Languages and Cultures

West Chester University

Dr. Mahmoud Amer
Acting Chair 2016-2017
224 Mitchell Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: 610-436-2700
Fax: 610-436-3048

Jerome M. Williams

Professor of Languages & Chairperson
M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University
B.A., Haverford College

Jerome M. Williams

Our Department announces the retirement of Dr. Jerry Williams as of January 2016. Dr. Williams has served the Department for many years as its Chairperson and a member of the Spanish section. Under his leadership, our Department has not only grown, but also flourished. We thank him for his invaluable contribution, and we wish him a wonderful retirement.

Research interests:

colonial Brazil, religious iconography, and sixteenth- and eighteenth-century Latin America, the Inquisition in the Americas

Recent Publications/Activities:

  • Eighteenth-Century Oratory and Poetic Contests in Peru (Juan de la Cuesta Hispanic Monographs, 2009)
  • co-editor of Bajo en cielo peruano: The Devout World of Peralta Barnuevo: La Galeria de la Omnipotencia and Pasión y Triunfo de Cristo (U. of North Carolina Press at Chapel Hill, 2008)
  • "The Spirit of Literary Collaboration in Bermúdez de la'Torre and Peralta Barnuevo" in Dieciocho. (Spring 2010, num. 33.1). 7-46
  • "The Repression of CryptoJews in Lima: The Sacrifice of Ana de Castro," Shippensburg Journal of Modern Languages (issue 1, Fall 2009). 55-70.
  • "Popularizing the Ethic of Conquest: Peralta Barnuevo's Historia de España vindicada" in Creole Subjects in the Colonial Americas: Empires, Texts, Identities. Eds. Ralph Bauer and José Antonio Mazzotti, Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, VA. University of North Carolina Press, 2009, 412-41.

Classes regularly taught:

Advanced Readings (315), Survey of Latin American Literature (331), Survey of Spanish Literature (330), Latin American Theatre (411/544), Colonial Latin American Literature (541), and Latin American Short Story (Seminar 446/556).