Arcadia in Barcelona

Faculty Supporting Our Programs in Barcelona

Xavier Alcón Riera

Instructor, Spanish Language and Culture
Sport, Culture and Society in Europe: The Case of Spain

Xavier Alcón was born in Barcelona and earned his degree in Contemporary Philosophy and Cultural Anthropology from the Universitat de Barcelona. He lived in London and Paris before working for Olympic Television (RTO) during the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.

He moved to Italy in 1993 to teach Spanish Language and Culture at the Università degli Study di Milano, Università Bocconi in Milano and Instituto Cervantes sharing his teaching activities with the post of correspondent for culture and cinema in Italy for the Latin American magazine Magazine Literario.

Soon after, he took responsibility, under UNESCO patronage, for the Latin American Human Rights Forum in Milano and Rome (1995). In the same period he completed his MA at the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares in Madrid in Spanish Language and Cultural Studies.

In 2002, he returned to Spain to teach Spanish Cultural Studies at Pompeu Fabra University. In 2003, he entered the field of Media, Communication and Semiotics, teaching at IED Istituto Europeo Design of Barcelona in the Design, Media and Communication programes. In 2010 he became responsible for Major Project Research for the BA Honours the Westminster University. Since then he has been lecturing with study abroad students from all over the world. In 2008, he pursued an MA in Advanced Media and Communication at Ramon Llull University in Barcelona. Xavier combines his teaching activities with art direction and concept design in Fashion, Art and Cinema in the Caixa Forum Art Museum, Bread & Butter Street Wear Fair and the Centre d’Art Santa Monica in Barcelona.


John Frederick Anderson

Instructor, Fine Arts
BARC ARSP 113 Documentary in Photography

Fred was born in Philadelphia, USA, in 1964, and has lived all over the world including Spain, India, South Africa, the UK and Australia, where he worked on a cattle station in the Kimberley before starting work as a photographic assistant in 1988. He then worked on a variety of photographic projects including national and international museum installations, the World Expo ʼ88 in Brisbane, and the Australian Pavilion at the World Expo ʼ92 in Spain. Fred freelanced as a commercial photographer based in London from 1991 to 1997, worked pro-bono in India and South East Asia for two years in 1998/9, then lived in Bristol for three years between 2000 and 2002, completing a Master of Arts Degree in Documentary Photography at University College of Wales, Newport. He has a BA in Pre-Socratic Greek philosophy and sixteenth century Chinese history from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, and a Postgraduate diploma in Photojournalism from the London College of Printing, UK. His photographic work is shot on 4x5 sheet film and follows two themes, time and identity, sometimes both in the same project. His work is exhibited internationally and he has based his studio in Barcelona, Spain since 2003, where he also lectures in Photography, Photojournalism, Fashion and semiotics at various local and international universities. Recently he has worked with the Arxiu Fotogràfic de Barcelona rephotographing scenes from the photographic archive that featured in a cataloged exhibition, and are now part of the permanent collection.


Carlota Benet Cros

Instructor, Spanish Literature
BARC SPAN 350 Conflict and Identity in Spanish Contemporary Literature

Carlota is from Barcelona and she earned her BA in Catalan and Spanish Philology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and her MA at the same institution in Drama Literature. Afterwards, she taught Catalan language and culture for four years at Brown University, Rhode Island, and Spanish language and culture at Richmond University for one year. Currently, she is finishing her PhD on the Image of the U.S. in contemporary Catalan literature and working with International students at the Universitat Autònoma.


Mónica Caballero Benavente

Instructor, Spanish Language and Culture
BARC SPAN 215 Spanish Conversation and Composition
BARC SPAN 320 Spanish for Professionals

Mónica Caballero Benavente earned a degree in Spanish Philology. She holds an MA in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language, from the University of Barcelona Department of Education. Her research focused on the use of games for teaching grammar in Spanish in a Foreign Language classroom. In 2008, she passed her Ph.D. Course in Advanced Methods in Linguistics and Language Learning at the University of Granada, where in 2010 she presented a dissertation entitled "Correlation between Grammar and Vocabulary Teaching Materials for Spanish as a Foreign Language". She is currently working toward a Ph.D. thesis at the University of Barcelona Department of Linguistics, researching in the field of Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language with a focus on the area of spoken language. Before joining Arcadia, she served as a teacher of Spanish Language at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona Idiomes, as well as Pompeu Fabra University School of Languages.


