Nery Villanueva

Associate Professor,  College of Arts & Sciences

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


Nery Villanueva’s areas of expertise include Spanish peninsular literature, film studies, romance linguistics and performance studies. He graduated from Columbia University (Ph.D., 1998; M.Phil.,1997); Teachers College/Columbia University (M.A., 1993), and California State University, Northridge (B.A., 1992). During the past 16 years, he has taught a wide range of courses in contemporary Spanish literature, Spanish and Latin American cinema, and introduction to film. 

Before joining Johnson & Wales in 2015, Villanueva taught at different universities across the United States, among them Brown University. Besides his academic preparation, he worked for Universal Studios in Hollywood (summer 1989-summer 1992) as an entertainer.

While at Universal Studios, he learned the whole process of filmmaking — experience that he applies in his film courses.

Villanueva also has 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 his research in both fields.

Villanueva’s scholarly dedication springs from his conviction that professors must demonstrate the same commitment they expect of their students — 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