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Citadel News Service
1 Aug 2006

Acclaimed Caribbean writer to teach at The Citadel

The second of two renowned Hispanic novelists will join The Citadel's Modern Languages faculty this month.

Dr. Alan Cambeira has been named visiting assistant professor of Spanish and is well known in both the Caribbean and in the U.S. for his work on Caribbean identity and for his 2001 novel “Azúcar! The Story of Sugar,” which tells of the exploitation of women of the Dominican Republic.

A self-proclaimed independent scholar, Cambeira has previously taught at numerous institutions including Morehouse College, Morris Brown College, the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, and North Carolina Central University. His literature has been the focus of courses taught at Harvard, Purdue, Brown, Syracuse and Duke universities.

"Hiring our second significant Hispanic novelist this year validates the noble efforts of our entire department and especially our Spanish faculty who provide our students a premier program in Hispanic studies. Dr. Cambeira will contribute substantially in this regard," said Mark Del Mastro, head of Modern Languages at The Citadel.

Among Cambeira’s many recognitions is the National Endowment for the Humanities Award, the Presidential Scholars Award, a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, and the Honores Distinguidos Para el Estudio de la Cultura Dominicana for research and scholarship in Caribbean Cultural Studies.

Cambeira has a B.A. in Spanish from Pennsylvania State University, a master's in Latin American and Caribbean Literature from Brooklyn College, and a doctorate in Latin American and Caribbean cultures from Clark Atlanta University. He was born in Samaná, Dominican Republic and immigrated with his family to Barbados, then to New York, and later to Pennsylvania.

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