SU Madrid Faculty


Prof. Ricardo Abrantes

Art history

Prof. Abrantes specializes in history of art at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He also teaches courses in Spanish Art and Spanish Painting at the Museo del Prado in various U.S. university programs in Madrid. Since 1990 he has taught modern Spanish art at Syracuse University Madrid.

Prof. Abrantes has published articles in professional magazines and co-authored the book Arte español para extranjeros, which is widely used by foreign students in Spain.

Licenciatura. Art – Universidad Completense de Madrid, Spain


Prof. Cristina Aliaga

Spanish language

Prof. Aliaga has extensive experience teaching Spanish as a foreign language in a wide variety of institutions. She has taught several Spanish levels at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Universidad Alfonso X. Prof. Aliaga has also worked as a Spanish Diploma (LETRA) examiner at Universidad Antonio de Nebrija in Madrid and has worked in the Easy Reading research group at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. She has taught for Syracuse University Madrid since 2015.

Máster. Spanish as a second language – Universidad Completense de Madrid, Spain
Licenciatura. Spanish philology – Universidad Completense de Madrid, Spain


Prof. Noel Byrne

International financial management

Prof. Byrne is a qualified Certified Public Accountant with a graduate degree in international accounting and auditing and a degree in business, economics, and social sciences. He has over twenty years experience working in the business world and seven years working as a professor at several U.S. universities in Madrid. Prof. Byrne teaches finance and accounting courses at SU Madrid.

M.Sc. International accounting and auditing – University College Cork, Ireland
B.Sc. Business, economics and social studies – Trinity College Dublin, Ireland


Prof. Vicente Carmona

Spanish language

Prof. Carmona taught Spanish language, literature, and cinema in the U.S. at USC, Smith College, and LSU before returning to Spain. Currently, he teaches Spanish language, Spanish literature, and film at USC and Syracuse University Madrid.

Ph.D. Hispanic languages and literatures – University of California Los Angeles
M.A. Spanish literature – University of Southern California
Licenciatura. Spanish philology – Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain


Prof. Patricia Espinosa

Art history

Prof. Espinosa has taught at the undergraduate university level since 2005 for Syracuse University, American University, and USAC (University Study Abroad Consortium). At SU Madrid she has taught several Art History courses, and participates in the Azahar seminar.

Licenciatura. Art history – Universidad Completense de Madrid, Spain


Prof. José Miguel Fernández Dols


Prof. Fernández Dols is a full professor of psychology at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and has taught many different courses during his academic career. He is particularly interested in four disciplines: social psychology, political psychology, cross-cultural psychology, and emotion. For the last 10 years, Prof. Fernández Dols has taught social psychology and political psychology to European undergraduate students, cross-cultural psychology to U.S. undergraduate students, and emotion to graduate students at universities in both sides of the Atlantic.

Prof. Fernández Dols’ research focuses on facial expression and everyday conceptions of emotion in different cultures. He is also interested in the study of societal problems related to justice, social norms, and moral behavior. A list of his publications can be found at:

Ph.D. Psychology – Universidad Completense de Madrid, Spain
Licenciatura. Psychology – Universidad Completense de Madrid, Spain
Licenciatura. Philosophy – Universidad de Valencia, Spain


Prof. Carlos Fernández López

Spanish literature

Prof. Fernández López has taught since 2007 at undergraduate and graduate level at University College London, Queen Mary University of London, American University, and Syracuse University Madrid, where he has developed several literature, cinema, and popular culture courses.

He is the author of the books of poems Soundscape and Vitral de voz, and co-author of three monographs on César Vallejo’s life and work.

Ph.D. Hispanic studies – in progress – University College London, UK
M.A. Comparative literature – University College London, UK
Licenciatura. Literary theory and comparative literature – Universidad Completense de Madrid, Spain


Prof. Lawrence Heglar


Dr. Laurence Heglar has been teaching courses in psychology for the past 12 years at SU Madrid.

Dr. Heglar has taught for various university programs in Spain, including the University of Maryland, College for International Studies, and Schiller International University. He teaches summer courses in child development and research methods in education for Endicott College’s international education graduate program in Madrid, the Czech Republic, and Switzerland.  The College for International Studies (Madrid) awarded him the teaching excellence award in 2014. His research is concerned with methodological issues in the human sciences, particularly with observational and qualitative methods, and the work of John Dewey. At Syracuse University Madrid he teaches Personality and Abnormal psychology.

