Diego R. Batista, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Spanish
Professor Batista was born in the Canary Islands, Spain three years before the end of Franco’s dictatorship. He came to the United States to study Spanish at Brigham Young University, Utah in 1998. After graduating in 2001, he worked as a High School teacher in California for four years. At the same time, he completed his Masters in Spanish Literature and Linguistics from California State University, Fullerton in 2005 and his Secondary Spanish Teaching Credential at California State University, San Bernardino in the same year. He received a Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Oklahoma in 2010. He has been a Spanish Professor at Weber State University, Utah since 2011. His research interests include literature and cultural studies from and about the Canary Islands, as well as the literary and historical relationships between Spain and Latin America especially pertaining to marginal territories and transatlantic literature. Diego is married and has six children.