Barbara Riess

Title: Professor of Spanish, Chair
Department: World Languages & Cultures
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, language and gender debates

Contact Info

Phone: (814) 332-2323
Office Location: Ruter 107, Box 30

Office Hours:  Fall 2023

Tuesday 9:00am – 12:00pm
Thursday 1:00pm – 4:00pm

and by appointment.

Selected Publications


  • An Address in Havana/Domicilio habanero. Selected Stories by María Elena Llana.
    Critical introduction, translator’s note, translation. (Chico: Cubanabooks Press, 2014).
  • 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.
  • “Counting Women, Women Who Count: A Cultural Measure of the ‘Revolution
    within the Revolution’” Cuban Studies/Estudios cubanos 42 (2011), 115-35.
  • “The Niche in the Numbers: The Need for Programmatic Collaboration vs. Course
    Innovation in Liberal Arts Foreign Language Programs” Association of
    Departments of Foreign Languages (ADFL) Bulletin. 44:2 (2018), 56-62.