Ph.D. Developmental psychology – Wayne State University
M.A. Social psychology – Wayne State University
B.A. Psychology Oakland University


Prof. Carmela Hernández

Spanish language

Born in Madrid, Dr. Hernández García has spent many years living in Mexico, Panama, Canada, and the United States, where she obtained her Ph.D. from New York University. Dr. Hernández García is also a doctor by the Universidad Complutense de Madrid where she specialized in Golden Age theater. She later specialized in teaching Spanish as a second language and has successfully taught it with her own books for the last thirty years.

Ph.D. Spanish language and literature – New York University
M.A. Spanish literature New York University
B.A. French and Spanish Literature Marymount Manhattan College


Prof. Miguel Houghton


Prof. Houghton has worked throughout his professional career in IT multinationals such as Ericsson, Alcatel, Wang, Informix, Olivetti, Toshiba, NCR, and HP where he was principally in charge of Sales & Marketing.

Prof. Houghton has worked as an adjunct professor at Syracuse University Madrid, Universidad Complutense de Madrid’s marketing department in the College of Economics and Enterprises, and Universidad Carlos III de Madrid’s economics department. He has also served as chair of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid’s summer courses in marketing & sales management since 2008.

M.B.A. Marketing and Business Administration – Instituto de directivos de empresa (CESEM), Spain
Licenciatura. Applied physics – Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain


Prof. Antonel Jepure


Prof. Jepure has spent over 15 years working on archaeological research focused on assimilation and acculturation in Spain’s late antiquity and visigothic period in several Spanish universities (UPV–Vitoria, UAH–Alcalá de Henares, UAM–Madrid) and for the Museo de Segovia. His research interests and experience are centered on paleoanthropology, archaeology, early medieval studies and subaquatic archaeology. He has participated in several excavations in Spain, Germany, and Croatia.

Prof. Jepure is currently involved in research projects in the province of Segovia, in central Spain, and in Biscay, in northern Spain.

Ph.D. Anthropology – University of Würzburg, Germany
Magister Artium. Prehistory, archaeology and political science – University of Würzburg, Germany


Prof. Ben Jones


Prof. Jones has worked as a foreign correspondent for most of his professional life, reporting on Spanish politics, culture, economics and business, travel, and sports for a wide variety of U.S. and foreign print, online,  and broadcast media.

He has also covered the Middle East and the former Soviet Union and was a correspondent in the Gulf War.

B.A. Journalism – San Diego State University


Prof. Matthew Kineen

English and textual studies

Professor Kineen has over 20 years of teaching experience at the university level in the U.S. and Spain. The Hemingway course at Syracuse University Madrid is part of a larger research project on the connections between U.S. writers and Europe in the twentieth century. As part of this work, Prof. Kineen presented a paper at the International Hemingway Society’s 2012 Biennial Conference entitled “Out of Place? Hemingway’s Michigan Memories in Death in the Afternoon.

Ph.D. Comparative literature – University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A. Comparative literature – University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A. Liberal studies – University of Notre Dame

Professor Dieter Roberto KuehelProf. Dieter Roberto Kuehl

Contemporary Spanish literature and cinema
Office Number: 913 199 942 (Ext 212)

Dr. Kuehl specializes in Spanish literature and film, and has taught at the university level for over 15 years. He has taught a wide range of Spanish literature and cinema courses at Syracuse University Madrid since 2001 and has participated as a lecturer and director of several Signature Seminars at SU Madrid such as Azahar, Mare Nostrum, and Eurovision. In 2011, he was named program director.

Ph.D. Spanish literature – Harvard University
M.A. Spanish literature – Harvard University
B.S. Business administration – Babson College

juan-labordaProf. Juan Laborda


Prof. Juan Laborda has been chief economist and chief of global macro strategist in different financial institutions. He has different academic and non-academic publications in financial economics and macroeconomics including academic journals Quantitative Finance, International Review of Economics and Finance, Aestimatio, The IEB International Journal of Finance, and The Spanish Review of Financial Economics. He teaches at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and at Syracuse University Madrid he teaches Money and Banking.

