Faculty & Staff


Josep Alba-Salas


Chair, Department of Spanish

Ph.D. Cornell University
Fields: Spanish and Romance Linguistics; Theoretical Syntax (Spanish, Italian, and Catalan); Second Language Acquisition; Applied Linguistics
Email: jalba@holycross.edu
Office: Stein 414 Phone: (508) 793-2539
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M. Estrella Cibreiro-Couce

Rev. John E. Brooks Chair in the Humanities

Ph.D. University of Connecticut
Fields: Women's Writing; 20th Century Spanish Theater; Film and Cultural Studies; Feminism and Literature
Email: ecibreir@holycross.edu
Office: Stein 406 Phone: (508) 793-3308
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Bridget Franco

Associate Professor
Ph.D. University of California - Irvine
Fields: Contemporary Latin American Literature; 20th- & 21st-Century Southern Cone Literature and Film; Philosophy and Politics in Literature
Email: bfranco@holycross.edu
Office: Stein 412 Phone: (508) 793-2291
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Helen Freear-Papio

Director of the Foreign Language Assistants Program
Senior Lecturer

Ph.D. University of Connecticut
Fields: Contemporary Spanish Drama written by Women; 20th Century Drama and Novel; Directed Independent Language Instruction; Technology in the Language Classroom
Email: hfreear@holycross.edu
Office: Stein 458  Phone: (508) 793-2765
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Daniel Frost 

Program Director, Latin American, Latinx, and Caribbean Studies Associate Professor
Ph.D. Harvard University
Fields: 18th- & 19th-Century Spanish Literature; Literature & Visual Technology; Landscape Studies
Email: dfrost@holycross.edu 
Office: Stein 407 Phone: (508) 793-3708
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Rodrigo Fuentes

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Cornell University
Fields: Prose Fiction in Spanish; Narrative and Visual Arts; Central American Testimonial Literature
Email: rfuente@holycross.edu
Office: Stein 410  
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Francisco Gago-Jover

Ph.D. University of Wisconsin - Madison
Fields: Medieval Spanish Literature; History of the Spanish Language; Lexicography; Medieval Military Art and Science; Computers in Modern Language
Email: fgagojov@holycross.edu
Office: Stein 441 Phone: (508) 793-2532
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Elizabeth O'Connell-Inman

Director of the Directed Independent Spanish and Pedagogical Coordinator
Senior Lecturer

M.A. Brown University
Fields: Technology in the Language Classroom; Directed Independent Language Instruction; Contemporary Latin American Literature
Email: einman@holycross.edu
Office: Stein 312 Phone: (508) 793-3412
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Juan G. Ramos

Associate Professor,  On Research Leave AY 2021-2022
Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Fields: Modernismo and Avant-Gardes in Latin America, World Literature and Latin America, Decolonial Thought and Latin American cultural production
Email: jramos@holycross.edu 
Office: Stein 408 Phone: (508) 793-2607 
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Elizabeth Spragins

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Stanford University
Fields: early modern Mediterranean studies, early modern Iberian literature, historiography, Critical Race Studies, death studies, theories of the body
Email: espragin@holycross.edu
Office: Stein 456 Phone: 508-793-3961
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Cynthia L. Stone

Professor, On Sabbatical AY 2021-2022
Ph.D. University of Michigan
Fields: Film and Cultural Studies; Protest Literature; Interrelations Among Words and Images in a Variety of Media: Mesoamerican Codices, Early Missionary Writings in the New World, Films set in Colonial Spanish America, Translations of Indigenous Traditions
Email: cstone@holycross.edu
Office: Stein 459 Phone: (508) 793-2272
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Ellen Lokos

Ph.D. Harvard University
Fields: Golden Age Spanish Literature; Women's Writing; Literature & Performance 
Email: elokos@holycross.edu 
Office Stein 441




Luigi Patruno

Visiting Assistant Professor
Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Latin American Literature, Visual Studies, Urban Culture, Political Theory, Intellectual History
Email: lpatruno@holycross.edu
Office: Stein 456B   Phone: 508-793-3954
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Ana Irene Ugarte


Assistant Professor
Contemporary Hispanic Caribbean literature, health humanities, disability studies, indigenous languages and cultures, science fiction, 20th and 21st century Latin American fiction, and contemporary Yucatec Maya literature
Email:  augarte@holycross.edu
Office: Stein 402   Phone: 508-793-3309 
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Carolina Blázquez Gándara

Blázquez Gándara

Visiting Assistant Professor 
Ph.D. Boston University
Fields: Social poetry of Spain, Spanish Poetry written by women,  Migration and Identity in Spanish contemporary prose
Office: Stein 456A  Phone: 508-793-3353  PO Box: 59A
Office hours:  W-11-12 and F 11-1pm. And by appointment



Laurie Garriga


Ph.D., Boston University
Fields: Transatlantic Studies, Exile, Archive, Spanish Civil War, Puerto Rican Literature, Caribbean Studies
Email: lgarriga@holycross.edu
Office: Stein 405 
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Alberto Castillo Ventura


Visiting Instructor
Office: Stein 402





Judith Powell

Coordinator, Spanish Department and Foreign Language Assistants Program
Email: jpowell@holycross.edu
Office: Stein 402  
Phone: 508 793 -3353





Faculty Emeriti

Isabel Álvarez Borland

Distinguished Professor of Arts & Humanities Emerita
Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University
Fields: US Cuban and Latino Literature; Cuban Literature; Caribbean Literature; Contemporary Latin American Narrative
Email: ialvarez@holycross.edu.
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John T. Cull

Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Fields European Emblem Literature, Spanish Golden Age Comedia, Spanish Golden Age Prose,
Medieval Spanish Medicine, Spanish Sentimental Fiction.
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