Susana Albert has a degree in Spanish Philology from the Universidad Complutense Madrid with a specialty in Linguistics. She is a specialist and certified in Business Spanish by the Madrid Chamber of Commerce. She has been the coordinator of the Spanish department at the University Center Villanueva-EBS in Madrid since 1999. She has been an ELE professor since 1994 and collaborates with the NYU-Madrid summer program since 2005.
Ángel Aragonés received his M.F.A. from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando, Madrid, in 1971. He completed a Landscape and Urban Design course at the University of Paris at Vincennes, 1975. He has been teaching Art History courses at New York University Madrid since 1989 and has also taught at SUNY in Madrid. He was a member of the Spanish Colour Committee of C.S.I.C., under the presidency of Lorenzo Plaza (1982/88), and is a founder of the company DODECAEDRO, S.A., focused on Integral Design, Urban Landscape and Aesthetic, 1987. He is a member of several associations including: BEDA "Bureau of European Designers Associations", the Regional Council of Historical Heritage of Madrid, the committee of experts of Visual Artists Associates Madrid (AVAM), and Counselor of Foundation Torre-Pujales Museum of Contemporary Art, Costa da Morte, La Coruña, Spain.
Almudena Ariza holds a BA and MA degree in Medieval History, doctoral studies in Numismatics and her Ph.D. in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the Complutense University of Madrid. Since January 2000 she has taught courses, delivered lectures and directed travel seminars with several American university study abroad programs including New York University, Stanford University, Syracuse University, University of San Diego and others. She teaches courses on the history of Islam in Spain, International relations between Spain and the Mediterranean Islamic Countries, the History of Sefarad, and History, Politics and Literature of Spain.
Robert Bahar is an Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker, producer and writer. A Creative Capital Fellow, he has dedicated more than a decade to documentary education through Doculink, a community of 4,000 documentarians that he co-founded and directed for ten years. He has guest lectured at USC, UCLA, Brown, Columbia and the Jacob Burns Film Center, among others, and has served as a panelist at numerous filmmaker conferences, grants and festivals. Bahar is the Producer/Writer of the Emmy-winning feature documentary Made in L.A., which screened internationally at 100+ film festivals. He spearheaded its innovative community engagement campaign, which lead to more than 600 community screenings that reached 30,000 people directly, in addition to the two million people who saw it on PBS. Bahar previously directed and produced the documentary Laid to Waste and has line-produced and production managed several independent films, including Diary Of A City Priest, which premiered at Sundance and Pittsburgh, starring Jeff Goldblum, which premiered at Tribeca. He has served on the Board of Directors of the International Documentary Association and holds an M.F.A. from the Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television, which he attended on a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship. In collaboration with Almudena Carracedo, he is currently directing and producing The Silence of Others, a cinematic portrait of the first attempt in history to prosecute crimes of the Franco dictatorship in Spain.
Aída Bueno received her Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Anthropology (sobresaliente cum laude) from the Department of Anthropology, Facultad de Ciencias Políticas y Sociología, from Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Her expertise lies in the field of African Diaspora Studies and Afro-descendent Cultures in Latin America. Professor Bueno spent time in both Brazil and Cuba, conducting fieldwork regarding religions and cultures originating from Africa. Since 1999, she has been teaching various undergraduate and graduate Anthropology courses and is currently conducting research at the Centro de Estudios in migration and racism.
Isabel Cadenas Cañón holds a PhD in Cultural Studies from New York University, with a dissertation about the representations of absence in contemporary Spanish visual culture. She also holds an MA in Performance Studies from Université Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle and an MFA in Creative Writing form NYU. Her areas of research include film-essay, poeticity and memory, all from a materialist-feminist approach. She is a writer and audio producer. She has published two books of poetry and is a regular contributor to several newspapers and magazines (La Marea, eldiario.es). She produces audio documentaries for different radio outlets (Deutsche Welle, La cafetera) and doesn’t believe in the separation between academic and artistic work.
Asun Cano Escoriaza holds a Master's Degree Social Psychology from LSE in London, and a B.S. in Business Administration & Management from Universidad de Zaragoza. She was also a visiting graduate student at Harvard University. She has worked in consultancy, non-profit sector and applied research. Her interests are related to sustainability and CSR, social trends, social and labor inclusion, and social psychology. She is a member of the Advisory Committee at EXIT Foundation.
