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Carlos Burgos, PhD

Academic Director

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Carlos Burgos is the Director of USD Madrid, with a Ph.D. from Stanford University. He teaches courses on Spanish and Latin American Literature and film. His research focuses on 19th and 20th century Latin American and Spanish Literature and Culture as well as Critical Theory. His first book, Entensión, was published in 2008.

Lupe Burgos, MS

Program Coordinator

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Lupe Burgos obtained her MS in Management from Florida International University. She has lived in Ecuador, USA, and Spain. Before joining the USD Madrid team she worked in banking for almost 10 years and had the opportunity to work for regional banks, as well as global industry leaders like JP Morgan Chase.

 Almudena Ariza Armada, PhD

Visiting Professor of Spanish

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Dr. Ariza holds a BA and MA degree in Medieval History, doctoral studies in Archaeology, Paleography, Numismatics and related sciences, and her PhD in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the Complutense University of Madrid. She teaches courses on the history of Islam in Spain, International relations between Spain and the Mediterranean Islamic Countries, the History of Sefarad, and History, Politics and Literature of Spain, as well as Spanish language. She has also participated in various research projects and received several scholarships and grants from Spanish and International Institutions to conduct research in Spain as well as various European and Arabic countries.

Cathy Bingman, MDiv

Visiting Adjunt Professor of Religious Studies

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Cathy Bingman has two Masters Degrees, one in Divinity from Perkins School of Theology (Southern Methodist University) and the other in Spanish Education from Purdue University, where she also received her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language and Literature. She is an ordained United Methodist minister (since 1983) and professor of Theology and Religious Studies at both the University of San Diego and Southern Methodist University in Madrid since 1998. Professor Bingman is also Senior Pastor of the Community Church of Madrid, Spain, where she has served since 1999.

Gustavo Campos, MBA

Visiting Adjunct Professor of Business

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Gustavo Campus was born and raised in Mexico but has lived in several different European countries. With B.S. degree in International Business he joined Kellogg working as a Manager for Category Management Operations dealing global accounts such as Wal-Mart, Carrefour and Ahold. During this period he had the opportunity to work in different Latin American countries such as Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Argentina as well as in the USA. With a scholarship awarded by the British Council he completed his MBA at the Manchester Business. From the U.K. he moved to France and then Spain as an e-procurement consultant for Carrefour. Currently he is living in Valencia (Spain) having established his own consulting company and works with different clients from all over Europe helping them to improve their sales processes and internal operations. He is an instructor in the Business Travel Seminar at the USD Madrid.

Dale Fuchs, MA

Visiting Adjunct Professor of Communications

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Dale Fuchs is a professional journalist based in Madrid. She came to Spain on a Fulbright Fellow in 1998 and never left. Her articles on Spain have appeared in The New York Times, The international Herald Tribute, The Guardian, The Miami Herald, El País, and El Mundo. She is currently the Madrid correspondent for The Independent. She writes on a wide variety of issues from the Basque separatism to art and fashion. Dale received a Masters in Journalism from New York University and a Bachelors in Government from Cornell University. She teaches International Media at USD Madrid.

Marta López Beriso, MPhil

Visiting Adjunct Professor of Art History

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Marta López is an active scholar and educator in the field of art history. She holds degrees in Art History and Archeology (B.A. Université de La Sorbonne-Paris IV), Arts and Culture Administration (M.A. Universidad de Barcelona), and a MPhil in Contemporary Art/History of Photography (Universidad Complutense de Madrid). Her doctoral research is focused in defining social identity through 19th Photography. She is the former Adjunct Director at the Esteban Vicente Contemporary Art Museum, Segovia, as well as Director of Education at Museo Picasso Málaga. At USD Madrid, she teaches "Art in The Prado Museum", "Civilization of Spain" and "Spain: Identities and Cultures".

