Our Department focuses on the history, literature, languages and culture of Latin America, the Caribbean and the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal). In other words, at the core of our Department are more than 20 countries in which most of the population speaks Spanish, Portuguese and Catalan – the three languages that we teach.

We are the only academic home in Israel that offers BA, MA, and PhD programs on Spanish and Latin American Studies. Our program is regional and multidisciplinary. It is excellent and demanding, as we believe that this is the best way to offer our students the tools and the knowledge needed to succeed in the academia and the job-market.

Over the years, the countries that are at the heart of our study programs experienced ups and downs and witnessed the emergence of innovative ideas, inventions, and discoveries that changed the history of humankind. Most recently, a large number of Iberian and Latin American countries have attracted increasing interest. Is Brazil going to remain part of the so-called BRICs? Is Spain in its way to economic recovery? Will countries like Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Colombia change their position in the global scene? What happened to the indigenous people of Latin America? If you are looking for answers for these and other question – join us!

Contact Us

Department of Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American Studies
The Faculty of Humanities
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mount Scopus
Jerusalem, 9190501


Department Head and Director of Literature Studies: Prof. Ruth Fine ruth.fine@mail.huji.ac.il
Director of Historical Studies: Dr. Claudia Kedar claudia.kedar@mail.huji.ac.il

Director of Linguistic Studies: Prof. Aldina Quintana aldina.quintana@mail.huji.ac.il

Department Advisors for BA Students: Dr. Claudia Kedar and Mr. Itay Baruj etbaruj@gmail.com
Department Advisors for MA and PHD Students: Prof. Ruth Fine (Literature) and Dr. Claudia Kedar (History)

Department secretary: Ms. Adva Cohen 
Humanities Building, Room 4502
Telephone: 02-5883851
Fax: 02-5881224