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


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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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Upcoming Events

PORT 265 Guest lecture "pessoadigital.pt or the metamorphoses of the archive"
Jorge Uribe is a professor in the Humanities Department at the Universidad EAFIT (Medellín) and holds a PhD in Theory of Literature from the University of Lisbon.He is co-editor of the Digital Edition of Fernando Pessoa: Projects and Publications. He is also a translator, having translated into Spanish several Portuguese-speaking authors, including Eça de Queirós, Mário de Andrade and Machado de Assis.
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  1. May 21, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm


Congratulations to Osiris Aníbal Gómez, Sara Poot-Herrera y Francisco Lomelí for their outstanding Caleidoscopio verbal: lenguas y literaturas originarias (Oro de la Noche Ediciones, 2021)  

The XX Hispanic and Lusophone Conference, (Re)framing knowledge will take place on Friday, May 14th, 2021. Please see this announcement for the link to register. 


Mario T. García (Editor), Ellen McCracken (Editor)

The University of Arizona Press, 2021