Ph.D. Economics and organization management – Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain
Máster. Organization management – Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain
Licenciatura. Business and economic sciences – Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain

marta-matuteProf. Marta Matute


Prof. Matute is currently working as an assistant economist for the DG of Economics, Statistics and Research of the Bank of Spain (Eurosystem). She has taught economics for several years, principally microeconomics, principles of economics, accounting and financial economics. Prof. Matute has collaborated with different institutions such as Georgia State University (US), London School of Economics (UK), Franklin Institute (Spain) and Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain). Her research interests involve applied economics, labour economics, macroeconomics, and policy evaluation. Prof. Matute has published various papers in top peer-reviewed academic journals related to the economic analysis of labour markets, judicial systems, insolvency and productivity, credit, and education and skills. She has been teaching Economics of the European Integration at Syracuse University Madrid since 2015.

Ph.D. Economics – Universidad de Valladolid, Spain
Máster. Economics – Universidad de Valladolid, Spain
Licenciatura. Business administration – Universidad de Valladolid, Spain

alejandro-medinaProf. Alejandro Medina

Religion, history, and humanities
Director, Azahar

Prof. Medina completed his B.A. in the United States and his postgraduate work in philosophy in France and Germany. His Ph.D., in cultural history, is from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. For 25 years he has taught history of religions (Christianity; Judaism; Islam), of civilizations (Ancient Rome; the Byzantine and Ottoman empires; Islamic Spain) and cultures (the Italian renaissance), contextualized in their manifestations as intellectual, artistic, and socio-cultural products for Syracuse University in Madrid, Spain; Istanbul, Turkey; and Rome, Italy.

Ph.D. Renaissance philology and cultural and philosophical history – Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
Licence. Philosophy – l’Université Paris-Sorbonne, France
B.A. Liberal arts – Saint John’s College, Santa Fe


Prof. Belen Molinuevo


Social anthropologist. Specialty in gender issues, women’s studies, and sexual diversity. Research developed on gender relations in urban spaces, sexuality, and homophobic bullying at schools. Member of the education department of the Federation of Spanish LGBT Associations. Head of FELGTB International Education Department. At Syracuse University Madrid, she teaches Sexuality in Spain in both the spring and fall semesters, as well as in the summer session.

Ph.D. Social anthropology – in progress – Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
Máster. Foreign policy of the European Union – Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
Licenciatura. Social and cultural anthropology – Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
Diplomatura. Education – Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain


Prof. José Juan Oses


Teaching experience: Tutor of postgraduate seminars, Catholic University of Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve), Belgium. Collaborating professor, Institute of Social Research, National Autonomous University of Mexico.

Research Background: Prof. Oses’ areas of specialization are sociology of culture and religion, social theory, and qualitative research methods. His doctoral research focuses on the afterlife beliefs and representations of the French-speaking Belgium youth, and its results have been published in Social Compass. International Review of Sociology of Religion. Prof. Oses has participated in comparative research on religious culture in Spain and Europe as a member of the European Group for the Interdisciplinary Study of Religious Change (GERICR). More recently, he has carried out postdoctoral research about cultural and religious globalization in Mexico.

Ph.D. Social and political sciences – Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium
Licenciatura. Sociology – Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain


Prof. María del Mar Pastor

Spanish language

Since 1987, Maria del Mar Pastor has taught Spanish language at different levels for undergraduate students at Syracuse University Madrid. Since 1989, she has also taught Spanish language and literature to interpreters of the United Nations and the European Commission. She graduated in Hispanic philology at Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Ph.D. Hispanic studies – UNED, Spain
Licenciatura. Spanish philology – Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

pablo-penasProf. Pablo Penas



Pablo Penas teaches management at Syracuse University and is an adjunct professor at Galicia Business School. He combines teaching with consulting and is currently a freelancer. Prof. Penas previously worked as a senior manager in the Management Consulting department and as head of retail for EMEA at Neoris, among others. In addition to his professional responsibilities, Professor Penas is pursuing a Ph.D. from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and has published around 40 articles in several business magazines.

M.B.A. – INSEAD, France and Singapore
Máster. International business administration – Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade, Madrid, Spain
B.A. Business administration – University of Wales, UK/ Caixanova Business School, Spain


Prof. Cristina Pérez

Spanish language

She has been teaching literature, translation, and language culture at Syracuse University since 2001. She has also taught at Boston University and Tufts University, and she is currently teaching at the Boston University internship program in Madrid.

