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2018 Palmer-Brandon Scholarship in the Humanities

Five Spanish Majors have been awarded a prestigious Palmer-Brandon Scholarship in the Humanities, which recognizes students who are in the top 1 percent of undergraduates in their fields in terms of academic achievement, intellectual ability, and demonstrated commitment to the humanities: 

Zoe King (BA Hispanic Studies, Sociology, and Political Science. Minor in Psychology)
Mark Bond (BA Hispanic Literature and International Studies)
Mary Lechner (BA Hispanic Studies and Sociology. Minor in Political Science)
Kaitlynn Milvert (BA in Hispanic Literature and English.  Minor in Portuguese)
Sophia Muston (BA in Hispanic Studies and Journalism. Minor in German)


2018 Senior Recognition Awards

The following graduating seniors in Spanish have been recipients of a Senior Recognition Award this academic year:

Herman B Wells Senior Award, which honors one outstanding senior who has excelled academically and is an established leader within the IU community:

Madeline Danforth (Spanish Major)

Kate Hevner Mueller Award, which honors IU seniors who have proven leadership on campus both inside and outside of the classroom and who have improved the IU community by their presence:

Victoria Blackwell (Spanish Minor)
Lucy Brown (Spanish Major)
Caroline Oats (Spanish Major)

Susan Butler Award, which honors a graduating senior woman for outstanding scholarship and character:

Jessica Chiang (Spanish Major)




Archived News

Five seniors recieve state Spanish, Portuguese award
Inaugural Portuguese class in the Summer Language Workshop at IU offers intensive learning in a family atmosphere
Professor Anke Birkenmaier is incoming CLACS director
Department Mourns Passing of Prof. Sainz

New Faculty Member
  • Patrícia Amaral is a new Assistant Professor of Hispanic linguistics. She received her PhD in 2007 from The Ohio State University and has held positions at Stanford University, the University of Liverpool, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She specializes in the interfaces between syntax, semantics and pragmatics, with a particular focus on language change in the Ibero-Romance languages. She is also interested in language contact. She recently edited Portuguese/Spanish Interfaces: Diachrony, Synchrony and Contact (with Ana Maria Carvalho, John Benjamins, 2014). She has been the recipient of several awards, like a doctoral fellowship from the Fulbright Commission and the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, and research grants from the German DAAD and from the Spencer Foundation. She is currently working on several papers that address the interaction between syntactic change and discourse structure in the history of Spanish.

New Faculty Member
  • Olimpia E. Rosenthal is a new Assistant Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese who specializes in Comparative Colonial and Postcolonial Cultural Studies, Andean literature and visual culture, and Critical Race Studies. She received her PhD from the University of Arizona in 2013, and was a Visiting Assistant Professor at IU prior to her current position. During her graduate research, she was the recipient of several awards, including the Louise Foucar Marshall Dissertation Fellowship. She is currently working on a book manuscript, tentatively titled “Condemning Mestizaje: Spatial Segregation and the Racialization of Sex in Colonial Latin America,” that traces the relationship between early modern notions of race that developed in the Iberian-Atlantic world (specifically in relation to notions of purity of blood) and systems of colonial racialization that emerged in the Americas in relation to mestizaje. She recently authored “La figura abyecta del mestizo en El primer nueva corónica y buen gobierno,” and her article “As órfãs d'el rei: Racialized Sex and the Politicization of Life in Nóbrega's Letters from Brazil” will appear shortly in ellipsis: Journal of the American Portuguese Studies Association. At present, she is also co-organizing a workshop on Comparative Subalternities that will take place at IU’s Gateway Office in India in December.

Graduating Senior Spotlight: Sarah TeKolste 

Wells Scholar Sarah TeKolste, a graduating senior with majors in Spanish and Theater, is featured in this exciting video prepared by the Provost's Office about Sarah's fascinating studies and goals. 

Two Majors Win Stahr Awards
  • Spanish major Christine White (BA '15) and Spanish and Portuguese major Molly Zweig (BA '15) have been selected to receive two of only five 2015 Elvis J. Stahr Distinguished Senior Awards for their commitment to academic excellence combined with outstanding accomplishments in student leadership and service to Indiana University Bloomington. Christine and Molly will be presented with their awards at the Senior Awards Dinner on April 12, at the IMU.  

