Director & Faculty

Our academic faculty is specially chosen among teachers and researchers in some of the world’s leading universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, University College London, the London School of Economics, Yale, Harvard, Columbia, New York University, University of California, Berkeley, the Sorbonne, Universitat de Barcelona, Universidad de Salamanca, and Pompeu Fabra. Every year our faculty is full of Rhodes, Gates, Marshall, and Fulbright Scholars, enabling enabling our students to work with an array of elite academics.

Our creative workshop courses are taught by full-fledged professionals – acclaimed writers and poets, filmmakers, photographers, and actors – all selected for their talent, their varied experiences in their disciplines, their enthusiasm, and above all their ability to inspire our students.

Led by these outstanding individuals, whose work is thoroughly evaluated after every summer, and operating in small, seminar-style classes, our courses immerse students in subjects about which they are passionate while helping them uncover the spectacular sites and cultures in which they are living.

 

La Academia de Barcelona Director

 Director, Trisha Baca

Trisha returns for her eleventh summer with Oxbridge and her second as Director. She has over sixteen years of experience teaching all levels of Spanish. For the past eight years she has taught at the School of the Holy Child in Rye, New York, and chaired the Language Department for the past five years.

 

 

 

 

La Academia de Barcelona Faculty

Dr. Arianna Bucci

BA Università dell'Insubria, DEA, PhD Universitat de Barcelona

Dr. Bucci is a marine biologist. She works for Environmental Consulting Enterprises as a specialist in conservation and education. Her research focuses in particular on small-scale fisheries, IUU fishing, benthic ecology, microalgae diversity and dynamics, and biogeochemical cycles. She is also active with the Marimurtra Botanic Garden, where she helps to raise awareness about plants, their adaptations to the environment, and their habitats. Dr. Bucci is also the co-founder of "La Casa del Mar," an Environmental Interpretive Center based in Costa Brava and managed by the NGO Xatrac. The institution helps spread scientific knowledge and conservation awareness. In this role she is responsible for project design, fund raising, engagement with private stakeholders, budget management, and media communications.


Xavier Carmaniu Mainadé

MA University of Girona

Xavier teaches courses on Communications, Advertising and PR at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and also on Sports & Society at Barcelona International College. He blends academia with industry experience thanks to the work he has done and continues to do on a variety of campaigns for organizations such as FC Barcelona and Ateneu Barcelonès.


Lorena Castilla Torrecillas

BA, MA Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Lorena is a native of Barcelona. She is completing her PhD in Spanish Filology and has published articles on violence and feminine identity in texts by Elvira Navarro. Her years of experience teaching Spanish as a foreign language help her integrate a variety of texts and cultural outings into her classes.


Mónica Cruz Guaqueta

BA, MA Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

Monica is an expert on Barcelona's most famous architect, Antoni Gaudi. During the year she curates exhibitions, gives conferences, and writes cultural content for both private and public companies. She enjoys taking her students to less well-known sites so that they can appreciate the hidden cultural treasures of Barcelona.


Dr. Alessandro Demurtas

MA, PhD Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona

Dr. Demurtas is a lawyer and business consultant. He specializes in all areas of civil, criminal, and labor law. He often works as a mediator too. Dr. Demurtas is also active as a pedagogue, and currently teaches courses in security, conflict resolution, and peace negotiations at graduate level at the Instituto de Barcelona de Estudios Internacionales.


Dr. Laura Gago Gómez

BA, PhD University of Salamanca

Dr. Gomez is an Associate Professor at the University of Salamanca. She speaks eight languages, which beyond her native Spanish include, English, Italian, French, and Arabic. Dr. Gomez teaches a number of courses at the University, from sociolinguistics, to translation, to grammar intensives.


Mireia Giné

BA, MA Universitat de Barcelona

Mireia is an expert language instructor. She is fluent in Spanish, Catalan, French, Chinese, and English. Her academic background is in philosophy and architecture.


Andrés Goldberg

BA Universidad Simón Bolívar, MA Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona

Andrés is a professional architect based in Barcelona. He divides his time between doctoral research and his professional practice. He has collaborated with architectural offices in Barcelona to develop a wide range of building and remodeling projects and to design furniture.


