Adrienne Martin 

 John Slater 


The Spanish graduate program is one of the top Spanish departments in the nation. Indeed, according to the annual Academic Analytics survey, we are currently ranked #1 in scholarly productivity in our field. The program offers comprehensive training in Iberian and Latin American – including Portuguese and Brazilian – Literatures and Cultures, as well as Hispanic Linguistics. Our faculty’s intellectual and teaching philosophy is geared toward incorporating new theoretical and scholarly models, especially cross-disciplinary methods, without ceasing to pay attention to national literatures. The Ph.D. program requires coursework in the history of the Spanish language and in literary or linguistic scholarship, and competence in two foreign languages other than Spanish.

Faculty members bring a strong interdisciplinary focus to scholarship and teaching and participate actively in a variety of other programs at UC Davis, including: Graduate Groups in Linguistics and in Cultural Studies, Programs in the Humanties and in Film Studies, the Hemispheric Institute on the Americas, the Chicana/Latina Research Center and the Davis Humanities Institute, through which faculty and graduate students are involved in research clusters focused on Documentary Studies, Early Modern Studies, Language and Social Contexts, Latin American Cultural Studies, Medieval Studies, Queer Studies, and Studies in Performance and Practice.

Some of our faculty are also affiliated with the Designated Emphases in: Feminist Theory and Research, Critical Theory,Second Language Acquisition, and Performance Studies.


The Department of Spanish offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Spanish with an emphasis in:

  1. Hispanic Linguistics
  2. Iberian or Latin American Literatures and Cultures

M.A. and Ph.D. programs at UC Davis offer in-depth specialization in literary and cultural studies, as well as a track designed for those interested primarily in language study. The programs may be supplemented with offerings from other departments and programs, such as Comparative Literature, Linguistics, Critical Theory, Native American Studies and Chicana/o Studies. See the Graduate Student Handbook for more information. Mentoring Guidelines are available here.