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Dr. Alvaro A. Bernal

Dr. Alvaro A. Bernal
Associate Professor, Head of Foreign Language Department

Alvaro Bernal is an Associate Professor specializing in contemporary Latin American fiction and Cultural Studies.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 2005 and joined Pitt-Johnstown in 2006.  He teaches upper-level language classes as well as courses in Latin American literature and culture.  Professor Bernal is the author of Percepciones e Imagenes de Bogota: expresiones literarias urbanas (Magisterio, 2010).  This book focuses specifically on Bogota, Colombia, whose swift growth in the last decades embodies events, stories, migration trends, and new lifestyles that contribute to the development of the most recent history of the city.  While this project places literature at its core, this study also includes interdisciplinary research that concentrates on the transformation of the city. 

B.A. Universidad Pedagogica Nacional de Bogota (Spanish-English)
M.A. Governors State University (English)
M.A. University of Northern Iowa (Spanish)
Ph.D. University of Iowa (Latin American Literature)

Dr. Bernal's courses:  Spanish for Healthcare Professionals, Literary Translation, Latin American Topics, and Contemporary Latin American Literature.

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