Jordi Dosaiguas is the current Catalan lecturer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Jordi was born in Reus (Tarragona). He recieved his bachelor degree in translation and interpreting at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in 2005. He specialized in German and Italian translation and completed a Master's degree in applied linguistics at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. He worked for two years as a predoctoral researcher at the Institut Universitari de Lingüística Aplicada (IULA) and worked as a Catalan teacher at the Centre per a la Normalització Lingüística in Barcelona. He has also taught German and English at different schools.
Júlia Llompart was the Catalan lecturer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst from 2009 to 2011. Júlia was born in Maó (Menorca, Balears). She finished her bachelor degree in traslation and interpreting at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in 2007. She specialized in Arabic and English translation and legal translation, as well as teaching Catalan and Spanish as foreign languages. After working as a translator in Spain for a while, she became the forth Catalan lecturer in our department.
Josep Navarro Santaeulàlia was the Catalan visiting lecturer at UMass in 2008-2009. He received his bachelor degree in Catalan Philology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He has writen essays about simbolic poetry (Qüestió de mots: Del Simbolisme a la poesia pura, 1990, and Fusions, 1997) and about Japanese poetry. He translated into Catalan the anthology of haikus Marea baixa, 1997. He has also writen poetry and fiction books.
Andreu Pedró was the Catalan lecturer during the academic year 2007-2008. He has a degree in Translation and Interpreting from the Universitat Jaume I and a masters in Audiovisual Translation from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. In this field he has worked as a freelance translator for more than ten years. Andreu has taught Spanish and Catalan in different European institutions such as the University of Cambridge, where he received a qualification in Humanities Computing for Languages. He is currently working as a language teacher for the Catalan Board of Education.
Jordi Fortuny was the first Catalan lecturer at UMass in 2006-2007. Jordi was born in Maó (Menorca, Balears). He received his bachelor degree in Catalan philology from the University of Barcelona in 2001. He finished his PhD in Cognitive Science and Linguistics in 2007, also at the University of Barcelona. From September 2007 to August 2009 he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Language and Cognition at the University of Groningen, and currently he is a Juan de la Cierva postdoctoral researcher at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.