CEA Barcelona Center Faculty
CEA carefully chooses faculty members according to their expertise in their respective academic fields and upon their proven skills in developing and using active and experiential learning methods in the classroom. All CEA faculty members hold advanced university degrees required for teaching in U.S. institutions of Higher Education. In addition, faculty members undergo a rigorous process of frequent internal evaluation, continual self-assessment and periodic training to ensure that the high teaching standards CEA holds are being consistently met. Each instructor brings to the classroom a rich store of intellectual, professional and cross-cultural experience.
- Xavi Alcón
- John Frederick Anderson
- Angela Soler Beltrán
- Eduard Cantos
- Emilia Castaño, PhD
- Marina Díaz-Cristóbal, PHD
- James Douet
- César Duch, PhD
- Maria Mateu Gonzalez
- Jordi Górriz León
- Michael Kennedy-Scanlon
- María Dolores Hernández Martínez
- Josep Maria (Pep) Inglès
- Andrea Lanaia
- Enric Llorach, PhD
- Adelaida Martín
- James McGlade PhD
- Carles Murillo Mir, PhD
- Alejandro Perez
- Nuria Plaza
- Sonia Priego
- Gregory Allen Proulx
- David Rodriguez-Borras
- Ib Schumacher, PhD
- Jose Ignacio Serrano
- Núria Silvestre
- Karen Smyth, PhD
- Oliver Simon Sutton
- María Trouillhet, PhD
- Stephan van Uijtregt
- Laura Vazquez
- Iolanda Nieves de la Vega
- Ariadna Olivé Vicente
- Ana Martínez, PhD
- Anna Sanchez
- Blanca Alvarez
- Carlos Rivadulla
- Ernesto Rodríguez Pérez
- Hibai López, PhD
- Ignasi Perez, PhD.
- Maydo Arderiu
- Myriam Hikimura
- Olatz Larrea, PhD
- Rosa Brión
- Robert C. Giardina
- Marisa Torres
- Ariadna Fernández Planells PhD
- Beatriz Cabrejas PhD
- Laura Maestu
- Maria Soliña Barreiro, PhD
Xavier "Xavi" Alcón was born in Barcelona but has also lived in Paris, Rome, London, and Milan. He speaks English, French, and Italian besides his mother
tongues of Catalan and Spanish. He graduated from the University of Barcelona with a degree in Philosophy with a dissertation in Cultural Anthropology. After
graduation he left for Milan where he worked for the Spanish Department of The University degli Studi di Milano and Instituto Cervantes of Rome and Milano. He
got his Master's degree in Spanish Language and Culture at The University of Alcalá de Henares in Madrid. Xavier is also involved in the audiovisual world as he
creates art documentaries and video productions and organizes film festivals in Italy and Spain.
John Frederick Anderson
Communication, Studio Arts
John Frederick "Fred" Anderson has a B.A. in Pre-Socratic Greek Philosophy and sixteenth century Chinese History (University of New South Wales, Australia), a
Post Graduate Diploma in Photojournalism (London College of Printing) and an M.A. in Documentary Photography (University College Wales, Newport). He speaks
English and Spanish, and has been based in Barcelona since 2002.
Fred was born in Philadelphia, USA, and has lived and worked all over the world including India, Africa, Asia, the UK and Australia, where he worked on a
cattle station in the Kimberley before starting work as a photographic assistant in 1988. He then worked on a variety of photographic projects including national
and international museum installations, the World Expo '88 in Brisbane, and the Australian Pavilion at the World Expo '92 in Spain. Fred freelanced as a
commercial photographer based in London from 1991 to 1997, travelled in India and South East Asia for two years in 1998/9 working pro bono with the British High
Commission, then lived in Bristol, UK for three years between 2000 and 2002 completing a Master of Arts Degree while teaching A level photography.
Fred created the "reveal" project over a period of two years (from 2000 to 2002) in Bristol. Recent projects include a visual record of abandoned petrol
stations around the South West of England, "what are you doing?" and "Grid". He continues to photograph and exhibit his own fine art projects internationally and
wanders around the Pyrenees whenever he can.
Eduard Cantos was born in Barcelona and has also lived in Bolivia. Besides his mother tongues of Catalan and Spanish, he is fluent in English and French. He
has a B.S. in Chemistry from Universitat de Barcelona, a Master's of International Studies from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and a Post Graduate degree of
management in non-profit organisations (ESADE).
He has devoted most of his career to the NGO sector and currently works in Oxfam Intermón. He also has academic experience teaching Development Studies as a
lecturer since 2003.
Eduard is the author of the book El porqué del Comercio Justo and co-authored Café amargo and Deshaciendo la madeja. He has passion for running and outdoor
sports, especially hiking and mountain biking. He is married to Mariona and has two children, Pau and Oriol.
Emilia Castaño, PhD
Spanish Language & Literature
Emilia is originally from Almería, Andalusia but has lived in Barcelona since 2002. She earned two Bachelor's degrees, one of them in Journalism/Communications
from Malaga University, and the other one in English Language and Literature from Barcelona University. Moreover, she has a Masters degree in Lexis and Linguistic
Communication from Barcelona University and a postgraduate course on TV documentary from Pompeu Fabra University.
Presently, Emilia is preparing her dissertation within the field of cognitive linguistics. She speaks Spanish, Catalan and English. She has taught Spanish as a
foreign language for over 8 years at different international language schools in Malaga and Barcelona and has never abandoned her passion for journalism, music
César Duch, PhD
Business & Professional Studies
César Duch is a bilingual Catalan and Spanish speaker but also speaks English, French, Italian, Portuguese and Czech. He received a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Barcelona (UB) in 1994. His research areas include International Marketing, International Management, Management Across Borders and Business. César has 24 years of teaching experience at several Catalan Universities including Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Universitat de Barcelona (UB), Girona, VIC and Ramon Llull. He has over 10 years of experience in the field of study abroad and has been a guest lecturer in Sweden, France, the Czech Republic, and the US. More specifically, he has been teaching for American study abroad programs in Barcelona for the last four years.
