Santa Clara University

Modern Languages and Literatures department
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Alberto Ribas-Casasayas, Ph.D.

Department: Modern Languages
Title: Assistant Professor of Spanish

Office: Kenna 225 A
Phone: 408-551-3000 x4280

Biographical Information

Alberto Ribas-Casasayas is Assistant Professor of Spanish, with an emphasis in contemporary Latin American literature and culture.  A native of Barcelona, he graduated in Humanities from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in 1999.  He obtained his PhD in Comparative Literature at Harvard University in 2007.  Prior to his arrival to Santa Clara University he held a position in Spanish in the California State University, San Marcos.


Prof. Ribas's academic interests focus on ghosts and haunting as recurring metaphors in contemporary Latin American narrative.  He is also interested in contemporary Mexican literature and cultural and social issues in the U.S. – Mexico border region.  He is currently finishing an article-length study on the work of the Nicaraguan writer Sergio Ramírez.  He is also co-editing a compilation of articles on ghosts and spectrality in literature and film of the Spanish-speaking world.  His more recent scholarship has focused on Carlos Fuentes, women in recent Mexican cinema, and border literature.  Additionally, Prof. Ribas has been involved in educational projects, such as the writing of a Hispanic culture textbook for secondary school students with De Agostini (Italy) and the production of digital instructional materials for the textbook Plazas (Cengage, Inc.).

Prof. Ribas has taught courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels on a diverse array of subjects: contemporary Latin American narrative and film, introduction to Latin American and Mexican culture, Latin American social and political discourse, culture and society of the U.S. – Mexico border, introduction to literary analysis, Spanish and Latin American theatre, theory and practice of translation, Spanish composition, Spanish for heritage learners, and intermediate to advanced Spanish.


Courses Taught
Research Interests

20th and 21st century Latin American narrative, with an emphasis in Mexico.

Literature, arts, and society of the U.S. – Mexico Border Region.

Cinema of the Spanish-speaking world.

Immigrant rights.

Selected Publicatios

“La posthibdridez fronteriza en la narrativa de Heriberto Yépez.”  Chasqui: Revista de Literatura Latinoamericana 42.1 (May 2013): 77-94.


"Transatlantic Fuentes: Between 'The Two Shores' of Pluriculturality and Glossocentrism." Mexican Studies / Estudios Mexicanos 27.1 (Winter 2011): 137-68.


"Deseo transatlántico y exotismo satírico en el cine mexicano del cambio de milenio: Amores perros, Y tu mamá también, Sin dejar huella." Hispanic Research Journal 10.5 (Visual Arts Issue, December 2009): 457-81


"Una herencia perdida: La identidad afromexicana de Artemio Cruz." Afro-Hispanic Review. 28.1 (Spring 2009): 99-116


Classroom presentation decks for Robert Herschberger's et al. Plazas: Lugares de encuentro. 4th ed. New York: Cengage Learning, 2011.  

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