José Manuel Batista

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Associate Professor of Spanish
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Spring 2021

Virtual Office Hours

Tuesday & Wednesday 10:00-11:00am, Thursday 5:00-6:00pm, & by appointment


Coordinator of the Undergraduate Certificate Hispanic Literary Studies


Teaching Schedule

SPAN 3208 asynchronous
SPAN 4209 Thursdays 6:30-9:00pm online synchronous

José Manuel Batista is an Associate Professor of Spanish, and an affiliate of both the Africana Studies Department and the Latin American Studies Program. He currently serves as the director of the Hispanic Literary Certificate. Since July 2020, he proudly serves as the World Language Representative of the College Language Association. From 2011 to 2013, he directed the Spanish MA Program. The core of Dr. Batista’s research and teaching interests are Caribbean and Afro-Hispanic literature of the Spanish-speaking world.


Ph.D. Romance Languages, University of Georgia at Athens. Dissertation: “Exposing the Specter of Universality in Early Afro-Hispanic Poetry” (2003)

M.A. Hispanic Literature, University of Georgia at Athens. (1998)

B.A. English Literature, Magna Cum Laude, Manhattan College Phi Beta Kappa (1994)


Associate Professor of Spanish, UNC Charlotte, 2009-Present

Assistant Professor of Spanish, UNC Charlotte, 2003-2009

Specific Research Interests

Afro-Hispanic Literature

Caribbean Thought

Literary / Critical Theory

Spanish American Poetry

Spanish Caribbean Literature


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