Iolanda Nieves de la Vega
Spanish Language & Literature
Iolanda was born in Barcelona and lived for many years near a place as beautiful as the Sagrada Familia. Besides her mother tongues of Catalan and Spanish, she
also speaks English. She graduated in Hispanic Philology and Catalan Philology from the Universidad de Barcelona and after that she decided to continue studying
and specialize in Business Spanish.
Iolanda has taught Spanish language for foreigners and Spanish training for business at various American study abroad programs in Barcelona and to
multicultural MBA students at IESE Business School.
She has traveled to countries with different languages and cultures and her travels have helped her understand multicultural interaction between languages as a
great treasure that is necessary to know and understand. In her opinion, Barcelona, as a bilingual and cosmopolitan city, offers the best opportunity to all
students to integrate with this diversity.
She loves reading, traveling, discovering new places around the world and especially making new friends.
Marina Díaz-Cristóbal, PhD
Marina Díaz-Cristóbal received her Ph.D. from Tufts University in 2003 as the Prince of Asturias Chair of Spanish History. She also has a B.A. in political
science from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. Before coming to Barcelona, she taught at the Department of Spanish at Tufts and the Department of Hispanic
Studies at University of London (King's College). Her research interests include Spanish intellectual history, modernism, and cultural studies.
Michael grew up in Beirut, Lebanon with occasional years in Providence, Rhode Island. He graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut with a degree in Fine Arts. After two years teaching in an Egyptian secondary school in Cairo and a year in Montpellier, France, he returned to the U.S. and completed an MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language at the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont.
He arrived in Barcelona in 1981 and has taught English in a variety of contexts since then, including specialized English for dentistry and physical therapy students at the International University of Catalonia (UIC), English for computer science students in Sabadell, and business English at various corporations in the Barcelona area. He is currently an associate instructor at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), where one of his courses is aimed at guiding students from all majors towards using English as a professional tool in their respective future workplaces. An avid developer of specialized language learning materials, he is the main author of a series of self-study textbooks for advanced Spanish-speaking learners of English which is soon to be published by the UAB. He is also heavily involved with alumni outreach and career orientation for graduates of the UAB English Department, well-known for his incessant urging that graduates will greatly enrich themselves by spending time living abroad.
His early years in the Middle East stimulated an enduring interest in the culture of the region, which neatly complemented by his presence in Spain has led to the translation of several books from Spanish to English on the history of Islamic Spain.
Outdoors, he enjoys hiking the bleak mountains of southern Catalonia and learning the names of wildflowers in English, Spanish, and Catalan.
Jordi Górriz León
Jordi Górriz was born in Barcelona, and is a Catalan, Spanish and English speaker. He studied Art History at the Universitat de Barcelona (UB) and specialized
in 20th century art. After finishing his degree, Jordi earned a Master's in History, Architecture and Design at the International University of Catalonia (UIC),
where he has been a scholarship researcher for the last four years.
Jordi is currently completing his Ph.D. on the different approaches and projections of the futuristic cities and environments in science-fiction comics. This
unexplored topic, along with other aspects of comics, have been the subject of his lectures given in the Elisava Design School (UPF) and the Universitat de
Although comics are his great passion, in his spare time Jordi also likes traveling, fishing and the typical Catalan pastime of mycology.
María Dolores Hernández Martínez
Spanish Language & Literature
María Dolores (Loli) Hernández Martínez has worked in Berlin as a Spanish teacher for the project "Europa experto en Marketing." She also has trained teachers for examiners of Telc and worked in study abroad with Universitat Pompeu Fabra.
She holds a Bachelor's degree in English Philology from the University of Barcelona. In addition to her mother tongues of Catalan and Spanish, she speaks English and German. Ms. Martinez has travelled to many countries and lived in London.
Born in Barcelona, Ms. Martinez loves reading, cinema, cooking and traveling with her family.
José Ramón Inglés Gairín
Spanish Language & Literature
José Ramón Inglés Gairín was born in the small city of Lleida. He grew up trilingual in Spanish, Catalan, and Patues (a rare language spoken in the Pyrenees
Mountains). This trilingual upbringing inspired him to study and teach languages and culture.
José Ramón holds a BA from Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona and an MA from the University of Barcelona in teaching Spanish as a second language. After
completing his Master's degree José moved to Lyon (France) to work at the university where he completed his research on self-directed learning.
Now, back in his adoptive Barcelona, José Ramón dedicates his time to teaching and learning about language and culture.
Enric Llorach, PhD
Enric Llorach teaches a Master's course, Architecture and Mass Society, at ETSAB UPC and is editor of the UPC architectural review CERCLE. Since 2008, he has lead the Office of Communication at Bru Lacomba Setoain. He has lectured in universities and cultural institutions in the UK, Switzerland, France, Italy and Spain, and has published articles in a number of architectural reviews.
Mr. Llorach graduated from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) with a degree in Architecture. After graduation, he worked for several offices of architecture. In 2007, he earned his Doctorate in Architecture and Arts from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.
Born in Barcelona, Mr. Llorach has also lived in Paris and Madrid. He speaks English and French in addition to his mother tongues of Catalan and Spanish.
Adelaida Martín Bosque
Spanish Language & Literature
Adelaida Martín Bosque teaches Spanish Language & Literature at CEA Barcelona Center. Ms. Martín lived in Italy for five years, where she taught Spanish at both the University of Milan and the Instituto Cervantes. She also has experience in educational training and the creation of materials for teaching Spanish to foreign language students. She also trains teachers at Cálamo & Cran.
