Director & Faculty

Our academic faculty is specially chosen among teachers and researchers in some of the world’s leading universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, the LSE, Yale, Harvard, Columbia, NYU, Berkeley, the Sorbonne, Universitat de Barcelona, Universidad de Salamanca, and Pompeu Fabra. In 2015 our teaching staff in Oxford and Cambridge alone consisted of more than 28 Rhodes, Gates, Marshall, and Fulbright Scholars, making Oxbridge one of the biggest employers of Rhodes Scholars in the world. 

Our creative and workshop courses, meanwhile, are taught by fully-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.

Antonio Doñas, profesor de Retórica en Oxbridge - La Academia de España, explica por qué este programa es una gran oportunidad para aprender y/o mejorar el español durante el mes de julio en Salamanca, España. 

Ana del Arco, profesora de Bellas Artes en Oxbridge La Academia de España, nos explica por qué el programa es una fantástica oportunidad para estudiar Bellas Artes practicando al mismo tiempo el español. 

 

La Academia de España Director

Director, Meghan Roof

This will be Meghan's eighth summer with Oxbridge Academic Programs, and her second as Director of La Academia de España. Meghan has spent a great deal of time in Spain ever since she studied in Pamplona during her junior year of college, and she loves sharing her passion for the Spanish language and way of life with Oxbridge students. After receiving her Master's degree in Spanish, she was awarded a two-year Fulbright grant and spent a year in Valladolid and another in Madrid. She went on to spend another year teaching in Santander before returning to the US. For the past eight years she has been teaching middle and upper school Spanish at Louisville Collegiate School, and she will begin a new adventure in August 2015 when she, her husband, and her beagle move to Lisbon to begin teaching at the Carlucci American International School of Lisbon.

La Academia de España Faculty

Dr. Javier Andres-Perez

BA, PhD University of Salamanca, MLitt University of Saint Andrews

Dr. Andres-Perez is a Tutor at the University of Salamanca. As a teacher he works principally with graduate-level students conducting research into cultural heritage. His own areas of expertise include art history, iconography, museum curation, and the Roman empire. He regularly conducts field work in archaeological excavations across the world, acts as a consultant for exhibitions and fine art collectors, and edits texts for academic journals. Recently Dr. Andres-Perez won a prestigious FormARTE Fellowship which allowed him to collaborate with the Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, on the mounting and management of several major exhibitions.


Ana del Arco Ballesteros

Técnico Superior en Artes Aplicadas a la Escultura, Escuela de Artes y Estudios Artísticos de Salamanca, Graduado en Modelado y Vaciado, Escuela de Artes y Estudios Artísticos de Salamanca, BA Universidad de Salamanca, MA Universidad de Salamanca

Ana is a professional artist, a teacher at Escuela de Arte y Diseño de Zamora, and a doctoral researcher at the University of Salamanca. Her current project is focused on the history of Salmantine art. She is registered as an artisan by the government of Castille and Leon and won the prestigious Investigative Prize from the University in 2009.


Luis Diaz Perez

BA Royal Conservatory of Madrid, BA University of Salamanca, MA Carthage College

Luis has years of experience teaching in two very different areas: his native Spanish language, and his mastery of the French horn. Luis’ language courses are always interdisciplinary, introducing students to elements of Spanish culture, history, society, and his home of La Mancha, the world of Don Quixote.


Dr. Antonio Doñas

BA, MA, PhD Universidad de Valencia

Antonio's research focuses on the relationship between Latin literature and Medieval Spanish and Catalan literature. He has worked as a researcher at Queen Mary, University of London, and the Warburg Institute in London. He previously taught Spanish and Literature at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon.


Alba Valverde Merlo

BA Università di Siena, MA Universidad de Salamanca

Alba is a doctoral researcher at the University of Salamanca. Her research focuses on artistic projects that combine distinct visual and performing forms. She also organizes workshops and courses about research techniques and methodologies in art history, design, film, modern dance, and the organization and management of exhibitions. As an art critic, curator, and lover of contemporary culture, Alba is particularly interested in the results of synthesizing different artistic media.


Dr. Luis Rodriguez

BA, MA, PhD University of Salamanca

Dr. Rodriguez teaches courses in political science at the University of Salamanca. His research focuses on the Arab world: democracy, political change, and investigating the unique cases of Tunisia, Egypt, and Jordan during and after the Arab Spring.


Francisco Javier Rubio Muñoz

BA Universidad de Salamanca, MA Universidad de Salamanca

Francisco is a doctoral researcher at the University of Salamanca, where he is based in the Department of Medieval, Modern, and Contemporary History. His current project is a comparative history that focuses on Spanish and Ibero-American Universities during the Golden Age. Francisco is a seasoned pedagogue, and teaches European History and Geography at the University. He is also a member of the prestigious "Alfonso IX" Research Group at the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Institute.


Dr. Sergi Sancho Fibla

BA, MA, PhD Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Sergi is a researcher in the department of Humanities at Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. He gained his PhD with distinction in Comparative Studies of Literature, Art, and Thought. His thesis investigated the relationship between image and text in medieval works. Today he is a member of the Research Group of the Bibliotheca Mystica et Philosophica Alois M. Haas. He also sits on the editorial board of the scholarly, interdisciplinary journal "Forma."


Beatriz Tomé Alonso

BA, MA Universidad de Salamanca

Beatriz is a doctoral researcher at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and an Associate Researcher at the Centre Jacques Berque of Rabat. Her current project focuses on the development of Islamist parties in North Africa and the Middle East. Her academic work has taken her across the globe, and particularly through France, Morocco, and Tunisia.