Pamela Jean DeWeese, Ph.D.
Interim Dean and VP for Academic Affairs
Professor of Spanish
(434) 381-6205; (434) 381-6171
M.A., and Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
B.A., University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Dr. DeWeese teaches all levels of Spanish language, culture and literature as well as translation. Her area of research is 20th and 21st-century Spanish prose and culture. She is the author of several articles on contemporary Spanish literature and the book Approximations to Luis Goytisolo's Antagonía as well as a biography of Luis Goytisolo in the Dictionary of Literary Biography: Twentieth Century Spanish Fiction Writers. She has translated two novels by the Spanish author Luis Goytisolo, “360º Diary” (Peter Lang, 2008) and “Statue with Doves” (Mellen Press, 2013), as well as the novel “Love, a Reader” by Laura Freixas (Amazon, 2014).
Michael A. Brunelle
Instructor of Spanish
M.I.D., Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
Diploma de Cultura Española, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
Graduate Studies, Spanish Literature, New York University in Madrid, Spain
B.F.A., Boise State University
Michael Brunelle teaches first and second year language courses. He is a Certified Translator and member of the American Translators Association, and has also been a member of the The Translators and Interpreters Guild for many years. Along with his wife, Beatriz Cortabarría, he has translated dozens of books on fine art, architecture, and interior design for major publishers in the United States and Spain. He taught Spanish at the Pratt Institute School of Continuing Education to professionals in the fields of law enforcement, medicine, labor and business. He also worked as an industrial designer in New York and Virginia, doing design work for manufacturers and museums, including the Smithsonian, Mount Vernon, Monticello and Colonial Williamsburg.
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Ph.D., Translation and Intercultural Studies, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain
M.A., Translation and Intercultural Studies, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain
M.B.A., Averett University, Charlottesville, VA
B.A., State University of New York, Empire State College, Saratoga Springs
Beatriz Cortabarría is from the Basque region of Spain. She teaches first- and second-year language courses. In addition, she has collaborated with her husband, Michael Brunelle, on the translation of numerous books on fine art, architecture, interior design and crafts for major publishers in the United States and Spain.
Assistant Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures
Director of the Latin American Studies Program
M.A., Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh
B.A., Rafael Landivar University, Guatemala City, Guatemala
Alessandra Chiriboga received her B.A. in literature and philosophy at Rafael Landivar University in Guatemala City, Guatemala. She received both her M.A. and Ph.D. (2014) in Hispanic languages and literatures from the University of Pittsburgh, Pa. Before coming to Sweet Briar College, Chiriboga taught at Hamilton College and the University of Pittsburgh. Her research focuses on Latin American literature and cultural studies, with a special emphasis on the Central America and Caribbean Avant-Garde, Latin American Modernismo, and nation-state formation in Latin America. Dr. Chiriboga teaches all levels of Spanish language, culture and literature courses, and she is also the director of the Latin American Studies Program and co-ordinates the courses for the minor.