Faculty

Pamela Jean DeWeese
Professor of Spanish
(434) 381-6171
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B.A. University of North Carolina, Greensboro
M.A. and Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Dr. DeWeese teaches all levels of Spanish language, culture and literature as well as translation. Her area of research is 20th and 21st-century Spanish prose and culture. She is the author of several articles on contemporary Spanish literature and the book Approximations to Luis Goytisolo's Antagonía as well as a biography of Luis Goytisolo in the Dictionary of Literary Biography: Twentieth Century Spanish Fiction Writers. Her most recent projects include the translation of Goytisolo's novel, 360° Diary (Peter Lang, March 2008), the translation of Laura Freixas' Amor o lo que sea (Love, Or Whatever), and a study of twentieth-century women writers in Spain with an emphasis on the way in which the dramatic changes in their political and social status during that time period are reflected in their novels, essays and short stories.


Michael A. Brunelle
Instructor of Spanish
(434) 381-6258
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B.F.A. Boise State University
Diploma in Spanish Studies, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
Graduate Studies, New York University in Madrid, Spain
M.I.D. Pratt Institute

Michael Brunelle teaches first and second year language courses. He is certified in Spanish>English by the American Translators Association, and is also a member of the The Translators and Interpreters Guild. He and his wife, Beatriz Cortabarría, have translated dozens of books on fine art, architecture, interior design and crafts for major publishers in the United States and Spain. In addition to teaching Spanish at the Pratt Institute School of Continuing Education to professionals in the fields of law enforcement, medicine, labor and business, he has also worked as an industrial designer. He has been involved in design work for historic restorations including the Smithsonian, Mount Vernon, Monticello and Colonial Williamsburg.


Beatriz Cortabarría
Instructor of Spanish
(434) 381-6148
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B.A. SUNY, Empire State College
M.B.A. Averett University
Ph.D. candidate in Translation/Intercultural Studies 

Beatriz Cortabarría is from the Basque region of Spain. She teaches first- and second-year language courses. In addition, she has collaborated with her husband, Michael Brunelle, on the translation of numerous books on fine art, architecture, interior design and crafts for major publishers in the United States and Spain. She is currently working on a doctoral degree in translation and intercultural studies.


Alessandra Chiriboga
Assistant Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures
Director of the Latin American Studies Program
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B.A. Rafael Landivar University, Guatemala City, Guatemala
M.A., Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh

Alessandra Chiriboga received her B.A. in literature and philosophy at Rafael Landivar University in Guatemala City, Guatemala. She received both her M.A. and Ph.D. (2014) in Hispanic languages and literatures from the University of Pittsburgh, Pa. Before coming to Sweet Briar College, Chiriboga taught at Hamilton College and the University of Pittsburgh. Her research focuses on Latin American literature and cultural studies, with a special emphasis on the Central America and Caribbean Avant-Garde, Latin American Modernismo, and nation-state formation in Latin America.  Dr. Chiriboga teaches all levels of Spanish language, culture and literature courses, and she is also the director of the Latin American Studies Program and co-ordinates the courses for the minor.