While studying her degree in Hispanic Philology, she realized that she wanted to teach Spanish as a foreign language. In fact, she has been teaching since 1998. She earned a Masters Degree in teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language from the University Complutense of Madrid and is currently preparing her doctoral dissertation in Applied Linguistics at the University Pompeu Fabra.
Born in Barcelona, Ms. Martín speaks English, Italian and Catalan. She enjoys travelling, meeting new people and experiencing other cultures.
James McGlade, PhD
James McGlade was born in Scotland and studied Fine Arts in Edinburgh where he obtained an undergraduate and masters degree, subsequently lecturing for a
number of years at Edinburgh College of Art, Heriot Watt University. After moving to Canada, he taught at the University of Guelph and was, for a number of
years, Assistant Professor at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax.
While in Canada, he gained a BA (honors) in Archaeology and Anthropology from Wilfrid Laurier University. James then returned to the UK to complete a Ph.D. in
archaeology at the University of Cambridge. This was followed by successive lectureships at Cranfield University (International Ecotechnology Research Centre)
and University College London (Institute of Archaeology).
In 2005, James moved to Barcelona and currently works as a consultant with an archaeological heritage management company. He is also an Associate Lecturer
with the Open University.
James's research interests focus on two primary areas: a) Mediterranean archaeology, particularly the Iberian Peninsula and b) the evolution and management of
cultural landscapes. When not doing research, James spends his time painting, writing poetry, listening to music and getting out into the landscape. James is an
avid soccer fan and a fanatical follower of Barça.
Ariadna Olivé Vicente
Humanities, Social Sciences
Ariadna Olivé Vicente was born in Barcelona and lived in London for five years. She speaks English and Italian besides her mother tongues of Catalan and
Spanish. Ariadna graduated from the Universitat de Barcelona with a degree in Art History, specializing in 20th Century Art. After graduation, she left for
London and got her Master's degree in Museum Management at the University of Greenwich, while working at the British Museum. Her research focused on the
examination of advantages and drawbacks of staging blockbuster exhibitions in national museums in London.
After finishing her Master's dissertation Ariadna came back to Barcelona where she started working as a researcher and project manager assistant organizing
history exhibitions in Catalunya and at the Picasso museum in Barcelona. She has a passion for Chinese and Japanese cultures and has traveled to many countries
in East Asia.
Ariadna loves reading, going to the cinema, and traveling to see art exhibitions.
Alejandro Perez is a researcher of the visual media (photography, film, video, new media), whose main interests are at the convergence of topics like image and memory, and their relationship with history, culture and politics. He currently us working on his doctorate research about the poetics/politics of memory in Contemporary Visual Arts. He has experience working as a film and TV producer, as a screenwriter for documentary series, and as a free-lance photographer.
Mr. Perez has a Bachelor's Degree in Media Communications (UCAB), a Diploma in Photography (RMTF), a Graduate Certificate in Fine Arts (UB) and a Master's Degree in Aesthetics and Art Theory (UPF). He has participated in numerous workshops on photography, art, and documentary film in Latin America and Spain.
Born in Venezuela, he lived in Paris for three years and has been residing in Barcelona since 2002. Besides his mother tongue of Spanish, he speaks fluent English and French, as well as some Italian and Catalan.
Spanish Language & Literature
Sonia was born and raised in Alcoy, Alicante and graduated from the University of Alicante with a degree in Hispanic Philology. She speaks Spanish, Catalan,
English and some French. After graduation Sonia accepted a job teaching Spanish at a small high school in Massachusetts, which was an unforgettable experience
for her. The two years she spent there helped her to understand the world, and herself, a bit better.
In 2002, Sonia returned to Spain to complete an M.A. in Teaching Spanish as Second Language at the University of Barcelona, which is how she ended up in
Barcelona. Since then, she has been teaching Spanish for various study abroad programs as well as at ESADE Business School.
Outside of the classroom, Sonia enjoys reading, cooking, hiking, and travelling as much as possible.
Ib Schumacher, PhD
Ib Schumacher was born in Aachen (Germany). He speaks English, Spanish, Catalan and obviously his mother tongue German.
Since 1993 he has been living between Barcelona and Berlin. He studied Political Science, History and Journalism at the Universities of Berlin and Hagen. He
received his Ph.D. from the Humboldt University at Berlin in 2006, with a thesis about the role of perceptions and mental images in political contexts with a
case study on Philip IV of Spain. His special research interests include International Relations, Western European Political Systems, and History of Western
Europe and America.
Besides his professional interests he likes travelling, reading and good restaurants.
José Ignacio Serrano
José Ignacio (Pipo) Serrano was born in Barcelona and studied Humanities and Journalism at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC). Although his
family was priming him to follow the family tradition and become doctor, Pipo became interested in radio at the age of fifteen. Since then, he has worked for
many national and local radio stations including RAC1, Punto Radio and Catalunya Radio as a producer, scriptwriter, deputy director and radio presenter. He has
also worked for television (Televisió de Catalunya) as a scriptwriter for "AMF," Catalonia's late night show.
When he's not working, Pipo usually spents his time doing sports likes mountain biking, surfing, and skiing.
Spanish Language & Literature
Núria was born in Barcelona and ever since she was a child she always knew that she would be a teacher, so she studied Education at the University of Barcelona. When she finished her studies, she started working as a teacher and her dream had come true. She continued studying, attending several courses and workshops.
Núria speaks Spanish, Catalan and English. Five years ago, she finished a postgraduate program on teaching languages to adults. In 2002 she taught Spanish in Berlin on a project co-financed by the Berlin Senate. This was a great experience and living in this cosmopolitan city give her the opportunity to know not only another language, but also another culture, history, and way of life. She has taught Spanish Language for foreigners at various American study abroad programs in Barcelona and to multicultural students at Centro Humboldt in Barcelona.
Her hobbies are travelling, playing sports, reading, and acting.
