Syracuse Madrid Faculty

abrantes-ricardoProf. Ricardo Abrantes

Art history

Prof. Abrantes specializes in Art History 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 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 Madrid since 2015.

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

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

Prof. Benito Cadenas

Economy & political sciences

Prof. Benito Cadenas is a professor of micro and macroeconomics at Villanueva University and at Schiller International University. Before that he was a company adviser at Bankinter and at the Spanish office for taxation.

Ph.D. Health economics – Universidad Camilo José Cela, Spain

Prof. Amelia Cánovas


Amelia holds a degree in marine sciences from the University of the Canary Islands and is a  professional PADI instructor with extensive diving experience in Micronesia, Madagascar, Galapagos Islands, Andaman Sea, Maldives and the Red Sea. She has participated in the creation of underwater documentaries, such as “The Wreck of the Syrian”.

Amelia is presently the environmental coordinator at the Educational Center of Cabo de Palos, in the Region of Murcia. She coordinates environmental education campaigns for schools and universities as well as other activities to promote active and nature tourism in the Region of Murcia.

Ph.D. Applied economy– in progress –  Universidad de Murcia, Spain
M.A. Management of Mediterranean biodiversity – Universidad de Murcia, Spain
Licenciatura. Oceanography – Universidad de Las Palmas, Spain


Prof. Vicente Carmona

Spanish language

Professor Carmona received his Ph.D. from UCLA (20th Century Spanish Literature, Literary Theory and Cultural Studies) and taught Spanish Language, Literature and Cinema at American universities such as USC, Smith College, and LSU before returning to Spain. He has also worked as a journalist for EFE (Spanish News Agency) in South and Central America. As a translator, he has published several books on film and literary theory. In Madrid, he teaches Spanish Language, Spanish Literature and Film at USC and Syracuse University. He is currently working on the script for several TV documentaries on cultural issues. Prof. Carmona also teaches on the Spanish Identities Seminar.

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. Laura Cassain


Prof. Cassain has been a research fellow at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, the Sociological Research Center, and the Women’s Institute in Spain. Prof. Cassain received her M.A. in empirical social research and data analysis from the Sociological Research Center. Her Ph.D. in sociology and anthropology at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid focuses on migration studies from a transnational and intersectional perspective and, specifically, in return migration from Spain to Argentina. Her research interests focus on international migration and contemporary mobility, migratory trajectories and life course, gender and women studies.

Ph.D. Sociology and Anthropology – Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
M.A. Empirical Social Research and Data Analysis – Sociological Research Center


Prof. Patricia Espinosa

Art history

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

Licenciatura. Art history – Universidad Complutense 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 on 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 Complutense de Madrid, Spain
Licenciatura. Psychology – Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
Licenciatura. Philosophy – Universidad de Valencia, Spain

Prof. Ariadne María Ferro

First-Year Forum
Director, Student Life
Office number: 913 199 942 (Ext 209)

Prof. Ferro began her teaching career in 1998 as a teaching assistant at the University of Florida.  Upon graduating, she was hired as a full-time lecturer of Spanish language and linguistics and Portuguese language at the University of Central Florida and as an adjunct Spanish language instructor at Valencia Community College in Orlando, Florida.  Before embarking on her administrative career in several study abroad programs in Madrid, Prof. Ferro taught translation, Spanish language and linguistics, and English language at the undergraduate and graduate levels at different U.S. and Spanish universities in the greater Madrid area.

In 2016, Prof. Ferro joined the Syracuse Madrid team as its director of Student Life.

Ph.D. Modern languages – Universidad de Alcalá, Spain
Máster. Intercultural education – UNED, Spain
Máster. Teaching English as a foreign language – Universidad de Alcalá, Spain
Máster. Spanish language and culture – Universidad de Alcalá, Spain
M.A. Spanish – University of Florida
B.A. Spanish – University of Central Florida

Prof. Javier Gamo

Computer science
Prof. Javier Gamo has been teaching engineering courses in different institutions for more than 20 years. His primary research interest focuses on Virtual Remote Laboratories in Optics and Photonics, as a complement to face-to-face labs in engineering studies.
Ph.D. Education – UNED, Spain
Ph.D. Physics – Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
LicenciaturaPhysics – Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain

