Chad M. Gasta (Ph. D., Michigan State University) is Professor of Spanish and Chair of the Department of World Languages & Cultures at Iowa State University. 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, biology, engineering, economics, management, and marketing as well as internships in Spanish and lab work in the biological sciences.
His research focuses on transatlantic approaches to early modern literature, culture, and history of Spain and the New World. 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).