Karen Smyth, PhD
Karen, originally from Northern Ireland, graduated from Trinity College, Dublin (T.C.D.) with an Honors degree in Psychology in 1993. Itchy feet after so much
study inspired her to train as a T.E.F.L. teacher in order to travel. She taught English in Spain for a year before returning to Ireland to work with adolescents
recovering from serious mental illness and then with adults with learning disabilities in Northern Ireland. Curiosity to travel again led her to Malawi, Central
Africa to take up a post as a research psychologist and carry out fieldwork for her doctorate (which explored the patients' and traditional healers' attributions
for mental health problems in Malawi). During her 2.5 years there she taught psychology to Malawian nursing and medical staff. On returning to Ireland as a
doctoral student she lectured in psychology to undergraduate students and gave a variety of seminars and tutorials on psychology and culture, a new area in the
psychology curriculum. She was awarded her Ph.D. in 2002 by T.C.D. and was employed there as a Research Fellow. Her brief was the area of children and culture
with a focus on the experience of refugee women and their children in Ireland from a psychosocial perspective. Meanwhile she met her now husband, a Catalan, who
was living in Ireland and they moved to Barcelona in 2004. Since then, she has been teaching psychology and culture to American study abroad students. She
trained as a life coach with a view to supporting foreigners through the transition to life in Barcelona and is currently training as a psychotherapist with a
special interest in the role of culture in psychotherapy. Her baby son absorbs most of her free time, but in her spare moments she enjoys cooking and yoga.
María Trouillhet, PhD
Literature and Cultural Studies
María Trouillhet works in L´Universitat Pompeu Fabra in PEI. Born in Madrid, her travels have made her much more sensitive to cultural differences and diversity, some of the main points she explores both in her research and in her classes. Cultural differences and Hispanic heritage are also common factors in her work. In her opinion, Barcelona, as a multicultural city is the best place to explore all of these issues.
She received a Master's Degree in Comparative Literature from University of Washington, Seattle and a Doctorate in Hispanic Studies from the University of Illinois, Chicago. Her dissertation dealt with how female characters build their identity through their love relationship with other women within a comparative perspective. She has studied the dialogue between Spanish, Latin American female characters, and Latinas portrayed in narrative from the U.S.
She has traveled extensively and lived in many other countries, including Ireland, France, England and many different parts of the US. In her free time, she enjoys running, cooking, going to a good concert and spending time with friends.
Spanish Language & Literature
Laura was born in Madrid and has a BA in Spanish Literature and an ABD in Language and Literature Education from the University of Barcelona. Apart from her
native language of Spanish she also speaks Catalan, English, and Italian. She is currently writing her Ph.D. dissertation, which focuses on intercultural studies
through Spanish cinema.
Laura is interested in intercultural behavior and loves experiencing and understanding different cultures. For these reasons, she has travelled, lived, and
worked in several countries. She studied in Rome as an Erasmus student and taught Spanish at Washington and Lee University in Virginia.
Laura has taught Spanish for many different multicultural and American study abroad programs in Madrid and Barcelona. She loves cinema, reading and
Carles Murillo Mir, PhD
Dr. Carles Murillo was born in Barcelona. He obtained his Ph.D. in Contemporary Spanish Fiction and a Master’s in Comparative and General Literature from the University of Edinburgh.
Carles taught Spanish literature, language, and culture at the University of Edinburgh for four years. He also has experience teaching in the same fields in Italy (Università Ca’ Foscari, Venice). Recently, Carles taught ‘Anglosaxon Culture’ at the UPF Barcelona as well as English for Business at EUNCET (Escola Universitaria Caixa de Terrassa). Part of his research areas includes the Spanish fiction of the democratic transition.
Carles speaks Italian, English, Spanish, and Catalan. He has lived in other countries such as Canada and The Netherlands. His main hobbies are reading, traveling, watching films, and football.
Political Science, International Relations
Andrea Lanaia is Italian and grew up in Catania, Sicily. After graduating from the University of Catania (Italy) with a degree in Economics and Business in 1998, he left his native island heading for another island this time – Ireland. While in Ireland, he worked for United Airlines until 2002. His job offered him the opportunity to travel to several far flung countries. This awoke in him the curiosity to deepen his knowledge of world affairs and nurtured his interest in the dynamics of international exchange.
In 2003, Andrea moved to Barcelona where he obtained an M.A. in International Relations and European Integration from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain). He is currently in the process of completing his Ph.D. dissertation on Climate Change Policy in the EU. He also works as a Research Assistant at the at the Institut Universitari d’Estudis Europeus participating in several research projects based on environmental governance and institutional analysis.
Andrea has a keen interest in languages, and is able to speak English, Spanish, French and Catalan. His hobbies include travelling, reading, cinema and outdoor sport activities.
Maria Mateu Gonzalez
Maria Mateu grew up in Lleida and moved to Barcelona in 1994. She has an M.A. in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University of Boston, Massachusetts, a B.A. in Journalism from Universitat Autonoma of Barcelona, and a post graduate degree in International Development from the same University.
She worked in the international development field, and during this time, she traveled extensively in Africa. She has also worked with diverse immigrant populations in Barcelona as a social educator, teacher, and researcher. Currently, she is doing intercultural research and training.
Maria loves experiencing and learning different cultures, as well as engaging with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. She spent a year in Tanzania, Africa studying Swahili language and culture. Besides Catalan and Spanish, she speaks English, French, and Kiswahili.
Angela Soler Beltrán
Angela Soler Beltrán was born in Alicante but has lived in Catalunya for thirty years. She attended the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) where she obtained a degree in Journalism. After graduating, she worked for various publications specializing in the areas of culture and beauty. In addition, Angela has also worked in France (Borgoña) as a Spanish teacher.
Angela is the author of Donde me lleva el agua (Where the water takes me) which is a book with a collection of 13 stories about love, indifference, and motherhood. As a singer-songwriter, she has released two albums, No me Basta (Not Enough) and Lágrimas de Menta (Mint Tears). She also regularly performs her music and poetry.
