the undergraduate program as well as Cultural History of Latin America at the MA level, at NYU Madrid.  His publications include “Exilio y marginación en La Habana: Zoé Valdés y Pedro Juan Gutiérrez” (2005) and “Eliseo Diego” (1994).  His areas of interest include contemporary Latin American literature, particularly from the Spanish Caribbean region, and literary theory. 

Soledad Gálvez received a Ph.D. in Spanish (Latin American Literature) from Stanford University in 2002.  Her research focuses on literary responses to projects of modernization and modernity in 19th and 20th century Peru, from a historical perspective.   She has taught courses on nation building, modernity and modernization, and cultural history of Latin America, at Hamilton College in New York, the Tufts University-Skidmore College Program in Spain, the Hamilton Academic Year in Spain Program, and NYU Madrid.  Professor Gálvez is Assistant Director of Academic Affairs at NYU Madrid and she currently coordinates the M.A. Program in Spanish and Latin American Literary and Cultural Studies. Her areas of interest include contemporary Latin American literature and culture, and cultural theory.

Mariano Gómez-Aranda received a Ph.D. in Semitic Philology (Hebrew and Aramaic Studies) from Universidad Complutense de Madrid in 1992.  He is a tenured researcher at the CSIC (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas) and a specialist in medieval Jewish exegesis and science. He has published numerous articles and books on Jewish interpretations of the Bible, on the role of Spanish Jews in the history of medieval science and philosophy, and on the connections between Jews and Arabs in the context of cultural crossing and interchange. His publications include “Hezekiah in Question:  Medieval Jewish Controversies on Isaiah 11” (2016) and Dos comentarios de Abraham ibn Ezra al libro de Ester (2007). Professor Gómez Aranda is member of the Editorial Board of several international research journals. 

Francisco Layna received a degree in Journalism (1976-1981) and a Ph.D. in Hispanic Philology (1994) from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He has taught at Harvard University and Boston University.  He currently teaches at several U.S. university programs in Madrid: New York University, Middlebury College, and Boston University. Professor Layna has published numerous research works on Spanish literature of the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries, which include La eficacia del fracaso: Representaciones culturales en la Segunda Parte del Quijote (2005) and La disputa burlesca: origen y trayectoria (1995).  He has co-edited, with Georgina Dopico-Black, USA Cervantes: 39 Cervantistas en los Estados Unidos (2009).

María López Díez (Ph.D., Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 2003) completed her doctoral thesis in the field of architecture of the 15th century. Since then, her research has focused on the architecture and development of the modern city from a historical perspective.  Her publications include Los Trastámara en Segovia. Juan Guas, maestro de obras reales (2006) and “Judíos y mudéjares en la catedral de Segovia (1458-1502)” (2006). She currently teaches various courses related to Art History, Architecture and Contemporary Design, as well as others on heritage and Spanish culture, at the European University of Madrid, the University of Albany in Madrid and NYU-Madrid. Professor López also works as a graphic and editorial coordinator in the publication of catalogs for art museums and exhibitions.

Robert Lubar Messeri is an art historian and scholar of late 19th and early 20th century Spanish and French painting.  A specialist in the work of Joan Miró, he has also published widely on such figures as Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, and Antoni Tàpies.  In addition to his responsibilities as Director of NYU Madrid Professor Lubar has been a member of the faculty of the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University since 1990.   He is currently a trustee of the Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona, and is Director of the Càtedra Miró (Miró Chair) at the Open University of Catalonia, where he oversees the activities of the International Joan Miró Research Group. 

José Pazó received his Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in 1989. He has taught Language and Linguistics classes in different institutions: Ohio State University, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Illinois Wesleyan University, Université de Montréal and New York University. He also spent five years in Japan, teaching at the Kobe City University of Foreign Studies. His areas of interest include linguistics, morphology and its interfaces, translation, Spanish as a second Language, and Japanese studies in language and literature. He has edited Teoría morfológica y morfología del Español (2011) and Los límites de la morfología  (2012).

Isabel Pereira received her Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) in 1995. She is Assistant Director of Academic Affairs at NYU Madrid. Professor Pereira teaches Spanish at different proficiency levels in the undergraduate program as well as courses in methodology and Guided Research projects for MA students. Her areas of interest include curricular development and second language research, particularly, SLA language acquisition and language pedagogy.  Her publications include “La adquisición del pretérito imperfecto en situación de inmersión” (2008) and “La hipótesis del nivel umbral y los programas de inmersión en el extranjero (2008).