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Meet Rogelio Miñana

October 27, 2015

Rogelio Miñana, PhD
Rogelio Miñana, PhD

Rogelio Miñana, PhD, joins us as head of the new Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages. Originally from Spain, Miñana has a deeply rooted affection for Paella, speaks several languages, and is excited to further infuse culture and language into the CoAS curriculum.

Hometown: Now Philly! Originally from Valencia, Spain
Degree: PhD, Spanish Literature, Penn State
Research interests: Cervantes’ “Don Quixote,” cultural relations across countries and languages; also community-based learning, hybrid learning, and the role of languages in international education

What did you do before coming to Drexel?
Taught at Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts. I founded the Spanish, Latina/o and Latin American Studies department back in 2008 and recently served as director of the Five College Blended Learning program.

What is your favorite book? Movie?
“Don Quixote”! Love movies from the late 60s to the late 70s (“The Godfather part II,” for instance)

What is your favorite food or restaurant?
My mom’s PAELLA. Then my own paella. Then many different cuisines: Italian, Thai, Mexican, Brazilian, French, Indian…

If you could have dinner with three people (dead or alive) who would they be?
My father (passed in 2010), Gandhi and Jesus. I find spiritual and revolutionary people most interesting, regardless of ideological or religious affiliation.

When is the last time you did something “for the first time”? What was it?
Recently attended a Department Head’s meeting at Drexel for the first time. So much fun!

If you could have any super power, what would it be?
The ability to make people accepting and respectful of each other’s differences and needs

What was the most memorable class you took as an undergrad and why?
I took my most memorable and influential class in my high school junior year. I had a great literature professor who inspired me to major in literary studies in college.

Which current event/issue do you think students should know more about and why?
Socio-economic inequalities across the globe, as well as locally. This is the greatest battle of our time, together with climate change.

What’s one thing students would be surprised to learn about you?
They usually enjoy knowing that I speak several languages and have traveled to many countries in four continents.

What did you want to be when you were a kid? What made you want to become a professor?
I always enjoyed learning, and what better way to learn than to be part of a community of learners? I never saw myself doing anything but what I do. I’m pretty useless generally speaking is what I’m saying.

What do you consider to be your biggest achievement thus far in your career?
Being creative about new ways of learning (community-based, hybrid) and infusing language learning and cultural studies into all kinds of globally minded courses

What do you hope to add to the CoAS community?
Precisely what I said above: new ways of thinking about the interaction between global studies and language learning and cultural studies. I’m very student-oriented, so I want to work as closely with students as I will with colleagues.