Summer Session Faculty


Prof. David Caro

Media, Film and Pop Culture in Spain

My name is David Caro, and I’m from Madrid. My last year of university, I volunteered with the U.S. programs at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. There I came into contact with many students with different, wonderful, and enriching viewpoints about life, academics, and the whole world. Since then, I’ve worked for several U.S. university programs in Spain and, since 2015, in the academic office of Syracuse Madrid. Here, I’ve also led informational sessions and coordinated several intercultural activities. After obtaining my Ph.D., I’ve taught sociology and Spanish language and literature at Syracuse Madrid and at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. I enjoy teaching and assisting students during their time abroad because I strongly believe that traveling and becoming familiar with different cultures and ways of life is a great way to mature and understand our changing and challenging world.

Ph.D. Spanish literature – Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
Máster. Italian literature – Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
Licenciatura. Spanish philology – Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
Licenciatura. Italian philology – Universidad Complutense 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 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 Complutense de Madrid, Spain
Licenciatura. Psychology – Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
Licenciatura. Philosophy – Universidad de Valencia, Spain

Prof. Carlos García

Sports Sociology

Prof. Carlos García is lecturer of sociology at the Universidad Europea de Madrid, where he teaches Sports Sociology and Sports History. He studied Sociology at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and the Université du Québec à Montréal (Canada) and obtained his Ph.D. at the Instituto Nacional de Educación Física of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. His interests range from football tactics to the development of Spanish physical culture, sports participation and the construction of national identities through sports and the media.

Ph.D. Sports Sociology – Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Masters Degree – Université du Québec à Montréal
Licenciatura – Universidad Complutense de Madrid

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. 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. Leticia Martínez


Leticia has been teaching courses of Health Psychology, Wellbeing, and Techniques of Intervention at IE University and Complutense University of Madrid. She received her Masters degree in Clinical and Health Psychology (2014) and she is currently doing her 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 putting experimental methodologies and new technologies (eg, IAT, ESM, APPs …) at the service of the study of psychopathology and the promotion of well-being. Leticia also works as clinical practitioner from third generation therapies (e.g., acceptance and commitment therapies, Mindfulness, compassion-focused therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy) and from positive psychotherapy.

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology – in progress –
Máster. Clinical and Health Psychology –


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. Head of FELGTB International Education Department. 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. 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. 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.
Diplomatura – Three-year undergraduate degree.