Cecilia Méndez Cea, PhD

Visiting Professor of Spanish Language and Culture

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Cecilia Méndez Cea has a Ph.D. (Summa cum Laude) in Applied Linguistics from the Universidad de Salamanca (USAL) and a Masters in the Teaching of Spanish Language and Culture to International Students by Universidad de Alcalá de Henares (UAH), Madrid. In addition to being an active researcher and scholar she enjoys travel. Having been born in Salamanca, Castilla-León, Spain, she has visited more than 30 countries on four continents learning to speak five languages (English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese) in addition to Spanish. Her academic background, and personal travel passion, gives her an insight to clearly understand the experience of being a "foreign student abroad” and the learning needed to understand and acquire a new language and a new culture. Professor Méndez enjoys contributing to the multicultural/ intercultural experience of her international students through her academic, professional and personal expertise.

Manuel Morales, MEng

Visiting Professor of Operations Management

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Manuel Morales has been working in the field of Operations Management since 1996. He has held positions in multinational companies in Europe and USA including Stanley Black & Decker, GE Wind and Elis Manomatic. Since 2007 he has been a professor of Operations Management at Universidad Pontificia Comillas - ICADE in Madrid. He is also fluent in English, French and Spanish.

 Jon Oleaga

Visiting Professor of Marketing

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Jon Oleaga has been working in marketing and product development departments all his professional career, both for big corporations and his startup Visualbox, where he is actually the CEO. He also works for ABC newspaper as a tech journalist and advisor, as well as professor at IE Business School where he teaches Product Innovation and EUDE where he teaches Email Marketing and Entrepreneurship. He holds a degree in Business Administration (DEUSTO) and Psychology (UNED), also has masters in Marketing (DEUSTO), Executive MBA (IE) and Behavioral Psychology (UNED).

Saul Oliveros, MBA

Visiting Adjunct Professor of Business

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Saul Oliveros received his Ph.D. in Economics from Universidad de Alcalá, Madrid. Before being enrolled in the academic world, Saúl had the chance to work for companies like NCR and Televisa Group, the biggest media group in Latin America. As a faculty member, he taught at the ITESM (Mexico), the Maastricht Center for Transatlantic Studies (Netherlands), and the Universidad de Alcalá (Spain). In the USD Madrid program, he teaches the business section of the Travel Seminar.

Carl-Gustaf Saluste, PhD

Visiting Professor of Chemistry

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Carl-Gustaf Saluste studied Chemistry at the University of Lund in Sweden and completed his PhD in Organic Chemistry at the University of Southhampton (UK), focusing on catalysis and the development of environmentally friendly synthesis methodologies. Besides teaching, Prof. Saluste has work experience in drug discovery for various pharmaceutical companies. At USD Madrid Prof. Saluste currently teaches science courses.

Hector Santiago Cazull, ABD

Visiting Adjunct Professor of History

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Héctor Santaigo is a native of Puerto Rico and obtained a B.A. in Architecture and an M.S. in Historic Preservation at Columbia University and his completing his PhD in Spanish-American Social and Political History at Complutense University, Madrid. He also did post-graduate studies in historical/cultural heritage conservation at the International Centre for Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), Rome. After a successful career as a Historical Preservation Specialist at the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture in San Juan he was appointed the island’s Executive Director of Historical Heritage Programs in 1997. He has also served as a consultant for numerous conservation projects for historical and archaeological sites in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and Central America. Héctor has taught undergraduate courses in Historic Preservation in Puerto Rico, and courses in Spanish, Latin-American and World History, as well as Spanish Culture and Civilization, at various American universities in Madrid, where he has been living since 2003.

Kirk Lee Tennant, ABD

Visiting Adjunct Professor of Business and Ethics

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Kirk Tennant is a multidisciplinary teacher. He has received masters degrees in accounting (Purdue), engineering (Southern Methodist University), management (Purdue), theology/ethics (Southern Methodist University), and English literature (St. Louis University). He combines these disciplines to teach courses in moral philosophy, ethics, and business. The courses taught by Professor Tennant combine a historical perspective of the course subject but stress the application of the course material in today’s ever shrinking, changing world. Also, since the courses are taught in Madrid, a cross-cultural view of the course content is always taken with student exposure to Spanish culture and media.