Spanish Faculty

José Alberto Portugal
Professor of Spanish Language & Literature
PepsiCo Professorship Chair (941) 487-4458

Ph.D., University of Texas
Bachiller en Humanidades con Mención en Lengua y Literaturas Hispánicas, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

Sonia N. Labrador-Rodríguez
Associate Professor of Spanish Language & Literature (941) 487-4286

M.A., Ph.D., State University of New York-Stony Brook
B.A., University of Puerto Rico

Professor Labrador-Rodríguez’s interests in teaching and research include Afro-Spanish American literature and history of the 19th and 20th centuries, literature written by Cuban slaves, contemporary Caribbean literature and culture and race and nation in Spanish America. She has published several articles about race and the role of intellectuals in Cuba and Puerto Rico.

Charla Bennaji
Instructor, Spanish Language & Literature (941) 487-4733

M.A., University of Houston
B.A., Thiel College

Charla Bennaji teaches elementary and intermediate-level courses in Spanish. She taught previously at the University of Houston.



[Did you know?]

Many New College graduates apply and are accepted into English language teaching programs run by the ministries of Spain, France and Japan. In fact, 25 graduating seniors since 2000 have taught and traveled abroad under these prestigious government grants.

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