Meet the Madrid Faculty

Classes offered through the Madrid Program are taught by local faculty, the Center Director, and by one Stanford Faculty-in-Residence per quarter. Many local professors hold regular appointments at Spanish universities. Courses are taught in Spanish unless otherwise noted.

Faculty-in-Residence

Autumn 2017-18: Thomas Fingar (Freeman Spogli Institute)
Winter 2017-18: Scott Rozelle (Economics)
Spring 2017-18: Lisa Surwillo (Iberian & Latin American Cultures)

Local Faculty

María Almudena Ariza Armada

Almudena Ariza has completed doctoral studies in Numismatics and received her PhD in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She has received scholarships from both Spanish and international institutions to conduct research in Spain as well as European and Arabic countries and currently collaborates with several U.S. university programs in Madrid. Almudena has participated in national and international symposia and is the author of several articles on Islamic Numismatics as well as various academic websites that have been recognized and recommended by the international academic community.

Francisco Javier Bobillo de la Peña

Francisco received his doctorate from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in the Department of Economic Sciences.  In addition to his prolific research and publications, he has also served as Vice-President of the Universidad Internacional de Menéndez Pelayo and General Director “del libro” for the Secretary of Culture.  Currently, he is a full professor in the Department of Political Sciences and Administration at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.  He has teaching experience in both Spanish and North American universities, including a post-doctoral Fulbright Scholarship at Columbia University.

Miguel Buñuel

Miguel holds both a PhD in Geography from Boston University and a PhD in Economics from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, where he is currently the Vice Dean of Planning and Quality in the Department of Economic Sciences and Business.  He has experience teaching at U.S. and Spanish universities, and was a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University and Boston University.  Additionally, he has worked in the business sector as a consultant for various organizations, including the Economic and Social Council of Spain, The European Commission, the Ministry of Health and Consumerism, and the Institute of Fiscal Studies.  Miguel continues to publish actively and also participates in conferences throughout Europe.

María Teresa Camblor Portilla

Maite received her PhD in Linguistics from Georgetown University.  She has served as a language instructor at various U.S. universities, including Georgetown University.  She has also collaborated on several language instruction books and has served as an educational advisor to the Spanish Embassy in Washington, D.C.  Currently, she works with the NYU Program in Madrid and other U.S. programs in Spain as well as several Spanish institutions, including the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo, the Universidad de Oviedo and the Ministry of Education.

Pablo de Lora Deltoro

Currently an associate professor in the Philosophy and Law Department at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Pablo received his doctorate in law from the same university.  His research includes the ethics of animal rights, health care, and the ethics of environmental issues.  Pablo’s research and involvement in academics has taken him around Spain and around the world. He has served as visiting professor and researcher at Syracuse University, Berkeley, Northwestern, Oxford, New York University and Harvard University. In addition to publishing internationally, he has also served as the English to Spanish translator for a multitude of publications in his field.

Julia Domenech

Julia received her PhD from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in Art History, where she is an associate professor.  Her research focus includes contemporary art, the female image in art, and the concept of Spain as represented in art.  She collaborates with multiple U.S. university study abroad programs and also regularly presents conferences in Madrid, including several at the Real Escuela Superior de Arte Dramático.  Her most recent book La belleza pétrea y la belleza líquida: el sujeto femenino en la poesía y las artes victorianas. (Petrified Beauty and Liquid beauty: The female subject in Victorian Poetry and Visual Arts) was published in 2010 (Editorial Fundamentos). She is currently working on a new book about the construction of visual space in the nineteenth century.

Sylvia L. Hilton

Sylvia is a full professor of American History at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.  She specializes in Spanish Colonial North America and the United States, and in American historiography and bibliography.  She is a member of the editorial boards for several academic periodicals dedicated to the history and culture of the Americas and is the Contributing International Editor for the Journal of American His­tory.  She also directs a group of interdisciplinary researchers dedicated to the study of the history and culture of the United States.  Included among her extensive publications is a book specifically dedicated to the relationship between Spain and California: La Alta California española. Madrid: Editorial Mapfre, S.A., 1992.