Carmen Carballo Sanchiz, from Spain, received her degree in Spanish Philology (Linguistics) from the Universidad Complutense, Madrid. She has taught Spanish Language at Duke University and since 1992 she has been teaching at several other American university programs in Spain such as New York University, Middlebury College, University of Delaware and Pepperdine University. Since the summer of 2004 Carmen Carballo has been teaching Spanish grammar at Middlebury College in Vermont and California. Her interests include language pedagogy and materials development.
Almudena Carracedo is an Emmy award-winning filmmaker. Born and raised in Madrid, she has built her career as an artist and filmmaker in the US. She is a Creative Capital Fellow, a Sundance Time Warner Documentary Fellow, a United States Artists Fellow and the recipient of the ESTELA Award from the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP). She was recently honored by Illinois Wesleyan University with a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, in recognition of her work. Her feature documentary "Made in L.A." was praised by The New York Times as "an excellent documentary" about "basic human dignity," and won an Emmy, the Henry Hampton Award from the Council on Foundations and the Hillman Prize for Broadcast Journalism. Carracedo previously directed the short documentary Welcome, A Docu-Journey of Impressions, which won the Sterling Award at Silverdocs. She has served as a panelist and juror at numerous filmmaker conferences and festivals around the world, including Valladolid's SEMINCI, Silverdocs and Santiago's International Documentary Festival in Chile. She frequently lectures at universities and is one of the professors at IPECC's Master of Documentary Production and Direction of the University of Alcalá in Madrid. In collaboration with Robert Bahar, she is currently directing and producing The Silence of Others, a cinematic portrait of the first attempt in history to prosecute crimes of the Franco dictatorship in Spain.
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.
Montserrat Alonso Cuenca, from Spain, received her degree in Hispanic Philology from the Universidad de Alcalá, Madrid. She has an ABD in Science Education from Universidad de Alcalá, Madrid, an M.A. in the Teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language from Universidad de Alcalá, Madrid, and an M.A. in Latin American Literature from Maryland University. She has been teaching at several U.S. universities since 1996, including Maryland University at College Park, USAC in Madrid, Syracuse University in Madrid and Alcalingua in Spain. Currently, she works with IES Abroad in Madrid where she teaches Spanish courses at all levels and is Coordinator of the Spanish Department. She has taught at NYU Madrid since 2011. She was a trainer for professors of Spanish as a second language at Universidad de Valencia and Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo. Montserrat Alonso has attended and participated in several national and international conferences about methodology and teaching of Spanish Language as a Second Language. She has been Committee Member Creation and Design Curriculum of IES Abroad in Spain. She is the co-author of a Spanish textbook “Embarque ELE” a modular beginning-intermediate and advanced Spanish program, published for the editorial Edelsa, in Madrid in 2011. Her areas of interest are: Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language: Handbooks and others resources for learning and teaching Spanish. Creation and Design Curricular.
Dr. Julia Doménech completed her Ph.D. (Magna cum Laude) at the Universidad Autónoma Madrid (1997) and has been an Associate Professor at its Art History Department (2007-2010). Since 1998 Dr. Doménech has taught at NYU Madrid and, at present, she also teaches at Middlebury College in Madrid. She has written extensively on painting and the visual arts, especially in the 19th century, with a focus on gender issues, text/image relations, and visual knowledge. Her book La belleza pétrea y la belleza líquida. El sujeto femenino en la poesía y las artes victorianas (Petrified Beauty and Liquid Beauty. The Female Subject in Victorian Poetry and the Visual Arts) was published in 2010 by Editorial Fundamentos. Currently she is completing a new book on the construction of visual space in the Nineteenth century.
Adam Dubin is a law professor at Universidad Pontificia Comillas, where he teaches in the International Public Law Department and directs a Master's program in International and European Business Law. He also directs a program on human rights in Sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Dubin wrote his Ph.D. thesis (Summa Cum Laude) on access to justice for sex workers in Kampala, Uganda at La Universidad Complutense de Madrid (University of Madrid). He holds a Juris Doctorate (Cum Laude) from Pace School of Law in New York and a Master's Degree (Summa Cum Laude) in International Development Policy from the University of Manchester in England. Prior to coming to Spain, Dr. Dubin was a legal fellow in the United Nations Office of the Co-Prosecutors at the Cambodian genocide tribunal and also worked in other countries such as India and The Gambia on human rights issues related to the protection of women and girls. He publishes and speaks around the globe on topics related to access to justice and human rights in developing countries, particularly in the Sub-Saharan African region. Dr. Dubin consults for organizations such as the UN and EU on human rights and development projects in developing countries. He publishes, consults and speaks on topics related to access to justice and human rights in developing countries, particularly in the Sub-Saharan African region.
