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Vincent Barletta

Vincent Barletta, who is an associate professor in the departments of comparative literature and Iberian and Latin American cultures, is also a research associate at Stanford's Europe Center and serves as associated faculty for several Stanford studies groups, including the Center for African Studies and the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies. He is affiliated faculty with the Center for Latin American Studies and is the recipient of a 2021 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. His research and courses focus primarily on medieval and early modern Iberian and Ibero-American literature, the Portuguese empire and humanism, comparative literature, literature and linguistic anthropology, and literature and philosophy. In his book, Rhythm: Form and Dispossession (University of Chicago Press, 2020), he analyzes key philosophical and poetic theorizations of rhythm from ancient Greece to the modern era. Professor Barletta is also working on a critical edition/translation of the Livro de Duarte Barbosa (circa 1516) as well as a series of essays focused on 17th-century Brazil and the Portuguese empire in Africa.


At Stanford:

  • Associate professor, department of Iberian and Latin American Cultures, since 2007
  • Associate professor, department of Comparative Literature, since 2013
  • Research associate, The Europe Center, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
  • Associated faculty: Center for African Studies, Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies and Mediterranean Studies Forum
Other positions:
  • Co-executive editor, Journal of Lusophone Studies, since 2014
  • Assistant professor, 2003–2007, and visiting assistant professor, 2001–2003, department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Colorado at Boulder


  • Author, Rhythm: Form and Dispossession (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming)
  • Author, Death in Babylon: Alexander the Great and Iberian Empire in the Muslim Orient (University of Chicago Press, 2010)


  • Recipient, Division of Literature, Cultures, and Languages research unit grant, Stanford University, 2014–2016; 2019-21
  • Fellow, Stanford Humanities Center, 2014–2015

Academic History:

  • BA, English, 1989, Saint Mary’s College of California
  • MA, Spanish, 1994, and PhD, Hispanic Languages and Literatures, 1998—both UCLA

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