Nery Villanueva

Assistant Professor,  College of Arts & Sciences

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While working at Universal Studios, I learned the whole process of filmmaking — experience that I apply in my film courses.”


My areas of expertise include: Spanish Peninsular Literature, Film Studies, Romance Linguistics, and Performance Studies. I graduated from Columbia University (PhD, 1998; MPhil.,1997); Teachers College/Columbia University (MA,1993), and from California State University, Northridge (BA, 1992).  During the past 16 years, I have taught a wide range of courses in contemporary Spanish literature, Spanish and Latin American cinema, and Introduction to Film. 

Before joining Johnson and Wales in 2015, I taught at different universities across the USA, among them Brown University. Besides my academic preparation, I worked for Universal Studios in Hollywood (Summer 1989-Summer 1992) as an entertainer.

While at Universal Studios, I learned the whole process of filmmaking — experience that I apply in my film courses.

I also have extensive international travel experience presenting papers as well as organizing panel discussions on Spanish literature and film at various international conferences. This professional engaging is part of my research in both fields.

In sum, my scholarly dedication ensues from my conviction that professors must demonstrate the same commitment they expect of their students, that is critical thinking skills, writing ability, outstanding research, and dedication to life-long learning. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Filmmaking


  • Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Espéculo. Reivsta de estudios literarios. No. 48, July 2011. Caballeriza: novela in fieri.
  • Madrid, Spain, Editorial Pliegos (2001). Grandes novelas españolas contemporáneas y su versión cinematográfica

Sample Courses

  • Spanish Literature, 526, Post-Civil War Spanish Literature
  • Spanish Literature, 525, Pre-Civil War Spanish Literature
  • Films Studies, 488, Spanish Films by Women
  • Films Studies, 488, Almodóvar's Filmography
  • Films Studies, 590, Spanish Literature into Film
  • Course on contemporary Spanish films