Mercedes Fernández Isla received her Ph.D. in Hispanic Language and Literatures from Boston University. She has a Master of Arts in Translation of French from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and a degree in Romance Languages and Philology also from Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She is a Certified Interviewer of the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages, and a professor of Spanish as a second language in several American University Programs.
Armando Figueroa received a PhD in Latin American Literature from Columbia University, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, 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. His areas of interest include Contemporary Latin American Literature, particularly from the Spanish Caribbean region, and Literary Theory.
Soledad Gálvez earned her 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 Latin American literature and culture at Hamilton College in NY, at the Tufts University-Skidmore College Program in Spain, and at the Hamilton Academic Year in Spain Program. She is Assistant Director of Academic Affairs at NYU Madrid, where she also coordinated and taught at the M.A. Program in Spanish and Latin American Literary and Cultural Studies. Her areas of interest include contemporary Latin American literature and culture, modernities and colonialities, and cultural theory.
Luis Garvía is an economist, lawyer, and electromechanical engineer (ICAI). He holds a Ph.D. in Finance from ICADE (Universidad Pontificia de Comillas) and an Executive MBA from IESE Business School. As an economist he is an adviser in investment plans, expansion, and optimization or rationalization of industrial, financial or property portfolios. His research in the field of Project Finance began in 2006. The title of his thesis is “Systemic Risk in Large Investment Projects Financed by Project Finance.” Luis has analyzed exhaustively power generation projects in general and, in particular, the renewable generation and macroeconomic impact of these. He is also interested in behavioral finance, smart cities, sustainable economy, and Fintech. As a lawyer, he is a specialist in commercial law, particularly Spanish business bankruptcy law.
Beatriz Inglés Candelas (Ph.D candidate University of Antonio de Nebrija) received an Undergraduate Degree in English Philology from the University of Alcalá de Henares, and went on to study a Masters Degree in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language at the UNED University. She has taught Spanish and English languages for 14 years, including at the University College of Kensington and St Francis Xavier College in London. Beatriz is currently developing her doctorate thesis in Applied Linguistics in the field of Sociolinguistics, carrying out Conversation Analysis and contrasting listeners' feedback of English students of Spanish against native Spaniards. Her research is in Applied Linguistics to Second Language teaching in the area of sociolinguistics and conversation analysis.
She has taught at NYU, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, since 2011.
Francisco Layna received his Degree in Journalism (1976-1981) from Universidad Complutense and his Ph.D. in Hispanic Philology (febr. 1994) from Universidad Complutense. He has taught at Harvard University, Boston University, and at American university programs in Madrid (New York University Madrid, Middlebury College, and Boston University). Professor Layna has published a series of research works on Spanish literature from the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries. He has published three books, La eficacia del fracaso. Representaciones culturales en la Segunda Parte del Quijote, La disputa burlesca and USA Cervantes. 39 cervantistas en los Estados Unidos.
María López Díez (PhD, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) completed her doctoral thesis in the field of architecture of the fifteenth century. Since then, her research has focused on the architecture and development of the modern city from a historical perspective. She currently teaches at NYU-Madrid, the University of Albany in Madrid and the European University of Madrid, where she teaches various courses related to Art History, Architecture and Contemporary Design, as well as others on heritage and Spanish culture. She also works as a graphic and editorial coordinator in the publication of catalogs for art museums and exhibitions.
Víctor Magariño Peñalba graduated from Law School, CEU San Pablo, in 1990 and earned an MBA from ESDEN in 1991. Víctor has broad experience as university professor, keynote speaker, and company trainer and coach in the areas of digital, marketing, sales and executive development. He is also currently teaching at post-graduate programs at ESADE Business School. Víctor accumulates 23 years of extensive multinational experience in sales, marketing and business development leadership positions managing major FMCG and entertainment brands. A former Google Senior Executive, Víctor is well familiar with internet industry dynamics. He is currently Sales and Marketing Director at Comunycarse Network Consultants (IT / Software Industry). Proud father of two, big sports fan, regularly practices soccer, tennis and ski. Strong supporter of Atlético de Madrid (current Spanish Champion League).