Ph.D. Hispanic languages and literatures – Boston University
M.A. Hispanic languages and literatures – Boston University
B.A. Arts and music – University of Miami


Prof. Elena Postigo


Dr.  Postigo specializes in European and Spanish and Latin American history. She has taught at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) for 25 years at the undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate levels. Prof. Postigo has taught at different European universities at the post-graduate level (Paris, Rouen, Bordeaux, Naples, Pisa, European Institute – Florence –, Évora, Porto, Zaragoza, Cantabria). She has also taught in Argentina. She has published two books and over 60 articles in Spanish and European magazines and has participated in 20 international and 10 national conferences. Dr. Postigo has been the director of eight research projects (I+D), five of which were financed by the European Community and three of which were financed by the Spanish Ministry of Education. Finally, Prof. Postigo has been the director of six teaching innovation projects. Currently, she is a full professor of history at UAM, the coordinator of the international doctorate of history of women and gender in Europe (Universities of Paris, Rouen, Naples, Edinburgh, Vienna and UAM). She has been director of seven doctoral dissertations and 15 masters theses.

Ph.D. Modern and contemporary history – Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
Licenciatura. Modern and contemporary history – Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain


Prof. Pilar Sánchez Millas

Political science

Since 2002, Prof. Sánchez Millas has been teaching history and political science courses at Syracuse University Madrid, including numerous field trips to interview politicians involved in the peace process of the Basque country and its relation to the Spanish State.

Prof. Sánchez Millas’ Ph.D. dissertation analyzed the period of absolute majorities of the socialist party, dealing specifically with the teamwork built for the Spanish politics towards the European integration process. Her research projects include identifying, classifying, and storing the personal files of a main character in the Spanish transition to democracy, Francisco Fernández Ordóñez, who was an outstanding promoter of opening up the country to the rest of the world after forty years of dictatorship. Prof. Sánchez Millas continues to research and write about people involved in peace, transitions to democracy, and the conciliation politics behind it.

Ph.D. Political science – Instituto Universitario de Investigación Ortega y Gasset, Spain
Licenciatura. Geography and history – Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain


Prof. Kirk Tennant


Kirk Lee Tennant is a multidisciplinary teacher. With degrees in accounting, business, engineering management, theology/ethics, and English literature, he combines these disciplines to provide courses in multiple business and economic subjects to students at Syracuse University Madrid.

The courses taught by Professor Tennant combine a historical perspective of the course subject but stress the application of the course material in today’s ever-shrinking, changing world. Also, since the courses are taught in Madrid, a cross-cultural view of the course content is always taken with student exposure to Spanish and European contemporary issues. He teaches at several U.S. universities.

M.A. English arts – Saint Louis University
Máster. North American Studies – Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
M.A. Theological studies, Southern Methodist University – Perkins School of Theology
M.S. Engineering management – Southern Methodist University
M.S. Management – Purdue University
B.S. Accounting – Ohio State University


Prof. María Teresa Viñuelas

Spanish language
Coordinator, Spanish language program
Supervisor, Internship and service learning
Office Number: 913 199 942 (Ext 203)

Since 1991, Prof. Viñuelas has taught Spanish language and linguistics at Syracuse University to undergraduate students at all Spanish levels. She was first a lecturer, and later, the director of the Mare Nostrum Signature Seminar. She has also directed the Roots and Routes and Spanish Identities Signature Seminars for SU Madrid. Since 2005, she has served as supervisor of the Spanish department and coordinator of internship and service learning at Syracuse University Madrid.

Máster. Teaching Spanish as a foreign language –in progress– Universidad de Alcalá, Spain
Licenciatura. Spanish philology – Universidad de Alcalá, Spain

Amalia YrizarProf. Amalia Yrizar

Assistant director
Office Number: 913 199 942 (Ext 204)

Prof. Yrizar has taught at the undergraduate university level since 2003, first as a TA at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), and later as a lecturer at Syracuse University Madrid. At SU Madrid, she has taught several history and political science courses, including the Azahar and Imperium Signature Seminars. She has also collaborated at the graduate level at the UAM since 2008. In 2005, Prof. Yrizar became the assistant to the director for academic affairs, and in 2011 she was named assistant director of SU Madrid program.

Ph.D. History – in progress – Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
Licenciatura. Library and information science – Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
Licenciatura. Early modern and modern history – Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain

Spanish degrees

Máster – One to two-year postgraduate degree.
Licenciatura – Five-year undergraduate degree.
Diplomatura – Three-year undergraduate degree.