She speaks Spanish, Catalan, French, and English. She loves the cinema, art exhibitions, literature, and traveling to discover other cultures. In addition, she is writing another book.
Gregory Allen Proulx
Gregory (Greg) Allen Proulx was born in Chicago, IL (USA). He has vast teaching experience in English for Academic Purposes, Cross Cultural Communication, Composition, English for Special Purposes, and Developmental Writing, among other courses, in Barcelona, San Francisco, Chicago, Hiroshima (Japan), and Macomb, IL. Living and working in seemingly disparate cultures as Asia and Europe, as well as California has afforded Greg the experience and background to be especially effective in assisting students with understanding cross-cultural issues in global communication and applying that understanding toward future career endeavours.
Greg earned an M.S. in Education from Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL and a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Illinois, Chicago. Greg has post graduate studies in Human Recourses Management and Training from the University of California Extension (San Francisco, CA), as well as a Certificate in Non-profit Management from the University of San Francisco. He is a native English speaker and also speaks Spanish, Catalan, and some Japanese. Greg lived in Barcelona from 1987 – 1995 and returned in 2005.
Greg’s interests include noire films from the fifties, cycling the Mediterranean coast, Patrick O’Brian novels, and playing the guitar.
Spanish Language & Literature
Nuria Plaza was originally born in Madrid but has lived in Barcelona since 1992. Before moving, she graduated from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid with a degree in Hispanic Philology, afterwards working as
a Spanish Language & Literature Professor for the University of California Abroad Program.. She then
received a Certificate of Investigative Sufficiency (Master’s Thesis - Spanish Language and Literature) from the University of Barcelona, and is now finishing her doctorate in Philology. Her doctoral dissertation focuses on 17th century Spanish Literature.
In addition to teaching at CEA Barecelona Center, Nuria teaches Spanish Literature, Spanish History and Spanish Language at the University of Barcelona. Outside of Spain, however, she has taught courses in both Copenhagen and Stockholm.
Nuria enjoys applying her love of teaching in more ways than one. Currently, she sits as an active member of Asociación para la Enseñanza del Español como Lengua Extranjera (ASELE), Grupo de Investigación Prolope (Autonomous University of Barcelona) and Seminario de Estudios Teatrales (Grupo de Investigación de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid). As if this wasn’t enough, Nuria also has researched and published various
articles about teaching Spanish Literature from the 16th and 17th
centuries (theatre - Miguel de Unamuno, Eduardo Mendoza).
David Rodríguez-Borràs teaches microeconomics for CEA, and has taught International Business for CEA in the past. With more than 10 years of experience teaching economics to undergraduate and graduate level college students, he also teaches at Pompeu Fabra University and at the Open University of Catalonia. Mr. Rodríguez-Borràs currently works as a registered economist, assisting companies, corporations, nonprofits and public institutions regarding economic issues. He has previously worked as an economist at the Economic Research Unit at the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce and the Institute of Economic Analysis.
His research interests have fluctuated between economics, and political and social sciences. For that reason he has completed the doctoral programs of both fields and is currently working on a thesis that tries to merge both perspectives, dealing with immigration, entrepreneurship and productivity. He holds a Master's Degree in Economic Analysis from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and a Master's Degree in Political and Social Sciences from Pompeu Fabra University. He also has a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Business at Pompeu Fabra University and has authored several academic articles and chapters of books, as well as research and policy reports.
Born in Barcelona, Mr. Rodríguez-Borràs is fluent in Catalan, Spanish and English. He also speaks some German. Outside of the classroom, he is interested in outdoor sports and scuba diving. He enjoys participating in the 10k running races that are often organized in the Barcelona area. Mr. Rodríguez-Borràs is an active blogger and member of the organizing team of the Catalan Blogs Award.
James Douet's experience lies with the examination and documentation of the built heritage, especially that of industrialization, developing conservation programs and museum projects. He edits the quarterly Bulletin of TICCIH, the International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage, and tries not to go to too many conferences.
He has a joint honors degree in Geography and Geology, and a Master's in Industrial Archaeology from the Ironbridge Institute in Great Britain. He has studied architectural conservation at ICCROM in Rome and most recently obtained a Post-Graduate degree from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Territorial Studies using Geographical Information Systems.
An Englishman who has lived in Barcelona since 1996, Mr. Douet works in Catalan and English and chats in Spanish and French.
Oliver Simon Sutton
Oliver Simon Sutton has taught “Brand Barcelona: Marketing the Global City” since October 2011. He has more than 10 years of teaching experience, principally in the fields of English language and English for academic purposes. During this time, he has acquired a great deal of experience and skill in employing experiential learning techniques with multinational classes of young people in a variety of different countries. Learner autonomy and guiding students to make discoveries for themselves has been central to his teaching practice, as well as creating a dynamic and stimulating learning environment.
In the 1990’s, Mr. Sutton's main area of academic interest was philosophy, and he was awarded an MPhil from the Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) for his thesis entitled Beyond the Language of Metaphysics; A Joint Analysis of Wittgenstein and Heidegger. In the last 10 years, he has become increasingly interested in the relations between the processes of globalization, capitalism and social and cultural transformation. In 2005, he received an Master's Degree in Globalization, Cooperation and Development from the University of Barcelona (Spain). Oliver received his Bachelor's Degree in Politics and Philosophy from Manchester Polytechnic (UK) in 1991.
As well as his mother tongue of English, he speaks Spanish fluently and his Catalan is improving! His principal non-academic interest is his band, for which he is the singer and plays electric guitar. He was born in the UK and grew up between London and the West Country. He came to Barcelona in 1999, after having traveled around Spain several times in the 1990’s.
