Professional and Biographical Information


Ph.D., Columbia University (1990)
M.A., Columbia University (1988)
M.A., The Jewish Theological Seminary (1987)
B.A., Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (1984)
A.M. (honorary), Amherst College (1998)

Teaching Interests

Ilan Stavans has taught courses on a wide array of topics such as Spanglish, Jorge Luis Borges, Shakespeare in prison, modern American poetry, Latin music, Don Quixote, Gabriel García Márquez, Modernismo, popular culture in Hispanic America, world Jewish writers, the cultural history of the Spanish language, Pablo Neruda, the history of the Spanish language, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Yiddish literature, Jewish-Hispanic relations, cinema, Latin American art, and U.S.-Latino culture.

Scholarly and Professional Activities

Publisher of Restless Books (2013-)

Co-Founder and Academic Director: Great Books Summer Program (2001- )


Stavans on Spanglish: NPR interview

Stavans on Spanglish: PBS interview

Profile of Stavans in The New York Times

Profile of Stavans in Village Voice

Profile of Stavans in Chronicle of Higher Education

Stavans on Spanglish in Newsweek

Stavans on Immigration in Publishers Weekly

Stavans on American Literature in World Literature Today

Stavans on the Role of the Critic: LATRB interview 

Stavans on the Media in The Believer

Spanglish Translation of Don Quixote

PBS Conversation with Ilan Stavans

Stavans on Publishing in Words Without Borders

Stavans on the Art of Cultural Criticism: ThoughtCast interview

Stavans on Dictionaries: Translation Journal interview

Stavans on Literature and Prayer: AGNI interview

Stavans on Translation, Literary Review interview 


See also: Research Interests, Awards and Honors, and Selected Publications

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