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Nora Benedict received her Ph.D. in Spanish from UVA in 2017. From 2017-2019, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Digital Humanities at Princeton University. Nora is currently an Assistant Professor of Spanish and Digital Humanities at the University of Georgia.


Jessica (Jessie) Marroquín is an ACLS Emerging Voices Fellow at the University of Chicago in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures in the Division of the Humanities. She is further developing her research project on the Santa Muerte, or Holy Death, in Mexico and the U.S.-Mexico Border. She collaborates with interdisciplinary efforts at the University that focus on public and digital humanities, with the goal of lessening the gap between non-academic and academic communities.


Nasser Meerkhan holds a joint position as Assistant Professor between the departments of Spanish & Portuguese and Near Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley. His book project, tentatively titled From Muses to Makers: Women Writers of Medieval Iberia, retells the literary history of medieval Iberia from the perspective of women writers.


David Vassar currently serves as assistant dean for professional and corporate programs at Rice University’s Susanne M.

Early Modern Studies Workshop with Ricardo Padrón

Please join us at the Early Modern Workshop on Friday, September 25, 12-1:30pm, for a presentation by Ricardo Padrón

Ricardo will be speaking about his new book, The Indies of the Setting Sun: How Early Modern Spain Mapped the Far East as the Transpacific West (University of Chicago Press, 2020), which challenges prevailing narratives about the so-called “invention of America” by exploring the transpacific commitments of the Spanish Indies as a geopolitical concept.

Our events are free and open to the public. Please register below on Zoom:

Black Lives Matter: Department Statement of Solidarity

The Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese at the University of Virginia stands united with our students, University colleagues, and Charlottesville community members against racism, police brutality, and the historical oppression of Black and Indigenous people. We join the national call to reject systemic bias and violence against all People of Color. At this moment in particular—amidst anti-Hispanic and Latinx discrimination in the U.

Thank a Prof, Thank a TA: Student Comments from Spring 2020

In response to the extraordinary challenges of moving online in the middle of the semester, the Center for Teaching Excellence organized the Thank A Prof/Thank a TA campaign. Click here to learn about the campaign or to thank your professor/TA.

Reading these notes have brought us joy in a difficult time, and we're excited to share them.

Here are some of our students' comments:


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Proficiency and Mastery Language Exam Dates October 7 and November 4

October 7, 2020


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September 24, 2020

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Spanish Major Workshop

September 16, 2020

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