Chad M. Gasta

Department Chair & Professor of Spanish, Director of International Studies


Dept:World Languages And Cultures
Office:3102 Pearson
505 Morrill Rd.
Ames IA


Chad M. Gasta (Ph. D., Michigan State University) is Professor of Spanish and Chair of the department. He also serves as Director of International Studies and Co-Director of the Languages and Cultures for Professions (LCP) program. Gasta founded and currently co-directs Iowa State’s largest study abroad program, the ISU on Mediterranean – Summer in Valencia, Spain program, which features coursework in Spanish, engineering, business, and biology as well as internships in Spanish.

Gasta teaches a wide array of courses including Spanish for Global Professionals, Spanish Conversation for Professionals, Spain Today, Spanish Civilization and Culture as well as advanced courses on the literatures and cultures of early modern Spain and Latin America.

Gasta’s research focuses on transatlantic approaches to early modern literature, culture, and history of Spain and the New World. In particular, he has published on early opera and musical culture, theater, Cervantes, and the picaresque. He also writes on global education and international engagement through study abroad. Gasta is the author of Imperial Stagings: Empire and Ideology in Transatlantic Theater of Early Modern Spain and the New World (University of North Carolina Press, 2013), Transatlantic Arias: Early Opera in Spain and the New World (Iberoamericana/Vervuert, 2013), an annotated critical edition of Lazarillo de Tormes (Waveland Press, 2013), and he co-edited Hispanic Studies in Honor of Robert L. Fiore co-edited with Julia Domínguez (Juan de la Cuesta, 2009).