Barbara Riess

Title: Associate Professor of Spanish; Department Chair
Department: Modern and Classical Languages
Degrees: B.A., M.A., University of Connecticut; Ph.D., Arizona State University
Research Interests: 20th-century Latin American culture, literature of the Cuban Revolution, Latin American women’s literature, translation studies, feminist and postmodern debates

Curriculum vitae


Contact Info

Phone: (814) 332-2323
Office Location: Ruter 102, Box 30
Office Hours – Spring 2019: 

Monday 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Tuesday 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Thursday 9:00 am – 11:00 am

and by appointment.


  • Contributing author – Encyclopedia of Contemporary Latin American & Caribbean Cultures (Routledge, 2001)
  • “La idiosincracia cubana y la escritura/escritora: la posicionalidad en los textos de Marilyn Bobes.” Celebración de la creación literaria de escritoras hispanas en las Américas. Eds. Lady Rojas-Trempe and Catharina Vallejo. (Girol Inc./Enana Blanca, 2000)
  • Translator – Puppet: A Chicano Novela by Margarita Cota-Cárdenas (University of New Mexico Press, 2000)
  • “Telling the Revolutionary Tale: National Identity, Literary history, and María Elena Llana’s Liminal Cuba.” Latin American Literary Review, 2008