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 Espinosa received his Ph.D. in Hispanic Philology from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in 1989. He has taught Language and Linguistics courses 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 are: 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); also “Cuentos del Japón Viejo” (2010) and “Leyendas y narraciones japonesas” (2014). As a translator (from French, English and Japanese): “Botchan” (2008), “Kiki de Montparnasse, recuerdos recobrados” (2009), “Un occidental en Japón” (2011), “Cosas de Japón” (2014), among others. He is the author of an illustrated poetry book, “El libro de la rana” (2011).
Isabel Pereira earned her Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education) at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) in 1995. She is Assistant Director of Academic Affairs at NYU Madrid. She 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.
Cristina Perez Calleja has been teaching literature, theatre, translation and language at New York University Madrid since 2001. Her doctoral research examines twentieth century Spanish theatre and, more specifically, the theatre of humor of the "other" generation of '27. She has also taught at Boston University and Tufts University in the USA and she is currently Academic Coordinator of the Boston University Internship Program in Madrid. In 1998 she founded Language in Business, a company where she directed the Bank Boston (Bank of America) Language Executive Program with more than 175 adult students. In that capacity, she was responsible for developing language courses, selecting the different materials and levels, and for the supervision, evaluation and hiring process. Since 1998 she collaborates with different publishing companies as editor and/or writer. Some of the books in which she has collaborated are Vistas (Vista Higher Learnig, Boston 2001), Ventanas (Vista Higher Learning, Boston 2003) and Manual de Bachillerato de Lengua y literatura (Mcgraw-Hill, Madrid, 2007 and 2008). As a translator she has also collaborated with several film production companies in Spain and has translated a few film scripts: “The book” and “Aupa Etxebeste,” among others.
Due to her experience first in the USA and later in Spain she has a very long experience developing language and cultural educational curricula. For that reason, she has been offered to develop several multidisciplinary courses for different American University Departments where she teaches in Madrid. These courses are:
Techniques of Translation (for the Language Department of NYU in Madrid in 2001), Translation through Movies and Theatre (for the Literature and Language Department of Boston University Abroad Program in 2002), Spain Today (also developed and designded with Isabel Pereira for the Language Department of NYU Abroad Program in Madrid in 2005), Internships course: the Spanish business environment and its culture (for the Boston University Internship Academic Program Abroad in 2008), Roaring 20s in Spain: Film, Fashion, Literature, Art & Music (for the NYU Study Abroad Program for the Spring 2011), Workshop in Contemporary Hispanic Issues (developed for the NYU Masters Program in Madrid).
Rocío Prieto Prieto is ABD in Hispanic Philology at the Universidad de Valladolid. She holds an B.A. degree in Hispanic Philology from Universidad de Valladolid. She has taught Spanish as a Second Language (grammar, conversation and composition) at the Universidad de Salamanca, Universidad de Valladolid, Iowa State University, Syracuse University in Madrid, Universidad Autónoma Madrid, and since 2003 at New York University Madrid. She was a trainer for professors of Spanish as a second language at the Universidad de Valladolid, Universidad de Valencia, and Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo. She is the co-author of the Spanish textbook "Embarque ELE," a modular beginning-intermediate and advanced Spanish program, published by editorial Edelsa, Madrid, in 2011. She has participated in several national and international conferences about methodology and teaching of Spanish Language as a Second Language. Her research interests include Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language, Teaching Spanish to Immigrants, and Sephardic Studies.
Enrique Santamaría (Ph.D. Candidate; M.A. in the Teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language, Universidad Complutense de Madrid; M.A. in Phonetics and Phonology, CSIC/UIMP). He completed a double major Arts degree in Humanities (UBU) and in Comparative Literature (UCM). Enrique's research has focused on Applied Languages, Spanish Phonetics and Cultural Studies. He has a number of publications in these fields.Enrique has taught a wide range of courses at universities and institutions in the US, France, Germany and Australia, such as the University of Virginia, Instituto Cervantes de Toulouse, Technische Universität Braunschweig or University of Sydney. In Spain Enrique has also lectured, among other institutions, at the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo, Hamilton College in Spain or IES Abroad, where he was awarded with the distinguished Excellence in Teaching Award (2010). Fond of classical music, Enrique holds a professional double degree in violin and viola by the Conservatorio Profesional de Música Antonio de Cabezón, Burgos (Spain). As part of a workshop on Film making that involved the participation of locals and students, he has directed two short films: L’heure espagnole (France, 2005), andLearning España (Spain, 2007), a project distinguished by IES Abroad with the Faculty Innovation Award (2007).
