Gustavo Geirola

Spanish Professor at Whittier College

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I am a Professor of Spanish and I teach topics on Peninsular and Latin American literature and culture.

I am currently an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Whittier College, California. When I was in Argentina, I graduated from University of Buenos Aires and later I taught at the University of Tucuman and the University of Salta. In the United States I taught at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and at Arizona State University, where I received my Ph.D.

I am also a dramatist and a theater director. My shows have been produced in Argentina and the United States. Many essays have been published in Spanish and English by prestigious academic journals in the United States, Spain, Mexico, Chile and Argentina. They focus on Peninsular and Latin American literature, theater, cinema, television and popular culture. I have a strong interdisciplinary perspective which has allowed me to explore subjects from the point of view of cultural studies, feminism, gay and lesbian studies, semiotic and psychoanalysis.

I am very interested in other cultures, especially in their diversity and marginalization of minority groups. I have traveled throughout North and South America, and Western and Eastern Europe in order to obtain a better understanding of the world in which I live. I am also in search of "unlearning" my own culture and about differences. I also organized and attended many conferences and seminars in the US, Latin America and Europe, because it allows me to have wonderful conversations with my colleagues all over the world.