Position: Visiting Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies
Location: Henkel 215
Phone: (540) 535-3445
Employed Since: 2016
Ph.D., Spanish (Literature, Cultural Studies), University of Virginia; M.A., Spanish (Literature, Languages), University of Virginia; B.A., Spanish (Literature, Languages), The College of New Jersey Professional Highlights
Fields of Expertise:
- Visual and Material Cultures
- Multilingualism; Masculinities
- Humanist Literary and Social Networks
- Cervantes; Garcilaso de la Vega
- the Spanish Picaresque
- Second Language Acquisition
- Spanish for the Professions
Casey Robert Eriksen joins Shenandoah University from Charlottesville, Virginia. He holds a Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Virginia (panel: E. Michael Gerli; Alison P. Weber; Ricardo Padrón). Eriksen has previously taught, lived, and researched throughout Spain, Mexico, France, Portugal, and Sweden. He has presented scholarly work at regional and international conferences (Porto, Valencia, and elsewhere), and has published articles and chapters with Prosopopeya: revista de crítica contemporánea, the University of Virginia Press, the Universitat de València Press, and elsewhere. His work appears in The Eighteenth Centuries: an Interdisciplinary Investigation (University of Virginia Press, edited by David T. Gies and Cynthia Wall). Eriksen has also collaborated with Enrique Pelaéz Malagón (Universitat de València) in a comparative examination of poetry and religious iconography.
Eriksen received research grants from the Buckner W. Clay Endowment for the Humanities, the Tibor Wlassics Dante Research Fellowship, the University of Virginia, and the Mellon Foundation.
Eriksen has designed and taught a range of courses, including advanced-level translation (Literature/Spanish for Professional Uses), advanced grammar, intermediate language, summer study abroad, and immersion classes. Eriksen has encouraged and mentored his students to take part in research, project-based learning, and has guided students in the publication and revision of translated texts. He has incorporated community-based research into his courses. He has led study abroad (UVA-in-Valencia) and traveled with students throughout Spain. Eriksen has also instructed eight-week immersion language programs at the UVA Summer Language Institute in Charlottesville (Grammar Review and Conversation).
Eriksen is a member of the Asociación Internacional de Hispanistas, Sigma Delta Pi, and the MLA. He has given seminars in teaching pedagogy at the Foro de Profesores de E/LE, in which discussed ways in which to engage students through an examination of burlesque and satirical poetry. He is currently developing a book-length monograph on visual/material cultures and multilingualism in early modern Europe.
Language is a thread that brings together the many expressions of cultural identity. The opportunities for language learning are extensive: from study abroad and cultural immersion, to travel and research, to volunteering and translation. In an increasingly global village, knowledge of the Spanish language is uniquely important, as there are more than 45 million Spanish speakers in the United States. A primary aim of learning Spanish is not merely to communicate, but rather to engage in the language with a degree of cultural sensitivity in the areas of education, business, healthcare, and daily life.
In his free time, Eriksen enjoys volunteering as a translator, gardening, swimming, and traveling to new places.