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MJHorswell Michael J. Horswell, PhD

is Dean of the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters at Florida Atlantic University. The College of Arts and Letters houses 16 academic programs which offer 22 bachelor's degrees, 17 minors, 12 certificate programs and 19 graduate degree including a PhD in Comparative Studies, with more than 4000 majors and 400 graduate students enrolled. The College features award winning authors, Guggenheim Fellows, Lannan Foundation Fellows, Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award winners, O. Henry and Pushcart award receipts, Fulbright scholars, Royal Historical Society Fellows, Woodrow Wilson Society Fellows, Grammy award nominations, and critically acclaimed artists and performers.

Dr. Horswell earned his Ph.D. in Latin American literature at the University of Maryland, College Park. He also holds a MA in Spanish from Middlebury College in Vermont, and a BA in Spanish and Business Economics from Wofford College in his native South Carolina. Dr. Horswell specializes in the literature and culture of the colonial period as well as indigenous literatures of the Andes. In addition to pursuing graduate studies in Spain and Argentina, he studied Andean culture and the Quechua language for two summers at the Bartolomé de las Casas Research Center in Cuzco, Peru (1995-1996) and has spent seven summers doing limited fieldwork with native Quichua speakers in Ecuador (2001-  2007, 2010). Before becoming the Dean of the College, Dr. Horswell served as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies (2012-2017) and Chair of the Department of Languages, Linguistics and Comparative Literature (2008-2012).  

His first book, Decolonizing the Sodomite: Queer Tropes of Sexuality in Colonial Andean Culture (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2005), focused on indigenous gender and sexuality as tropes used in the representation of the conquest and colonization of the Americas. His interest in the confluence of sexuality and culture in the Hispanic world has led to two recent collections of essays co-edited with Dr. Nuria Godón, Sexualidades Periféricas. Consolidaciones literarias y fílmicas en la España de fin de siglo XIX y fin de milenio (Madrid: Fund amentos, 2016) and the special issue of the  Journal of Language and Sexuality on the theme of "Transnational Discourses of Peripheral Sexualities in the Hispanic World" (Vol. 5, no. 2: 2016).  Dr. Horswell has also published articles and book chapters on important literary figures such as Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala and el Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Latin American cinema and the Baroque in the Americas, including two recent volumes, one co-edited with  Luis Duno-Gottberg, Sumergido-Submerged: Alternative Cuban Cinema (Houston: Literal Publishing, 2013) and Baroque Projections: Images and Texts in Dialogue with the Early Modern World , co-edited with Frederic Conrod. (Delaware: Juan de la Cuesta, 2016). His recent article in Romanic Review, "Negotiating Apostasy in Vilcabamba: Titu Cusi Yupanqui Writes from the Chaupi" (2012) is related to his new book project on Andean indigenous and mestizo writers from the colonial period tentatively titled, Desiring Pizarros and Incas: Comparative Andean Affects and the Writing of Conquest. 



lautarRebecca Lautar, MM

is an Associate Dean for the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. Rebecca Lautar, Professor of Music, joined the Music Department at Florida Atlantic University in 1989. She served as Music Department Chair from 2011-2020, and was appointed as Associate Dean of Faculty, Enrollment Management and Logistics in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters in 2020. She is an active concert violinist, and performed as a tenured member of the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra from 2000-2020. She has also performed in numerous recitals at Florida Atlantic University, including as a member of the FAU Chamber Soloists, and has appeared as a soloist with the FAU University Symphony. She teaches applied violin and viola, as well as string pedagogy and methods for music education majors. She received a Master of Music with Distinction from Indiana University, where her teachers included Mimi Zweig and Franco Gulli.


Barclay Barrios

Barclay Barrios, PhD

is an Associate Professor of English, is an Associate Dean for the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. Previously, he served as the Director for the Center for Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Director of Writing Programs for the department of English. He received his PhD from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, where he also helped to direct the writing program. His research focuses on writing program administration, digital media, pedagogy, and computers and composition and he is the author of the freshman composition reader Emerging: Contemporary Readings for Writers (Bedford / St. Martin's, 2013).  As an Associate Dean for Arts and Letters, he manages the college's certificate programs and interdisciplinary majors, oversees Student Academic Services, and coordinates the college's assessment and credentialing endeavors.



Eric bEric Berlatsky, PhD

is Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Director of the Comparative Studies Ph. D. Program and Professor of English.  Previous to his current position, he was Chair of the Department of English for 6.5 years.  He is the author of  The Real, The True, and The Told: Postmodern Historical Narrative and the Ethics of Representation (Ohio State UP. 2011) and the editor of Alan Moore: Conversations (UP of Mississippi, 2012).  He has published articles on the fiction or comics of Charles Dickens, Joe Siegel and Jerry Shuster, Virginia Woolf, Milan Kundera, Paul Auster, Graham Swift, Art Spiegelman, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, Hanif Kureishi, and Posy Simmonds.  He has co-published work on race and the superheroes Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan, Black Lightning, Moon Girl, and Spider-Man with Sika Dagbovie-Mullins.  Their co-edited collection, Mixed-Race Superheroes, is forthcoming from Rutgers UP.  He lives at home with his wife, two daughters, two cats, guinea pig and hermit crab.  He also likes the Mets.


Aimee2Aimee Arias, PhD

is an Associate Dean for the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. Dr. Arias received her Ph.D. in International Studies from the University of Miami in 2001. She was formerly the Associate Director of the Miami European Union Center, serving also as an editor, research associate, and program consultant. Dr. Arias' interests include comparative politics and international relations, particularly in the areas of Europe and Latin America. She has published several works including “European Union External Relations with the Andean Community: A Governance Approach,” in Joaquín Roy and Roberto Domínguez (eds.), The European Union and Regional Integration: A Comparative Perspective and Lessons for the Americas (U of Miami, 2005); “La Convención Europea: ¿Una Constitución para Europa?” in Alejandro Chanona, Roberto Domínguez, and Joaquín Roy (coordinators), La Unión Europea y el TLCAN (México: UNAM, 2003); “La institucionalidad del MERCOSUR,” in Roberto Domínguez Rivera, Joaquín Roy, and Rafael Velázquez Flores, Retos e Interrelaciones de la integración regional: Europa y América (México: Plaza y Valdés, 2003); and with Joaquín Roy, “ Spain and Portugal : Partners in Development and Democracy,” in Eleanor E. Zeff and Ellen B. Pirro (eds.), The European Union and the Member States: Cooperation, Coordination and Compromise (Lynne Rienner, 2001); and España y Portugal en la Unión Europea (México: UNAM, 2001).


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Michael J. Horswell, Professor, Spanish and Latin American Literature
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Taina Teran-Campbell
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Associate Dean
Rebecca Lautar, Professor, Music
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Aimee Arias, Associate Professor, Political Science
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Barclay Barrios, Associate Professor, English
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