James Nemiroff

Lecturer of Spanish


Dept:World Languages And Cultures
Office:2114 Pearson
505 Morrill Rd.
Ames IA


James Nemiroff is a Lecturer of Spanish in the Department of World Languages and Cultures here at Iowa State. He joins the Department after earning his Ph.D in Romance Languages and Literatures from the University of Chicago. He joins the faculty after having taught at the University of Chicago, at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and at Kalamazoo College.

His research focuses on the representation of Judaism in sixteenth- and seventeenth- century Spanish literature. More particularly, it analyzes the relationships between literature, historiography, and religious practice in Early Modern Spain and examines how religious identities and historical chronicles imitate each other creating performed forgeries. His work considers religious identities as both figures of thought and figures of flesh and blood, exploring how religious traditions configure hermeneutic spaces that can be interpreted distinctly by Old Christians, converted Christians and Crypto-Jews.

He is currently working on two projects. The first is a digital concept dictionary on Early Modern historical drama. The second is a book entitled Lope’s Forgeries: Lope’s Toledan Comedias as Dramatic Historiography.

In the classroom, he preaches the importance of ánimo, which signifies the adventurous spirit that students have as they learn a new language. However, he also emphasizes the 17th century meaning referring to the courage that students must possess to take intellectual and personal risks both in the classroom and in college.