Department Mourns Passing of Prof. Sobrer

Department Mourns Passing of Prof. Dávila

4 Spanish majors honored in Indy


Professor Kimberly Geeslin, selected as Routledge’s Author of the Month

IU Spanish major, Christine White, receives prestigious national award as 2014 Truman Scholar

Shabani selected as a Future Faculty Teaching Fellow
  • Amina Shabani, Doctoral Student in the Department of
    Spanish and Portuguese, has been selected as a Future Faculty
    Teaching Fellow in the Department of Modern Languages,
    Literatures and Cultures at Butler University for 2014-15.

Department of Spanish and Portuguese receives $533,000 federal grant for its graduate program

Israel Herrera, Lecturer in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, has been elected President of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, Indiana Chapter, for the term 2014-2016.
  • The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) promotes the study and teaching of the Spanish and Portuguese languages and their corresponding Hispanic, Luso-Brazilian and other related literatures and cultures at all levels of education. The AATSP encourages, supports and directs programs and research projects involving the exchange of pedagogical and scholarly information.

    Through extensive collaboration with educators, professionals, and institutions in other countries, the AATSP contributes to a better and deeper understanding between the United States and the Spanish-and Portuguese-speaking nations of the world.

    Among his plans as President of the association, Herrera will work with the Indiana Department of Education and the Indiana General Assembly to incorporate the Seal of Biliteracy in State School Districts, as well as to create an Indiana Stellar Teacher Award.

Edgar Illas is recipient of "2013 North American Catalan Society Prize for Outstanding Work in Catalan Studies" for his book
  • Edgar Illas is recipient of "2013 North American Catalan Society Prize for Outstanding Work in Catalan Studies" for his book, Thinking Barcelona: Ideologies of a Global City, published by Liverpool University Press in 2012. The prize, which was awarded at the University of Toronto on May 24, 2013 during the Fourteenth Colloquium of the NACS, recognizes the best contribution to the field of Catalan Studies over the past three years made by scholars affiliated with North American universities.

Kinnally's thesis nominated for ProQuest distinguished dissertation award
  • Cara Kinnally's dissertation, "Writing America: Transnational Discourses of Empire, Race and Community Formation in Greater Mexico,” has been chosen as IU’s representative for the 2013 CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award competition in the Humanities and Fine Arts. Cara’s dissertation was chosen from a diverse and highly competitive group, as evidenced by the fact that each university is allowed to make one nomination in this category, Her nomination will be forwarded to a national competition.

Professor Herrera with the elected AEPE president
  • IUB Lecturer Israel Fernando Herrera has been elected Board Member of the AEPE (European Association of Teachers of Spanish) for 2013-16 and will serve as the US Representative for the organization. Herrera is a Lecturer in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and regular presenter in the AEPE annual Congress. He presented in the last AEPE congress that took place in Jaca, Aragon (Spain).

    The European Association of Teachers of Spanish is a professional organization that was created in 1967 at the International University Menéndez Pelayo of Santander (Spain).  It fosters the sharing of ideas related to Spanish-language research and pedagogy, as well as  promoting Hispanic culture and language in classroom teaching. Its members are teachers of Spanish working in Europe, Latin America and the USA.


Professor Darlene Sadlier is recipient of the College’s 2012 Distinguished Faculty Award
  • Darlene J. Sadlier
    Sadlier, Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, began her career at Indiana University in 1978. She has been director of the Department's Portuguese program for 32 years. Her books cover a wide range of subject matter that includes Lusophone literature, history, film and art.


Professor Kimberly Geeslin receives GSAC Faculty Mentor award.
  • Professor Kimberly Geeslin received the 2012 Spanish and Portuguese Graduate Student Advisory Committee Faculty Mentor Award in recognition of the diligent guidance and extensive support she has provided for graduate students both in and beyond the classroom.
Fafulas wins NSF dissertation enhancement award
  • Doctoral student Stephen Fafulas was awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation grant to support his dissertation research on second language acquisition under the supervision of Professor Kimberly Geeslin. His project, entitled “First and Second-Language Patterns of Variation: Acquisition and Use of Simple Present and Present Progressive Forms in Spanish and English” will include data from……

Dissertation Abstract >>


The new volume of IU Working Papers in Linguistics is featuring the work of our graduate students in Hispanic Linguistics.

Undergraduate Spanish major and recent IU graduate, Rachel Geissler (BA ’13, Spanish and Anthropology) was awarded a prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Mexico for 2013-2014.



Donald Riskind article

  • The Spring 2008 issue of the IUF magazine, Matching the Promise, has a story on Donald Riskind, an alumnus that just created a fellowship in Spanish.  The article is called “En Español, Por Favor.”

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