Prof. Alan Goodman


Prof. Al Goodman was the CNN correspondent in Madrid for more than 20 years, reporting on camera in English and in Spanish. His TV news awards include an Emmy and a National Headliner. Earlier he freelanced for The New York Times and NPR. He co-authored The World on a String: How to Become a Freelance Foreign Correspondent (Henry Holt, NY), which has been used in American journalism schools. He has been a guest speaker in Journalism classes at Syracuse University/Madrid and has taught Journalism at Universidad Camilo José Cela. In March 2020, he returned to CNN as a freelance correspondent to help cover the coronavirus crisis in Spain.

B.S.J. Journalism – Northwestern University

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 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. Juan Iso


Prof. Iso specializes in 19th and 20th century Spanish and Latin American literature. He also has taught different courses in contemporary Hispanic literature at U.S study abroad programs in Madrid. His research interests focus on the intersection between urban studies and literature, biopolitics, the formation of dystopias in literature, and the representation of dissident sexualities from political activism.

Ph.D. Spanish – University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A. Spanish- University of Wisconsin-Madison
BA. Spanish- Universidad Complutense de Madrid


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. 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

Prof. Dieter Roberto Kuehl

Contemporary Spanish literature and cinema
Director, Syracuse Madrid
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 Madrid since 2001 and has participated as a lecturer and director of several Signature Seminars at Syracuse 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

Prof. Leticia Martínez


Leticia has been teaching courses titled Health Psychology, Wellbeing, and Techniques of Intervention at IE University and Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She received her Masters degree in clinical and health psychology (2014) and is currently working on a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. She is interested in new approaches in psychopathology and assessment (such as taxometrical approaches or network analysis), cognitive biases, dimensions of self-esteem, and well-being in psychotic patients. She is also interested in applying experimental methodologies and new technologies (eg, IAT, ESM, APPs …) to the study of psychopathology and the promotion of well-being. Leticia also works as a clinical practitioner of third-generation therapies (e.g., acceptance and commitment therapies, mindfulness, compassion-focused therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy) and positive psychotherapy.

Ph.D. clinical psychology – in progress
Máster. clinical and health psychology


Prof. Marta Martínez

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 Madrid since 2015.
Ph.D. Economics – Universidad de Valladolid, Spain
Máster. Economics – Universidad de Valladolid, Spain
Licenciatura. Business administration – Universidad de Valladolid, Spain


Prof. Belén 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. At Syracuse Madrid, she teaches Sexuality in Spain in both the spring and fall semesters, as well as in the summer session.

Ph.D. Social anthropology –  Universidad Complutense 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 Osés


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 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


Prof. Cristina Pérez

Spanish language

Prof. Pérez has been teaching literature, translation, and language culture at Syracuse Madrid 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
Licenciatura. Spanish philology – Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

Prof. Yara Pérez

Spanish language

Prof. Pérez has taught Spanish to students of different levels in various university programs in Madrid. She is also a creator of didactic materials on Spanish as a Foreign Language and is an examiner accredited by the Instituto Cervantes of the Spanish diploma DELE. He has taught Spanish in Alcalingua – Universidad de Alcalá and, currently, in Syracuse Madrid and in Luis Vives Escuela de Español.
Ph.D. Spanish language -in progress – University of Alcalá, Spain
Máster. ESO Teacher Training, Baccalaureate, Vocational Training and Language Teaching. Specialty in Castilian Language and Literature – University of Alcalá, Spain
Máster. Teaching Spanish as a foreign language – University of Alcalá, Spain
Grado. Spanish philology – University of Alcalá, Spain


Prof. Mónica Pérez-Bedmar


Prof. Pérez-Bedmar holds a B.Sc and M.Sc in oceanography and coastal zone management and is at present pursuing her doctorate in ecology.  She lived in the United States for more than 10 years working in and collaborating with several environmental agencies dedicated to the protection of coastal areas.  Prof. Pérez-Bedmar has taught oceanography and environmental science in several U.S. university programs in Spain for several years. She conducts field research and field trips with students often and has collaborated with several research projects in the environmental field.  In addition, Prof. Pérez-Bedmar is a certified diver and sailing instructor and is an avid nature explorer.


