Alvaro A. Bernal, PhD

Associate Professor, Head of Foreign Language Department

BA Universidad Pedagogica Nacional de Bogota (Spanish-English)
MA Governors State University (English)
MA University of Northern Iowa (Spanish)
PhD University of Iowa (Latin American Literature)

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Alvaro A. Bernal is an Associate Professor specializing in contemporary Latin American fiction and Cultural Studies. He received his PhD 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 imágenes de Bogotá: 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. Dr. Bernal is also the author of the book Bogotá: realidades, delirios y ficciones (2016).

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