Marcelo Isarrualde

BA, MA Universidad de la República

Marcelo is a professional photographer who regularly works with Esquire, Leo Burnett, Diseno Interior, among others, and exhibits his work in galleries around the world. Since he arrived in Barcelona in 1999, he has taught photography, studio lighting, and photo journalism at a variety of schools in the city.


Albert Jornet Somoza

BA Universitat Pompeu Fabra, MA Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Albert is a doctoral researcher at the Universitat de Barcelona, where he holds a coveted FPI scholarship from the Ministerio de Economia y Competitividad. His current project focuses on Hispanic literature. He has particular expertise in lyrical discourses between the 17th and the 20th centuries, the phenomena of "obscuritas" and unintelligibility, and aesthetics and ideology in poetry. Albert is a widely-published writer, and has recently released articles in journals including "Ínsula" and "Iberoamericana." He worked as an editor for "Forma," and was part of the Organizing Committee of the International Congress for Young Researchers in the Humanities. Today he sits on the Editorial Board of "452f," a literary journal.


María Lería Morillo

BA, MFA University of Seville

María is a doctoral researcher and teacher at the Universitat de Barcelona. She is based in the Paleontology Department, where she is an expert in drawing. She also holds an MFA in Fine Arts with a specialty in painting from the University of Seville. María's work has been exhibited in art galleries across Spain and the US. She is currently collaborating with a number of galleries, including Traç D’Art and Nando Argüelles.


Andrés Raga Reinoso

BA Universitat de València, MA Universidad de Jaén

Andrés is a specialist in language, linguistics, and computer-assisted language learning. He studied in València and Laén, and spent a year at the Università degli studi di Pisa as an Erasmus Scholar. Since then he has worked as a language educator in schools, businesses, and universities. His many appointments include professorships in Spanish and Catalan at the Université Michel de Montaigne – Bordeaux 3, and at the Escuela Oficial de Idiomas de València.


Dr. Sara Rodríguez Cuadrado

BA Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, MA Universitat de Barcelona, PhD Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Dr. Rodríguez Cuadrado is a Researcher specializing in dyslexia and dyscalculia at Edge Hill University, and an Associate Tutor at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, where she supervises graduate theses. Her many areas of expertise include bilingualism, language production, language disorders, emotional processing, multisensory integration, and learning projects. Dr. Rodríguez Cuadrado is a decorated academic who was awarded postdoctoral positions to investigate the detection and treatment of learning disabilities at both the Universitat de Barcelona and the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu.


Robert Romano

BS Southern Connecticut State University, JD Loyola Univeristy School of Law, MS Columbia University, LLM St. John's University

Robert is a New York-based attorney licensed in both the state and federal courts. He specializes in sports law, and sports and entertainment-related issues. His job involves negotiating employment contracts, and endorsement and sponsorship agreements for coaches, athletes, entertainers, and broadcasters. He regularly appears as a guest contributor on ESPN Radio and FOX Sports Radio. Robert is also highly sought-after in the academic world. His posts include Director of Sports Management at Mercy College; Visiting Foreign Professor at the IE Business School in Madrid, Spain; and Adjunct Professor at St. John’s University, Quinnipiac Law School, and Drexel University.


Sofia Seinfeld Tarafa

BA, MA Universitat de Barcelona

Sofia is an expert on the use of virtual reality techniques to alleviate phobias and treat aggressive behaviors. She hails from Barcelona, but recently completed a three month internship at the University of Maastricht to learn more about fMRI techniques in the Brain and Emotion Laboratory.


Yasmina Yousfi Lopez

BA Universitat de València, MA Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Yasmina has studied literature and culture in Chile, Paraguay, France, and in Barcelona. The courses she teaches tend to center on translation, interpretation, and also her passion for theater.


Dr. Anna Zinenko

BA International Christian University-Kiev, MA, PhD Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Anna is a Professor of International Business, Marketing, and International Strategy for the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). She specializes in corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and communication strategies. Beyond her experience in academia, she has also worked with Danone and the UNEP in Geneva.