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Tony Cella, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Spanish Language and Literature
Gillett Hall 233
Phone: (480) 878-6702


As a director of the Spanish program, Dr. Cella oversees the Spanish and Medical Spanish majors and minors. He also teaches courses on Spanish and Latin American literature and history, as well as Spanish for the professions. 

He received his doctorate from the University of Virginia in 2014, after defending his dissertation entitled, "Un análisis sociocritico de algunas narconarrativas mexicanas," in which he analyzes the social and economic relationship between the U.S. and Mexico; particularly as it relates to transnational crime and drug trafficking. 

Cella has lived in Spain, Mexico and Colombia. He is happy to have graduated his first students with a Spanish major and to have sent students abroad. He spends his free time reading Spanish-language literature, playing tennis and exploring Arizona.


The University of Virginia
Ph.D., Spanish
Dissertation title: Un análisis sociocritico de algunas narconarrativas mexicanas

Middlebury College
M.A., Spanish

College of Charleston
B.A., Spanish
Minor, Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Courses Taught

SPAN 101 | Elementary Spanish I
SPAN 211 | Intermediate Grammar and Composition
SPAN 212 | Intermediate Oral Communications
SPAN 213 | Business Spanish I
SPAN 215 | Medical Spanish I
SPAN 216 | Medical Spanish II
SPAN 220 | Introduction to Spanish Literature
SPAN 221 | Introduction to Latin American Literature
SPAN 225 | Legal Spanish I
SPAN 230 | Spanish Civilization and Culture
SPAN 231 | Latin American Civilization and Culture
SPAN 307 | Advanced Spanish Literature
SPAN 310 | Advanced Latin American Literature
SPAN 311 | Advanced Composition
SPAN 312 | Advanced Oral Communications
SPAN 313 | Advanced Oral Medical Spanish
SPAN 350 | Competence in Latino Culture for Health Care Professionals and Emergency Responders
SPAN 360 | Introduction to Medical Interpretation in Spanish

Research Interests

Twentieth century Latin American narrative, Detective literature (narco-narratives written by Paco Ignacio Taibo II, Elmer Mendoza, Eduardo Antonio Parra, Victor Hugo Rascon Banda and Fernando Vallejo.)

Selected Publications

"Las cicatrices poeticas de Pablo Neruda en Residencia en la tierra." Revista Gaceta Hispanica de Madrid. 4th Edition. Fall: 2006. Digital.

Favorite BenU Mesa Memory

My favorite Ben U Mesa memory was seeing my first student come back to our campus after studying abroad in Madrid, Spain. She was radiant and anxious to share her experiences with me and my fellow students. I hope that many more students will follow her footsteps and go to Europe or Latin America to perfect their command of the Spanish language.

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