Profile

Oscar Santos-Sopena

Program in Latino History and Culture

Oscar Santos-Sopena’s research specialization is the language, culture, history, and literature of XIV - XVI centuries Iberian Peninsula, especially Humanism, Renaissance, and Baroque. He is also interested in studying Medieval and Classical culture, history, and literature at the Mediterranean and Transatlantic thought. As an educator, he holds a very active research agenda in using technology in language, culture, history, and literature higher education courses. He is interested in Online, Blended-Hybrid, and e-Learning courses.

In addition, Santos-Sopena has published book reviews, papers, and related to his current research in scholarly journals. In 2010, he obtained the XXV Ciudad de Monzón Research Award with a project on film and cultural studies, titled Monzón cultural icon: Jaume I and his education, for which he developed a fifteen minutes documentary and study guide focusing on the social, historical, and philosophical connections between Iberian Peninsula cultures (see: http://monzonjaimeconquistador.tumblr.com/).  

He holds a B.A., and M.A., in Foreign Languages and Literatures (English) from Universidad Complutense (Spain), and a M.A., in Spanish Language and Literature from The Catholic University of America (Washington DC). He is pursuing a double doctoral degree: Ph.D., Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture - Comparative and Cultural Studies (May 2013) from University of Maryland - College Park and Ph.D., Literatura hispánica (catalana, gallega, vasca) en el contexto europeo - European and Mediterranean Studies from Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (Spain).

Santos-Sopena is currently a Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) Graduate Lilly Fellow for the 2012-2013 at University of Maryland-College Park, and he is working in a research project evaluating and creating translations materials at the Latino History and Culture Program at the National Museum of American History.