Asier Sarasua graduated from Business School at IE University and earned a Master In Big Data Analytics from IE School of Human Sciences and Technology. Asier has broad experience in the Internet of Things and wearable industry as he has worked as CMO at MainTool, an innovative French startup that aimed to unite both the wearable and watch industry, and has been present in different events as speaker across Europe representing the company as an industry expert. Currently, Asier works as the Head of Customer Success at Graphext, one of the most promising Data Visualization companies all over Europe.
Francisco Seijo earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University in 1999. Dr. Seijo has been teaching political science for various North American university programs in Spain including Middlebury College, New York University Madrid, Fundacion IES, Universidad de Nebrija, Stanford University and the University of Southern California since 2000. Previous professional experience includes work as an external consultant for the Spanish Ministry of Labor's Economic and Social Council (CES), the independent development consulting firm Development Strategies and the European Commission. His publications and research interests are mainly in the field of environmental politics specifically all those things related to forest policy and the politics of landscape fires. His work has appeared in peer reviewed journals such as Environmental Politics, Eos-AGU, Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, Revista de Ecología Política, Cuadernos de la Sociedad Española de Ciencias Forestales, Human Ecology Review, BioScience and Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment as well as in edited scholarly books and the media. Dr. Seijo has also published two poetry books in Spanish, “Arritmias” and the forthcoming “Ensayando la Inocencia.”
Carmen Ana Sierra has a Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Five College Consortium, Massachusetts and a Ph.S. ABD in Art History, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. She is currently teaching at NYU Madrid and Duke University in Madrid. She has been a visiting Professor at Hamilton College, Rollins College, Universidad Menéndez Pelayo, and Santander. She has been a curator of various art exhibits, written two books, two catalogues, several articles, poems and lectures at different universities. She was the director of various American Universities in Madrid (Pomona College, Hamilton College, Rollins College, and Cornell University).
Daniel Sorando earned his undergraduate degree in Sociology at the University of Granada, before studying his Master’s in Population, Society and Territory at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, his Master's in Research Methods in Social Sciences at Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas, Madrid, and a Ph.D. in Urban Sociology at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He was also a Visiting Scholar at Brown University and attended a seminar at the RCC at Harvard University. His research focuses on social structure, residential segregation and urban policies, with a particular emphasis on gentrification processes. In addition to teaching at NYU, he has worked in several R&D projects at Universidad Complutense and the Youth Council of Spain. As a result of his research he has published articles and book chapters in scientific journals and collective works. He has also presented several papers at Spanish and international academic conferences.
Eugenio Suárez-Galbán, Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literature, New York University; Ph.D. in Literature (Anglo-American specialty) Leiden University, currently teaches at NYU Madrid and Hamilton College Madrid. He has held visiting professorships at University of Puerto Rico, Comparative Literature, 1973-74; Middlebury College, summer 1976; University of Salamanca, summer seminars, 1989, 1995; Duke University, Spanish, fall 1995; Colgate University (Humanities Chair), 1997-98; Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo, summer seminars 2008, 2009. He received the Sésamo Prize 1982 from the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña for the novel Balada de la guerra hermosa. He has also published two novels, two books of short stories, two poetry books, two book translations, some 80 academic articles and 50 book reviews. His most recent publication is The Last Good Land: Spain in American Literature, Rodopi, 2008.He also taught at NYU as G.A.. (1964-65), T.A. (1965-67 and Instructor during 1966-67), and later at Mount Holyoke 1967- 75, which he left as Full Professor to return to Spain. He published a critical anthology of Golden Age Drama, a book on Torres Villarroel, was editor of a volume on Lezama Lima and another Puerto Rico, and directed Editorial Orígenes in Madrid from 1977-92.
José Carlos Vela Bueno teaches Cinema and Spanish Culture in the Madrid programs of NYU, Middlebury College and Boston University. He also directs the Academic Program of the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany in Madrid. Carlos Vela has published texts in various conferences and professional reviews and has written two books on Salvador Dalí and Luis Buñuel. He has a Ph.D. (1992) in Hispanic Language and Literatures from SUNY Stony Brook. He is currently writing about El Sur, the short story and the film.
Jason Xidias earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science and Spanish from West Virginia University, before studying his Master’s in International Relations at Schiller International University, Paris, and a Ph.D. in European Politics at King’s College London. He was also a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on British, French, and Spanish politics, with a particular emphasis on immigration and citizenship. In addition to teaching at NYU, he has taught courses in Political Science at King’s College London, the New College of the Humanities, and Johns Hopkins University.