Stephan van Uijtregt
Stephan van Uijtregt teaches Sport and Culture at CEA Barcelona Center. He also lectures on Sports Management at several universities in Barcelona, including the European University and United International Business Schools. In addition to teaching, he runs his own consulting company that is specialized in sports innovation. Stephan has been involved in numerous innovation projects for elite athletes or sports teams both in the Netherlands and Spain and is co-founder of Inesport, the spanish platform for innovation in the sports industry.
Originally from Eindhoven (The Netherlands), Mr. van Uijtregt earned his Master's Degree in Industrial Engineering & Management Science from Eindhoven University of Technology. He is fluent in Dutch, Spanish, English, and German and also has a working knowledge of Catalan, Italian and Portuguese.
Apart from enjoying his family, Mr. van Uijtregt also likes spending time with friends, reading, and travelling. He is a self-described fanatic about sports, particularly cycling, swimming and soccer, and enjoys endurance sports like running, cycling or triathlon.
Ana Martínez, PhD
Linguistics & Education
Ana works as the Academic Director of CEA Barcelona Programs and teaches the CEA course Second Language Acquisition: Theory and Practice of Teaching and Learning. As Academic Director, Ana reviews the curriculum and coordinates the development of new courses, reviews and maintains consistency of academic policies and practices, oversees the resolution of all important student academic issues, and provides support to faculty to guarantee academic excellence.
Prior to joining CEA, Ana worked with another study abroad organization as a resident coordinator and faculty member. She's also held several university positions: Assistant Director of the Advanced Spanish Language Program at Georgetown University (Washington D.C.), Teaching Associate at Georgetown University and Universidad Antonio de Nebrija (Spain), and Teaching Assistant and Director of the Spanish House at Middlebury College (Vt.). Ana earned her Ph.D. in Spanish Applied Linguistics at Georgetown University, which also conferred to her a Master of Science in Linguistics. She also holds a Master of Arts in Teaching Spanish as a Second Language from Universidad Antonio de Nebrija and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Philology from Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain).
Ana first travelled to Dublin, Ireland in high school and subsequently studied in London for four months. She also spent her senior year of college studying in Pisa, Italy and completed her graduate studies in Washington, D.C. She loves travelling and believes that understanding the world from different perspectives is the one of the most enriching lessons that students can learn while living abroad.
Anna graduated from Pompeu Fabra University (Spain) with a degree in Political Science and Public Administration. While an undergraduate, she studied abroad at the Università Degli Studi Rome III (Italy) and at the University of Toronto (Canada). In 2007, Anna earned a postgraduate degree in E-Government and Public Management in Information Technology Society from Pompeu Fabra University. In 2012, she obtained a master's in Leadership and Personal Development from the Economics Department at the University of Barcelona.
Anna began working at CEA in October 2013, but her professional career has always been closely linked to the international education field. She began working as an intern in the Study Abroad Office at Pompeu Fabra University. Later, she served at the Council of International Educational Exchange (CIEE) where she led the Academic Administration Department of its Barcelona Center for seven years. In 2008, Anna was a visiting staff member at the Division of Overseas Studies of Georgetown University (U.S.) and in 2009, she interned at the Educational Office of the Consulate General of Spain in San Francisco, California. At present, Anna collaborates as a guest lecturer in the Study Abroad Program at Universitat Autònoma of Barcelona.
Anna was born in Cambrils, a Mediterranean town located in the south of Catalonia, and has travelled through Europe, North America, and North Africa. She loves the sea and hopes her next destination will be somewhere in Southeast Asia, perhaps Thailand. Her advice for prospective international students is to "keep an open mind and never stop being curious!"
Anna Fuchs is a psychologist, communication trainer, and coach. She delivers intercultural, personal, and management skills training, as well as expat and career coaching, in social, educational, and economic fields. Her work combines the methods and models of intercultural communication and the communication psychology of the well-known German Psychologist Prof. Schulz von Thun. She is the coordinator and contact person for his institute within Spain. Originally from Germany but living mainly in Barcelona, Anna Fuchs is a board member of SIETAR Spain (Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research).
Committed to education and research, Anna Fuchs is an active congress speaker and lecturer at the EAE Business School Barcelona and the Institute of Communication & Leadership in Lucerne, Switzerland. She holds certificates in communicational psychology, resource-orientated networking, group leading (TCI), and conflict moderation.
In addition to her native language of German, Anna is fluent in Spanish and English and offers training in all three languages. She also understands Catalan.
Marisa Torres was born in Tui, Northern Spain. She graduated with a Master in Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in New York and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Universidad Complutense in Madrid.
Marisa is a multidisciplinary artist who works in drawing, installation, and photography. Her work has been exhibited in Canada, the U.S., Denmark, Australia, South Korea, and Spain, and reviewed in catalogues and international publications. She recently completed a public art project in Barcelona (Murs Lliures, 2014) and has exhibited at the Brooklyn Art Library in New York, NauArt Gallery in Barcelona, and Siena Art Institute in Italy, among other venues.
Marisa studied abroad multiple times in the U.S. and England while attending high school and college. After graduation, she spent two years in Canada, where she focused her artistic research on photography. In 1996, she received the Barrie Foundation’s Fellowship for Graduate Studies in the USA and moved to New York to complete her MFA; she ended up living and working in the city for thirteen years. Besides English, Marisa is fluent in Italian. She is passionate about contemporary art in all its expressions, and loves cinema and literature.
Spanish Language & Literature
Blanca was born in Salamanca, Spain, where she graduated from the University of Salamanca in English Philology and Art History. After finishing her degrees, she pursued further education in Barcelona, where she earned a master’s in Art and New Media Curatorship at ESDI (Barcelona), qualification issued by Ramon Llull University.
Before Blanca started working at CEA, she worked freelance in the cultural world for institutions such as Arts Santa Monica (Barcelona) and in the studio of the international artist Antoni Muntadas. She also taught Spanish to foreigners and designed cultural activities to connect them to Spanish culture.
