Patricia Coloma Penate
Title: Assistant Professor of Spanish
Office: Humanities Building 404
Patricia Coloma Penate-PhD in English with a specialization in African American and Afro-Cuban literature and folklore (Georgia State University 2012)-is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish. She obtained her BA in American Literature from Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain). Dr. Coloma Penate was born in Toledo (Spain), but raised in Fuerteventura (Canary Islands) and all over the Iberian Peninsula. She also lived in Naples (Italy) for three years and in London (UK) for six months. Dr. Coloma Penate’s international experience has greatly influenced both her academic preparation and approach to languages and literatures. Dr. Coloma Penate also has a certificate in Latin American Studies (Georgia State University 2012) that complements her formation in African American literature incorporating a broader understanding of the African diaspora in the American continent, the focus of her study.
In her research Dr. Coloma Penate analyzes the transcultural connections between the African descended population of the U.S and Cuba. In her work she gives special attention to folklore, spirituality and female identity.
Dr. Coloma Penate has taught Spanish for several years at Georgia State University. She is excited about sharing her transcultural perspective with UAB’s students.