Sheila Klaiber

With a Master in English as a Second Language from University of Minnesota and a Master's in Spanish Civilization, Culture, Language, and Literature from Yale University, Sheila has spent over 30 years collaborating with North American programs in Spain.  She has served as Resident Director for both Academic Year Abroad and Kalamazoo College in Spain and also as the President of APUNE (Asociación de Programas Universitarios Norteamericanos en España).  Currently, Sheila is an active professor at several programs in Madrid and is also a collaborating editor for Richmond Publishing. 

Miguel Larrañaga Zulueta

Miguel holds his degree in Philosophy and Arts from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and his Doctorate in History with a specialization in Medieval History from the Universidad de Deusto.  His published works include more than 60 books, magazine articles and seminars about the social and cultural history of the Middle Ages.  He collaborates with several U.S. universities in Madrid and is Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and professor atInstituto de Empresa Univeristy in Segovia. He is currently a Visiting Historian at the University of Oxford.

Antonio Muñoz Carrion

Antonio received his doctorate in Sociology from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and his D.E.A. in Communication and Information Sciences from l’Ecole des Hutes Etudes in Paris.  He is currently a full professor of Sociology at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and collaborates with several North American programs. Antonio’s investigation primarily centers on the comprehension and interpretation of cultural products and actions.  He is actively involved in translation, especially when translation leads to intercultural communication.  At present, his research is focused on the role tradition plays in contemporary Spanish culture and how misunderstandings arise in a multicultural society. 

Laura Murcia Cánovas

Laura Murcia began her training as a professional flamenco dancer during her early childhood, studying at various schools of Danza española in Cartagena, Murcia. Later, in Madrid, she continued her studies at the renowned flamenco school Amor de Dios with professors such as Cristobal Reyes, Antonio Canales, and Merche Esmeralda.  She has danced on diverse stages both as a soloist and as a member of dance companies such as Compañía de Rafael Aguilar, Ballet de Carmen Romero, or Teatro Español de Madrid. Laura holds a degree in Performing Arts and an M.A. in Scenic Arts from the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos. She has over ten years of teaching experience in various cultural centers, dance schools and study abroad programs.

Miguel Requena

Miguel holds a doctorate in Political Sciences and Sociology from the Universdad Complutense de Madrid.  He is currently a full professor at the UNED and the Director of the Instituto Universitario General Gutiérrez Mellado, an institution dedicated to issues related to the search for peace, security and defense.  He previously served as the Vice President at the UNED and has been a visiting professor at Princeton University and Hamilton College as well as Senior Associate Member at Oxford University.  His research focuses on the sociology of social structure and stratification, demographics and sociology of the family, and the sociology of age and the contemporary processes of social change. Actively involved in research and publication, his most recent book is Las múltiples caras de la inmigración en España (The Multiple Faces of Immigration in Spain) published in 2009 (Alianza Editorial).

Óscar Sánchez Fuster

Óscar has completed doctoral courses in Drawing and Etching, Teaching, Research, and Creativity at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.  An active artist, his work is a “reflection of his own personal experiences and emotions transformed to communicate universal messages.”  When painting, he works with combinations of acrylic, oils, and encaustic mediums.  In his sculptures he works with wood, polyester, latex and iron.  Óscar has participated in individual and group exhibitions throughout Spain, France, and Portugal and often creates artwork for use in marketing and advertising campaigns.  As a professor, he collaborates with several U.S. university programs in Madrid and also teaches as a guest lecturer in local Spanish institutions.

Isidro Yebra Prada

Isidro completed his doctoral coursework in Art History at the Universidad de León  and the Università degli Studi de Lecce (Italy).  His forthcoming dissertation is on Romaneque architecture in Puglia. Isidro collaborates with several North American programs, teaching courses on Art History and the Camino de Santiago (Saint James Way) as well as organizing and leading study tours throughout Spain.  He maintains an active travel blog aimed at study-abroad students in Spain and writes for ConectaLeon, a digital periodical dedicated to Spanish culture.  In addition to his work with U.S. universities, he has also served as an official guide for various monuments and exhibitions, including the annual religious art exhibition Las Edades de Hombre.