Her main interests lie in all the expressions of the artistic and cultural worlds, reading, cinema, and international travel, whenever she has the chance. Blanca also likes to design and curate art exhibitions, a hobby she combines with her present job.
Business & Management
Carlos was born in Lleida, Spain. He graduated from the University of Barcelona with a degree in Business Law and earned his master’s in Law/Intellectual Property and Business from Columbia University (NY). While in New York, he worked at the World Intellectual Property Organization.
Carlos is passionate about teaching business and intellectual property and regularly teaches at several Spanish universities. In addition to having his own legal practice where he assists entrepreneurs and start-ups with matters of intellectual property, he is also an entrepreneur and founded his own innovative company, Ecofrego, in 2010. His hobbies include learning, soccer, Ted Talks, discussing a range of different topics, and simply enjoying life. Carlos speaks English and French, in addition to his native Spanish and Catalan.
Ernesto Rodríguez Pérez
Spanish Language & Literature
Ernesto was born in Barcelona. In addition to his native Spanish, he also speaks English. Ernesto graduated from the University of Barcelona with a degree in Spanish philology. He has been teaching Spanish for foreigners since 2007, with experience in both one-to-one and group classes. He’s taught at International House Barcelona, Universitat Abat Olib CEU, and Hochschule Augsburg. Ernesto has also written Spanish educational materials for language learners. His hobbies include writing, reading books, drawing, playing banjo, travelling abroad, and getting to know new cultures around the world.
Hibai López, PhD
Hibai López-González was born in Bilbao, Spain. In addition to his native Spanish and Basque, he speaks English and Catalan and has studied Arabic. Hibai graduated from Basque Country University with a BA in Media Studies in 2005 and got his MA in Public Communication from the University Pompeu Fabra (UPF) in 2009. He’s currently working on his Ph.D. at UPF, where his research focuses on media sport consumption and the intersection between media companies, sport institutions, organizations, and fans. He’s published peer-reviewed papers in The Journal of the Philosophy of Sport and the International Review for the Sociology of Sport, as well as attended international conferences on the topic.
In 2014, Hibai began teaching the course Global Marketing and Culture of FC Barcelona in UPF’s Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP). He has more than five years of experience teaching Corporate Communication and PR at an undergraduate level. In his free time, he enjoys staying up late to watch NBA and NFL post-season games, spending time by the sea, or reading a book in a distant, natural hideout.
Ignasi Perez, PhD.
Ignasi was born in Barcelona. In addition to his native Catalan and Spanish, he also writes and speaks English and Italian. He earned his undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of Barcelona and his Ph.D. with European Honors from the University of Florence and the University of Barcelona.
Igansi has 10 years of teaching experience at the University of Barcelona and the University of Florence, and a combined total of seven years of experience working with study abroad students at Knox College (Illinois), IES Abroad, BIC, European University, and CEA. He’s taught a wide variety of courses including Political Science, Comparative Politics, Politics in Spain, Sports and Society, Globalized Economy and Migrations, and Exploring Europe.
He is an official member of the Tourist Guide Association of Catalonia and ERGOMAS (European Research Group for Local European Administration and Security Studies). Ignasi has lived abroad in the United Kingdom, Cuba, Italy, and the Czech Republic. His hobbies include reading, watching documentaries, traveling, and gastronomy.
Maydo has more than fifteen years of experience as a Human Resources Manager in both multinational and family companies in various activity fields.
She graduated from the University of Barcelona with a degree in Psychology and completed her post-graduate in Labor Relations and Social Security at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Maydo has a Master’s in Human Resources Management from EADA, a Master’s in Coaching from IRCO-PNL, and completed the International Faculty Development Program from IESE Business School.
Maydo combines her experience in academics, multinationals, and consultancy as the Partner Director and Executive Consultant on people management at Maydo Arderiu & Associates. She also speaks five languages.
In her free time, Maydo enjoys reading literature, writing, and traveling around the world.
Business & Finance
Myriam was born in Mexico. In addition to her native Spanish, she also speaks English. She earned her undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from Tec de Monterrey (Mexico) and her MBA in Marketing from EGADE (Mexico). She has a Master’s in Research with a focus in Marketing from the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (Spain), where she is currently a Ph.D. candidate. Her thesis explores the relationships between customer orientation, job satisfaction, job commitment, and service quality.
Myriam has been teaching International Marketing, International Finance, and International Business since 2006. She also has experience working with various study abroad programs; in addition to CEA, she has worked with the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona and IES. She teaches regular bachelor and graduate program courses at Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona and Universidad Abierta de Cataluña (UOC). Her hobbies include traveling abroad, getting to know new cultures around the world, and spending as much time as she can with her daughter.
Olatz Larrea, PhD
Olatz was born in Bilbao, in the Basque Country. In addition to her native Spanish, she also speaks Basque, Catalan, English, and German. She earned her Ph.D. in Social Communication from the University Pompeu Fabra (Spain), where she also earned her master’s degree in the same field. Her BA is in Journalism from the University of Navarra (Spain). Olatz has a very keen interest in Media Psychology, examining voice perception on radio and TV, analyzing the cognitive processes of mediated messages, and human response to media exposure. She has conducted a wide range of research on the measurement of media impact on audiences through experimental methods.
Olatz has worked as a radio presenter and program editor for Cadena Ser, as well as other national radio stations. She has been teaching radio and public speaking techniques at University Pompeu Fabra since 2009, as well as teaching postgraduate and master students at different institutions.
As a graduate student, she spent a year at Columbia University (Missouri) and was a visiting researcher and lecturer at the University of Glasgow (Scotland). In her free time, she enjoys travelling abroad, getting to know new cultures, surfing the internet and social media, spending time with friends and family, windsurfing, and watching series or movies.
