Welcome to the Department of Spanish and Portuguese

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is devoted to the research and teaching of the literatures, cultures and languages of Spain, Portugal and Latin America. We award the degrees of B.A. in Spanish or Portuguese, and PhD, with specializations in the areas of Spanish and Latin American Literature, Portuguese and Brazilian Literature, and Iberian Linguistics, with optional emphases on Translation Studies, Feminist Studies, Medieval Studies and Applied Linguistics. See More...

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Diversity Statement. 
The Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese supports all initiatives to create a campus climate guided by the values of inclusion, respect, equality, and equity. We strive to create an environment in which the uniqueness of each person is recognized and celebrated, and where everyone is treated with respect. Such an inclusive campus climate is essential to the well-being and success of a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. Our mission is centered on the belief that a community thrives when the perspectives and voices of all members are recognized. This valued diversity includes, but is not limited to: ability, age, culture, education, ethnicity, gender identity and/or expression, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. We also believe that as a Hispanic Serving Institution, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese within UCSB is called to perform a leading role in the campus effort to encourage diversity


Henley Gate, UC Santa Barbara
Phelps Hall, home of the Spanish & Portuguese Department
"We Are All Writers", Elena Poniatowska's plenary lecture at the XV Colloquium on Mexican Literature, November 1, 2012
Butterfly Beach in Santa Barbara
Humanities and Social Sciences Building, UC Santa Barbara

Career Opportunities: Spanish & Portuguese

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California, Santa Barbara, seeks a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor in the field of border and migration studies in the

Assistant Professor of Border and Migration Studies in the Americas

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As described and presented here, Catalan-speaking regions exhibit a multilingual reality that...

Editor(s): Silvia Bermúdez, Anthony L. Geist
One of this book's goals is to evaluate the complex ways that Madrid has served as the political, economic, and cultural capital of the Global South from the end of the Franco dictatorship to the present. The other is to examine the city as lived experience, where citizens contest capital's push to shape urban space in its own image through activities of the imagination.
Scholars, investigative journalists, political activists, and a filmmaker combine to document the vast array of Madrid's grassroots movements.
Juan Pablo Lupi y César A. Salgado, eds. La futuridad del naufragio: Orígenes,...