Dr. Laura Cervi

Instructor, Business Administration and Economics, Sociology and Social Politics
BARC ECSP 370 Spain, Catalonia and European Integration
BARC PONC 350 The Resurgence of Nationalism: the Case of Catalonia

Laura Cervi attained her Ph.D. in 2006 Political Science at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain under the auspices of the Università degli Studi di Pavia, Italy. Her degree in Political Science is also from the Università degli Studi de Pavia. She attended her final doctorate year at Columbia University, New York. In addition to her work with Arcadia University in Spain, she serves as an Associate Professor at UAB (Autonomous University of Barcelona) where she leads Ph.D. and Master level courses, such as "Social Effects of Political Communication", "Nationalism and politics," "Political Communication, Mass Communication Structure II and Public Opinion" and others. Her research interests cover political communication, nationalism, new technology and new forms of political participation. The European Commission finances the research projects on which she works. Dr. Cervi's present project is entitled "MEDRES, Active Citizenship and Participation through Media Literacy in the EU". In 2007 she completed a research project entitled "Current trends and approaches to media literacy in Europe."


Dr. Matthew Clear

Instructor, Art History
BARC ARSP 310 Spanish Art and Architecture: Selected Topics
BARC ARSP 390 Picasso, Dali and Miro: Art in 20th Century Barcelona

Matthew John Clear is an art historian, researcher, professor, and lecturer. He earned his Ph.D. from University of Sussex with a dissertation entitled "Power, Piety and Patronage in the Mediterranean: Sancia of Majorca (1286-1345) Queen of Sicily, Provence and Jerusalem". He holds a Masters in Combined Historical Studies (the Renaissance) from The Warburg Institute and a Bachelor of Arts in Italian Studies and History of Art & Architecture from the University of Reading. He has served as a professor of Art History at the University of Sussex and at ENEP Aragón, Mexico State University. He is the co-author and primary researcher of the highly regarded coffee-table book "30,000 Years of Art: The story of human creativity across time and space" from Phaidon Press Ltd.


Michael Kennedy-Scanlon

Instructor, Core Studies
BARC BACL 350 Barcelona: Mosaic of Culture, Language and People

Michael was raised in Beirut, Lebanon, with occasional years in Providence, Rhode Island. In 1976 he received a BA in Fine Arts from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. After two years teaching in an Egyptian secondary school in Cairo and a year in Montpellier, France, he returned to the U.S. and completed an MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language at the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Since his arrival in Barcelona in 1981, he has taught English in a variety of contexts including specialized English for dentistry and physical therapy students at the International University of Catalonia (UIC), English for computer science students in Sabadell, and business English at various corporations in the Barcelona area. He is currently an associate instructor at the English Department of Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), where he also teaches business English in the Citius MBA program. He is the main author of a series of self-study textbooks for advanced Spanish-speaking learners of English published by the UAB. He is also heavily involved with alumni outreach and career orientation for graduates of the UAB’s English Department, well-known for his incessant urging that graduates will greatly enrich themselves by spending time living abroad.

His early years in the Middle East stimulated an enduring interest in the culture of the region, which neatly complemented by his presence in Spain has led to the translation of several books from Spanish to English on the history of Islamic Spain.


Àngel González Llàcer

Instructor, Fine Arts
BARC ARSP 111 Painting & Drawing in Barcelona

Àngel González Llàcer studied architecture from 1979 to 1982 at Escola Tècnica Superior d´Arquitectura in Barcelona. He obtained his Degree in Fine Arts in Sculpture at Sant Jordi Facultat de Belles Arts de Barcelona in 1987, where he also passed a Ph.D. course in 1988. Between 1971 and 1979 he studied music, piano, French and English. He has been teaching drawing, painting and sculpture at Escola d´Art Sanvisens since 1987. From 1989 he has been teaching landscape painting in intensive summer stages in Mont-Roig del Camp, Tarragona.

In 1994 he began lecturing and teaching art classes at UIAH, University of Art & Design Helsinki, Finland, as well as the Polytechnic School in Lahti, Finland, and the Altos de Chavón School of Advanced Design, Dominican Republic which is affiliated to Parsons, New York.
As an artist he had his first solo exhibition in 1986 in Agora 3 Gallery, in Sitges, Barcelona. Since then he has been regularly exhibiting, mainly paintings, in galleries in Barcelona, Madrid, Andorra, Modena, (Italy), New York, Paris, Montreal, Biberach (Germany) and Helsinki (Finland).


