Department of English

Address: P.O. Box 23356, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00931-3356

Telephone: (787) 764-0000, exts. 3828, 2553, 3797

Fax: (787) 763-5899

Web address: http://humanidades.uprrp.edu/ingles


MA in English


Diane Accaria Zavala, PhD, New York University, 1994, Professor.
Modernism; film and literature; Native American studies; 19th and 20th century American literature

Ann Albuyeh, PhD, University of Wisconsin, 1985, Professor.
Historical linguistics; psycholinguistics; ethnolinguistics

Ian A. Bethell, PhD, University of Warwick, England, 2002, Associate Professor.
Caribbean literature and culture; British literature

Frances M. Bothwell, PhD, Florida State University, 1980, Professor.
18th and 19th century British literature; Shakespeare

Loretta Collins, PhD, University of Iowa, 1999, Associate Professor.
Performance studies; postcolonial theory; creative writing; Afro-Caribbean and Afro-American studies

James P. Conlan, PhD, University of California, Riverdale, 1999, Associate Professor.
Medieval and Renaissance literature; textual criticism; early New World travel narrative

Robert Dupey, PhD, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras (2006). Assistant Professor.
Comparative text analysis; narrative discourse; writing and research; code switching; phonology/phonetics

Nicholas Faraclas, PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1989, Associate Professor.
Syntax; Creole languages

Lowell Fiet, PhD, University of Wisconsin, 1973, Professor.
Modern drama; performance studies; Caribbean studies

Emily Krasinski, PhD, University of the West Indies, Jamaica, 1989, Professor.
Language acquisition; Creole studies; contrastive analysis

Dannabang Kuwabong, PhD, McMaster University, 1997, Associate Professor.
Creative writing; oral traditions; women’s poetry; diaspora studies

Nalini Natarajan, PhD, University of Aberdeen, 1983, Professor.
19th century British fiction; women’s literature; cultural studies; postcolonial theory

Christopher Olsen, PhD,University of Maryland 2000, Assistant Professor.
Theater history, theory, and criticism; intercultural theater; semiotics; African performance, contemporary British and American theater

Mark Pedreira, PhD, University of Maryland, 1994, Associate Professor.
17th and 18th century British literature; literary criticism; lexicography; textual criticism; rhetoric

Alicia Pousada, PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 1984, Professor.
Language planning; sociolinguistics; comparative language studies.

Yolanda Rivera Castillo, PhD, University of California, Davis, 1994, Professor.
General linguistics; syntax; phonology; Creole languages

Carmen Haydée Rivera Vega, PhD, Northeastern University, 2001, Associate Professor.
Latino/a literature; ethnic literatures of the United States; diaspora and women’s studies

María Cristina Rodríguez, PhD, City University of New York, 1979, Professor.
Caribbean studies; women’s literature; comparative studies in fiction; film theory and literary criticism

María Soledad Rodríguez, PhD, Princeton University, 1988, Professor.
Women’s literature; Caribbean studies; 19th century American literature

Reinhard Sander, PhD, University of Texas, 1979, Professor.
Caribbean studies; African and African-American literature; colonial, 18th and 19th century American literature

Marc Schnitzer, PhD, University of Rochester, 1971, Professor.
Neurolinguistics; psycholinguistics; phonology; contrastive analysis; language acquisition

Michael Sharp, PhD, University of Wisconsin, 1985, Professor.
Romanticism; Victorian literature and ideas; poetry

Alma Simounet, Ed.D, Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, 1987, Professor.
Bilingualism; ethnolinguistics

R. Anthony Slagle, PhD, The Ohio State University, 1998, Associate Professor.
Cultural studies; queer theory and gender studies; postmodern theory; social and political thought; rhetorical theory and criticism

Maritza Stanchich, PhD, University of California Santa Cruz, 2003, Assistant Professor.
20th century US literatures; Caribbean Studies; US Latino studies; cultural studies; postcolonial studies

Richard Swope, PhD, University of West Virginia, 2001, Associate Professor.
20th century American and contemporary fiction; literary criticism and theory

Richard Weinraub, PhD, University of Oregon, 1982, Professor.
Poetry; creative writing; 19th and 20th century literature; 17th century English poetry


Requirements for Admission

Besides the general requirements for admission to graduate studies at the Río Piedras Campus, candidates must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. An undergraduate degree in English language or literature, or its equivalent;
  2. Personal essay on reasons for pursuing graduate studies.

Requirements for Graduation

Cumplir con los requisitos generales para graduación vigentes en el Recinto de Río Piedras. Además, los estudiantes deberán cumplir con los requisitos específicos del programa:

  1. Have a reading knowledge of a third language;
  2. Write a thesis based on research in literature written in English or in English language studies.

Program of Study

Program Requirements


INGL 5005* Seminar in Critical Writing


Courses chosen under guidance (6000 level)


INGL 6900 Comprehensive Exam


INGL 6895 Master's Thessis


INGL 6896 Thessis Continued


Total Credits


*Students who can demonstrate mastery of skills and knowledge of the information covered in this course may be exempted from this requirement. The evaluation criteria are as follows: (1) a grade of A in INGL 3291-92 Research and Composition for the English Major, or equivalent courses, (2) passing a diagnostic examination administered by the English Department.

Description of courses (PDF)


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