M.S. Coastal Zone Management – Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida
B.S. Biological Oceanography – Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida


Prof. Elena Postigo


Prof. 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. Prof. 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. Marina Rodríguez


Prof. Rodríguez del Valle earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in immunoparasitology. She completed her post-doctoral research in the fields of toxicology and pharmacology.   She has extensive experience teaching courses in microbiology, cell biology, and microbiology at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Prof. Rodríguez del Valle has worked in U.S. universities in Spain and in Mexico. Her interests involve the study of host-parasite relationships, how microbes evade the immune system, and the development of new drugs for microbial control.

Ph.D. Immunoparasitology – Georgetown University
M.S. Immunoparasitology – Georgetown University
Licenciatura. Biological sciences – Universidad de Navarra, Spain


Prof. Pilar Sánchez Millas

Political science

Since 2002, Prof. Sánchez Millas has been teaching history and political science courses at Syracuse 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. Alfonso Taboada


Prof. Taboada studied Pure Mathematics in the Universidad Complutense of Madrid. He has over twenty-five years of experience teaching Math and Statistics at all levels at several Spanish and U.S. universities in Madrid. Prof. Taboada teaches Calculus at Syracuse Madrid.

Licenciatura. Pure Mathematics – Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Prof. Mónica Terrazo


Prof. Terrazo holds a degree in psychology from theUniversidad Complutense de Madrid and obtained her DEA (research proficiency) in a doctoral program which studied human behavior with an emphasis in biological-physiological processes. She has taught Physiological Psychology and Psychobiology.  She currently teaches data analysis applied to clinical psychology at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas. She has worked as a methodologist and data analyst for different research projects on medical and psychological sciences.

Her research interests are in the study of socioemotional development in children and adolescents, and the effects that social relationships and culture have on psychological health. As a data analyst, she is interested in longitudinal data analysis, social network analysis, and the development of new psychometric tools to measure emotional development in children.


Ph.D. Clinical and health psychology – Universidad Autónoma de Madrid – in progress
Máster. Methodology applied to the behavioral and health Sciences – Interuniversity program: Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and UNED.
Licenciatura. Psychology – Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain.

Prof. María Torrano

Spanish language

Prof.  Torrano has a wide experience in teaching English and Spanish as second languages. She has been teaching Spanish for foreigners for almost ten years, abroad (Lisbon, France) and  in Spain, in different universities (CEU San Pablo, Syracuse Madrid) and language schools (Tandem, Alce lenguas).

Every summer she teaches language and culture at the Spanish courses of Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo in Santander. She is also a freelance translator (English, French and Spanish) and a DELE examiner.

Ph.D. Literature – Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
Máster. Spanish as a Second Language – Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo, Spain.
Bachelor’s Degree. English philology – Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain.


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 Madrid 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 Syracuse Madrid. Since 2005, she has served as supervisor of the Spanish department and coordinator of internship and service learning.

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

Prof. Óscar Yáñez

Business of Sports

Óscar Yáñez is passionate about Sports as a social catalyst and change maker. With over 20 years of experience in sports institutions (sports clubs, associations and federations), sponsoring companies, consulting firms and marketing agencies, Prof. Yáñez focuses on Sports digital marketing strategies. He has been a lecturer at many European universities, such as ISDE, IESE Business School, the European School of Economics, IE University, Universidad Europea, UCAM and the University of Navarra. Professor Yáñez is currently #SportsTech Director at and Board Member at

Ph.D. Sports marketing – in progress – Universidad de Alcalá, Spain
M.B.A. Executive in sales and marketing- IE Business School, Madrid, Spain
Licenciatura. Law- Universidad de Navarra, Spain

Prof. Amalia Yrizar

Assistant director, Syracuse Madrid
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, and later as a lecturer at Syracuse University Madrid. At Syracuse Madrid, she has taught several history and political science courses, including the Imperium and Azahar Signature Seminars.  As of 2008, she collaborates with a graduate program at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

In 2005, Prof. Yrizar became the assistant to the director for academic affairs, and in 2011 she was named assistant director of Syracuse 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.
Grado – Four-year undergraduate degree.
Diplomatura – Three-year undergraduate degree.