MA (1998), PhD (2002)- Spanish
While Dr. Morales-Díaz was working on the completion of his dissertation he started working as a teaching fellow at Hartwick College. He completed his PhD at UAlbany in 2002 and in 2007 was tenured and eventually became an Associate Professor at Hartwick. He taught Spanish classes at all levels including culture, film and literature as well as courses during the January term in Spain and Puerto Rico. He also taught courses for the Political Science, English, and Sociology departments, served as the coordinator for the minor in Women’s & Gender Studies, and the minor in U.S. Ethnic Studies.
In fall 2008 he took a position at Westfield State College (now Westfield State University) to teach in the Department of World Languages, Multicultural and Gender Studies and in 2010-2011 he was tenured again and promoted to full professor.
Dr. Morales-Díaz has published a book titled Reinaldo Arenas, Caliban and Postcolonial Discourse (Cambria Press, 2009) based on his dissertation and continues to present at conferences, most recently at the Puerto Rican Studies Association in October 2012, which was held at UAlbany.
About his years at UAlbany and his experience in LLC he says. “My experience in LLC was a positive one. It was a period in my life in which I felt the importance of the education I was receiving and what impact it would have in my future career plans. To say that sometimes I refer back to things I learned in the classes I took when I am teaching and use them says it all.”
Dr. Morales-Díaz is currently Professor of Spanish, Ethnic & Gender Studies and Chair of Liberal Studies at Westfield State College in Westfield, MA.