Syracuse Madrid Faculty

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. 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. 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, initially to help with coverage of the coronavirus crisis in Spain, but later covering a broad range of subjects, which continue at present.

B.S.J. Journalism – Northwestern University

Alba GraoProf. Alba Grao Rico

Spanish language 

Professor Grao Rico graduated in Education Sciences at the University of Murcia and obtained a Master’s Degree in teaching Spanish as a foreign language from the University of La Rioja. She has been teaching Spanish as a foreign language in the Instituto Cervantes in Naples (Italy) and in Suor Orsola Benincasa University in Naples (Italy). She participated in DELE’s exams as the examiner and also has taught Spanish at Syracuse University. Currently, she teaches in a language school.

M.A. Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language – Universidad La Rioja, Spain
B.A. Education Sciences – Univserdidad de Murcia, Spain

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

Spanish langauge

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
B.A. 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. Danilo Magistrali

Computer Science

Danilo has been teaching since 2005 in several universities (Carlos III, Complutense, Politécnica, ICAI-Comillas, Nebrija, Navarra, IE) of mathematics and physics subjects such as calculus, algebra, differential equations, affine and projective geometry, advanced math, electricity, and magnetism, business mathematics, quantum physics, thermal physics.

Ph.D.,  Psychoanalysis, Medicine Faculty of the Complutense University of Madrid, 2016.
Degree, Chemistry  (specialization Physical-Chemistry), University of Pavia, 2002.

Prof. Andrea de Miguel


Prof. de Miguel is a Forensic Doctor. She has been teaching psychopathology at Universidad Isabel I. She has also worked as a professor at Universidad Alfonso X el Sabio designing and developing practical workshops about psychological damage in victims of gender-based violence. She has been a mentor for Legal Medicine Interns of Psychiatry.

Currently, she works as a Forensic Doctor at Madrid Provincial Court issuing psychological and psychiatric reports. She has also worked as an associate professor at Medical Expert and Evaluation of Psychological and Body Damage Master at AMIR, as an associate professor at the European University of Madrid, and as a professor and mentor for the preparation of Legal Medicine Specialist for Spanish State.

Doctorado. en Medicina (In progress) (Universidad de Zaragoza)
M.A. Peritaje Médico y Valoración delldaño corporal (Universidad de Alcalá)
Graduado. Medicina (Universidad de la Laguna)


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. 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

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. 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

Francisco Javier Rodriguez Chaparro

Modern Spanish Art

Prof. Chaparro earned his Ph.D. from New York University in 2019. A former Fulbright scholar, his research interests include Museum Studies, Spanish painting and graphic arts, art of the Age of Revolution, and the work of Francisco Goya. He has worked at different capacities at institutions such as MoMA, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Hispanic Society Museum & Library, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

He currently serves as an Associate Director, undergraduate studies, at IE University.

Ph.D. Art History – Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
M.Phil. Art History – Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
Licenciatura. Art History – Universidad de Granada


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. 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 – 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.