Romance Studies Alumni

Ph.D. in Spanish (2017)

While at UNC, Greg was advised by Professor Emilio del Valle Escalante

Currently:

Assistant Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies at Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania

Previously: Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish at Kenyon College

gseveryn@email.unc.edu


Education

Ph.D., Hispanic Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (May 2017)
M.A., Hispanic Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2011)
B.A., Spanish and Justice Studies, Kent State University (2008)

Bio

Greg is a recent Ph.D. graduate with a dissertation titled “The Octopus’s Tentacles: Representations of the United States in Contemporary Central American Narrative (1996-2012),” which concentrates on the frequently contradictory post-war representations of the United States in Central American fictional narratives throughout the Isthmus. Research and interviews for this project were, in part, conducted on-site in Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama.

Greg’s theoretical and critical base, both for the dissertation and otherwise, tends to draw from literary studies, cultural studies, decolonial thought, the social sciences, and gender theory, among others. He has encouraged undergraduate involvement in the local Hispanic community through teaching the service-learning course Spanish for the Professions and Community Engagement, and he has supported undergraduate research by participating as a Graduate Research Consultant for various Hispanic Literature and Cultures major courses.

Greg has previously served the department by acting as Managing Editor for the academic journals Hispanófila and Romance Notes, as well as the NCSRLL monograph series, and he has formerly served as the Graduate Romance Association co-president.

Courses taught:

  • SPAN 101 (Elementary Spanish I)
  • SPAN 102 (Elementary Spanish II)
  • SPAN 105 (Spanish for High Beginners)
  • SPAN 203 (Intermediate I)
  • SPAN 204 (Intermediate II)
  • SPAN 260 (Introduction to Spanish & Spanish-American Literature)
  • SPAN 300 (Advanced Grammar and Composition)
  • SPAN 320 (Spanish for Business)
  • SPAN 329 (Spanish for the Professions and Community Engagement – with APPLES/service-learning SPAN 293)

Publications

  • Severyn, Greg C. “El perdón implícito hacia Estados Unidos en las revoluciones centroamericanas en Cascabel de Arturo Arias y El cielo llora por mí de Sergio Ramírez.” Revista Iberoamericana. Forthcoming.
  • Severyn, Greg C. “Postmemory and Trauma in Causas naturales by Salvadoran Claudia Hernández.” Bulletin of Hispanic Studies. Under Review.
  • Severyn, Greg C. Review of Bruneau, Thomas, Lucía Dammertand Elizabeth Skinner, eds. Maras: Gang Violence and Security in Central America. Austin, TX: U of Texas P, 2011. in A Contracorriente 10.2 (Winter 2013): 402-07.
  • Severyn, Greg C. Review of Caso, Nicole. Practicing Memory in Central American Literature. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. in Hispanófila 167 (January 2013): 107-09.