Spanish Language & Literature
Rosa Brión was born in Galicia, Spain, where she earned a degree in English Studies at the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela. She is bilingual in Spanish and Galician, and proficient in English, German, and Catalan.
She is currently writing her Ph.D. thesis on institutional discourse on gender violence at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Spain). She holds a degree in German Studies from Heidelberg Universität (Germany), a postgraduate master’s degree in Theoretical Linguistics from the University of Reading (U.K.), and has been a Spanish lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley (U.S.), appointed by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Besides teaching Spanish at a study abroad program since 2004, Rosa is an associate professor at Universitat de Barcelona (UB). She is also a member of the UB Didactics Innovation Group Didal, conducting research on the use of digital portfolios in language learning.
She has given presentations and co-published articles on several topics related to language teaching/learning. Rosa is an avid movie-goer, a devoted cook and food explorer, and enjoys water-related sports.
Robert C. Giardina
Robert C. Giardina was born in the Greater Philadelphia area, USA, in 1963. He has an International Masters in Conflict Resolution from Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, and a BS from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, majoring in Food Marketing and English. He is a freelance trainer and teacher in Intercultural Relations, Conflict Resolution, and Business English and Communication for CEA, the University of Barcelona, EAE Business School, and University of Tourism Sant Ignasi, as well as private clients such as Sara Lee, Bayer, Motorola, and Wrigley. He is an Intercultural Consultant for Crown Relocation, Intercultures, Berlitz Consulting, and Brookfield.
Previously, he directed a non-profit organization in the US food distribution sector.
He is a founding board member of SIETAR Spain (Society for Intercultural Education, Training and research) and was President of SIETAR Europa in 2009-10.
Robert enjoys reading, music, cooking, travelling. He is a native English speaker and fluent in Spanish.
Ariadna Fernández Planells PhD
Ariadna Fernández Planells was born in Valencia, Spain, and has been based in Barcelona since 2004. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Valencia University and Pompeu Fabra University and a master’s degree in public communication. She also holds a Ph.D. in social communication from Pompeu Fabra University. She has been a visiting research fellow at Cardiff University in the UK and at Lima University in Peru.
Ariadna previously worked as a journalist for Spanish Public Television. In 2010, she started working as a lecturer at Pompeu Fabra University where she is currently teaching modules related to social media, digital journalism, broadcast television and convergence media. She has also been teaching master’s students from Polytechnic University of Valencia and from Catalan Union of Journalists. Over the years she has tried to develop innovative and engaging approaches to teaching that encourage participation among students.
Her current research focuses on the communication practices of the new wave of networked social movements, specifically the 15M Movement in Spain (also known as Spanish Indignados) and the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong. Although her primary area of research is media studies, she has broad expertise in social movement studies, critical internet studies and sociology of communication. She is involved in national and European research projects studying active audiences, social movements and convergence media, among others.
Ariadna loves traveling abroad and developing an understanding of different cultures around the world, including Peru, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and many European and Easter countries.
Beatriz Cabrejas PhD
Beatriz Cabrejas was born in Salamanca, Spain. She graduated with a degree in psychology from the University of Salamanca in June 2005. She continued her postgraduate and Ph.D. studies, researching eating disorders through the university’s Psychiatry and Medical Psychology departments, and then studied alcohol consumption among college students. From 2009 to 2013, Beatriz’s Ph.D. work resulted in the publication of a scientific article, several book chapters, and communications in psychology and psychiatry congresses, until she presented her thesis Personal Control and Beliefs in Young People: Alcohol Consumption Among College Students.
While developing her Ph.D. thesis, she collaborated with the Psychiatry and Medical Psychology departments and taught health sciences students. She also carried out clinical fieldwork, providing cognitive-behavioral therapy to college students in the Mental Health Care Unit of the Social Issues Service at the University of Salamanca, and collaborated with the psycho-oncology section of the Clinic Hospital of Salamanca, among other health sciences’ institutions, to increase her coaching and training experience.
In 2014, her academic career drove her to the International University of Catalonia (UIC) in Barcelona, where she currently works as an assistant professor at the Medicine department in the School of Medicine and Health Science. She is an academic tutor and in charge of the sixth year of the department’s clinical rotations evaluation. Beatriz also teaches psychology to health sciences students, and collaborates with the Medical Education Unit on research projects.
Beatriz enjoys being outdoors, traveling abroad, meeting new people, and learning about ideas, perceptions and different cultures around the world.
As an academic advisor in Barcelona, Laura’s role is to advise students regarding academic matters and to give support to faculty and academic staff in Barcelona She coordinates the logistics for field studies, visits of guest speakers, library loans, student evaluations, and special accommodations for students. In addition, she will be teaching Spanish at the CEA Study Center.
Laura was born and raised in Barcelona and speaks Spanish, English and Catalan. She holds a bachelor’s degree in tourism from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and a master’s degree in teaching Spanish as a second language. She has extensive experience teaching Spanish as a foreign language in London, where she has lived for four years. She has worked in the study abroad field as an academic coordinator for more than five years.
Laura loves working in international environments because she can learn something new about other cultures every day. During her spare time she likes cycling around the city and enjoying the weather in Spain.
Maria Soliña Barreiro, PhD
Maria Soliña Barreiro (1982, Sarria-Lugo) earned a Ph.D. in social communication at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra with a thesis entitled "The obsessive look: Time experience in 20’s European avant-garde cinema (2011)." Besides teaching journalism and creative documentary at the Tecnocampus and Universitat Pompeu Fabra, her research activity is related to documentary and avant-garde cinema.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism at Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, a history degree at the Universitat de Barcelona and a master’s degree in communications at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Maria Soliña Barreiro has also studied journalism at the University of Paris VIII. Her native languages are Galician and Spanish, but she also speaks fluently in French, English and Catalan, and has basic language skills in German and Portuguese. Mª Soliña Barreiro enjoys cinema, literature and exploring the countryside.