Isabel Martínez

Instructor, International Marketing

Isabel was born and raised in Barcelona where she studied Business Administration and Marketing. She moved to US in 1998 for eight years, and there she earned her EMBA at Tulane University in Houston, TX in 2005. Moving back to Barcelona in 2006 she has engaged in postgraduate studies at MIR, Master of International Retail by the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. Her career has been focused on Marketing and International Business in private enterprises. Being the manager responsible for six years of the expansion department of a popular brand, she has gained international experience and a very global and multicultural perception of reality. She loves to work with international environments, and her goal is to combine the experience working in a business firm with the teaching experience. She has lived in Lyon- France, Bristol- UK, Minneapolis and Houston, TX USA. She speaks Catalán, Spanish, French and English.


Maria Carmen Mora

Instructor, Spanish Language and Culture
BARC SP102/SP201/SP302 Spanish Language

Maria Carmen Mora holds a degree in Romanic Philology from Barcelona University and a Postgraduate degree in Medieval Studies from the Fédération Internationale Des Instituts d'Études Médiévales and Biblioteca Vaticana in Rome. Her research focuses on teaching Spanish as a foreign language. As a Spanish Professor she has worked for Instituto Cervantes in Rome and for the FAO: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. At the same time she has served as a Spanish language and translation Professor at Università di Roma: La Sapienza - Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia; Università Guido Carli LUISS in Rome and at Link Campus University of Malta, Rome. At the European Commission's INEX conference she presented the paper: "From the paper to virtual reality – Steps to bring an idea to the virtual world" in Latste 2005 Conference, Smiltene in Latvia. After coming back to Barcelona, she has served as a Spanish Professor for Programa d'Ensenyament d'Idiomes de la Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona.


Sílvia Serra

Instructor, Spanish Language and Culture
BARC BACL 350 Barcelona: Mosaic of Culture, Language and People
BARC MSBC 350 Barcelona: Capital of Catalunya

Sílvia Serra was born and raised in Catalunya. She studied Clinical Psychology in Ramon Lllull University. She has engaged in postgraduate studies in Cognitive-social Psychotherapy and has an MA in Tourism Management from the University of Girona. Her research is focused in the image of Barcelona among American students. She speaks five languages.

She has been living and working in different countries where she has gained an understanding of the multicultural experience of living and studying abroad, which is reflected in her work. She has extensive experience in teaching languages and coordinating language faculty in different countries. In Barcelona, she also developed tourist itineraries for young language learners and worked as a tourist guide. In the Fall of 2005 she joined Arcadia as a Spanish language teacher and a Spanish language coordinator.


Dr. Ib Schumacher

HSES310 History of Spain from 1900 to Present

Ib Schumacher was born and raised in West-Germany. He studied History, Political Science and Journalism at the Freie Universität Berlin and the FernUniversität Hagen (Germany). He earned his Ph.D. in History from the Humboldt Universität Berlin with the dissertation “Ideas, perceptions and thought patterns of Philip IV of Spain in the context of the Spanish Empire’s foreign policies, 1643-1665”. He teaches courses related to History, Political Science, Journalism and Criminological Terminology. His research interests include Early Modern and Modern History of Europe and the USA, Political Systems of Europe and the USA, International Relations and Media in Europe and the USA.


Oliver Sutton

Instructor, Business Administration and Economics
BARC BUSP 370 Brand Barcelona: Selling Barcelona in a Globalized World

Oliver Simon Sutton earned a Diploma of English Teaching to Adults (DELTA) in 2009 which involved the theory and practice of course planning, assessment and maximizing learner involvement. In 2005 he completed a Masters degree in Globalization, Cooperation and Development at the University of Barcelona. In 1996 he earned MPhil in philosophy from the Manchester Metropolitan University with the thesis: Beyond the Language of Metaphysics: A Joint Analysis of Wittgenstein and Heidegger. He holds a BA in politics and philosophy which is also from Manchester. He served as an English teacher at The Language Centre at the University of Leeds, the International House Barcelona and at the Escuela Oficial de Idiomas de vall d'Hebron which is the official government sponsored language school in Barcelona. He has taught English to students of all ages and nationalities and engages the student with multi-media presentations, learner involvement and task-based learning. He has diverse academic interests as the subject areas of his masters degrees demonstrate. In addition to his accomplishments in language education, he has developed a keen interest in the relationship between globalization and urbanization with particular reference to model of urban development pursued in Barcelona where he currently lives and works.