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Spanish and Portuguese, Deparment of Languages, Literatures and Cultures


People: Catalan Language & Culture


Meghan Armstrong
Meghan Armstrong is a member of the Grup d'Estudis de Prosòdia (GrEP), a research group based at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Catalonia. This group's objective is to understand the role of prosody and gesture in human communication. Dr. Armstrong has collaborated with many elementary schools in Catalonia investigating Central Catalan-speaking children's processing of prosodic and morphosyntactic cues using eyetracking (with Llorenç Andreu, Núria Esteve and Pilar Prieto). Current collaborations with Catalan researchers include a study looking at how Catalan children use prosody and facial gesture to understand belief states (with Núria Esteve and Pilar Prieto), as well as work on the role of intonation as an evidential strategy in Mallorcan Catalan (with Maria del Mar Vanrell and Pilar Prieto).


Albert Lloret
Albert Lloret specializes in Medieval and Early Modern Hispanic and Catalan literatures. His first book (Printing Ausiàs March: Material Culture and Renaissance Poetics) studies the relationship between textual materiality and poetical meaning in the first printed editions of medieval Valencian author Ausiàs March. Prof. Lloret has edited a forthcoming special issue of Translation Review on Catalan Literature and Translation. He regularly offers the seminar Old Catalan Literature (597OC).



Guillem Molla
Guillem Molla is the current Catalan Lecturer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Guillem received his Bachelor's Degree in both Hispanic Studies and Catalan Studies from the University of Girona in 2001 and 2003. He received a Ph.D. Extraordinary Award in 2011 upon completion of his thesis "Ramon Esquerra:Geografía vital i crítica d'un esperit comparatista". Prior to coming to UMass, he worked as a Cultural Coordinator with the GEiEG, a Catalan Tutorial Fellow at Cardiff University and a Foreign Language Assistant with the University of Bristol.


Barbara Zecchi
Since 2006, Barbara Zecchi has served as Academic Coordinator of the Catalan Lecturership and has secured funding from the Institut Ramon Llull for instruction of Catalan Language and Culture at UMass Amherst. In collaboration with Julia Llompart (2009-2011) and Jordi Dosaiguas (2011-13) she has been the curator of the UMass Catalan Film Festival, now at its sixth edition, and the organizer of the Gynocine International Conference: Mujeres, Dones and Cinema. She is a member of the research group Cos I Textualitat created in 2005 by Meri Torras, based at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Her main area of research deals with cinema and gender studies. In addition to over thirty articles, she is the author, editor or co-editor of several books such as Sexualidad y Escritura (Anthropos: Barcelona, 2002), La mujer en la España actual ¿Evolución o involución (Icaria: Barcelona, 2004), Teoría y práctica de la adaptación fílmica (Madrid:Editorial Universidad Complutense, 2012), Desenfocadas (Icaria: Barcelona, forthcoming) and La pantalla sexuada. She is currently working on a new book project that deals with Catalan film pioneers such as Anais Napoleon, Elena Jordi and Rosario Pi Brujas.

Graduate Students

Catalan Teaching Associates

The introductory courses are based on an active learning environment with a comunicative approach. The main objective of the course is mastery of the four basic skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) that will allow students to succesfully comunicate in the target language. Another important aspect of the teaching methodology of the Catalan Studies Program is the understanding of the various manifestations of the Catalan Language and Culture, as the birthplace of the previous and current TOs demonstrates.

Dolores Juan-Moreno Born in Palma (Mallorca, Illes Balears) and is the current Catalan Teaching Associate.
Irene Mele-Ballesteros Catalan Teaching Associate from 2011-2012
Eva Paris-Huesca Catalan Teaching Associate from 2012-2013

Catalan Research
Pau Canigueral Ph.D.
Irene Mele-Ballesteros Ph.D.
Maribel Rams Ph.D.

Previous Contributors

Jordi Dosaiguas was the Catalan lecturer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst from 2011 to 2013. Jordi was born in Reus (Tarragona). He received 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.