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Nicolas J. Toscano

Professor of Spanish
Spanish Coordinator
Languages and Literatures
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Professor of Spanish

Educational Background
B.A., University of Granada, Spain; LL.D., University of Madrid, Spain; Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Dr. Toscano is a former department chair and presently coordinator of the undergraduate Spanish program. He has led the Cadiz Summer Program for over two decades, and also taught in the Sevilla program

A native of Spain, he is a member of the Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española and a corresponding member of the Real Academia de la Lengua Española, which publishes the official Spanish Dictionary and Grammar and hosts international congresses with representatives of all Spanish speaking countries, including the U.S.

He has published books on Fernán González, a medieval hero, a 15th century book on the myth of the Amazones, on Pedro de Medina, a Renaissance navigational theorist, and the early writings of Spanish explorers of the New World, in addition to countless articles on a wide range of authors and literary periods.

He has also edited and published the works of other leading scholars in books and literary journals, including Anuario Medieval, founded in 1987 with partial support from St. John's, and now a monograph series.He teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses, with the philosophy that student and teacher are partners working toward a goal of learning a language and culture that will be useful to the student in a wide range of careers.