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Faculty Profile

Shawn Stein

Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese (2015)

Contact Information

Leave of absence Spring 2020

Bosler Hall Room M10


Professor Stein's scholarship focuses on contemporary Latin American literary and cultural production. His current research is devoted to analyzing satire and the myth of fair play in football (soccer) fiction in Latin America. Stein's "Playing fairly: the satiric tradition in football fiction from Latin America" is forthcoming in Soccer & Society. Other recent work has been published in Chasqui, Hispania, Revista de literatura mexicana, Studies in Latin American Popular Culture and Transmodernity. Idols and Underdogs: An Anthology of Latin American Football Fiction, his co-edited anthology of football fiction and author interviews (an English translation of Por amor a la pelota: Once cracks de la ficción futbolera - Editorial Cuarto Propio, 2014), was released by Freight Books in 2016. Stein's teaching experience and interests include social justice, community engagement, cultural/literary studies, film, football, satire, Portuguese and Spanish, among other topics.


  • B.A., University of Colorado-Boulder, 1998
  • M.A., University of California-Riverside, 2000
  • Ph.D., 2006

2019-2020 Academic Year

Fall 2019

FYSM 100 First-Year Seminar
The First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces students to Dickinson as a "community of inquiry" by developing habits of mind essential to liberal learning. Through the study of a compelling issue or broad topic chosen by their faculty member, students will: - Critically analyze information and ideas - Examine issues from multiple perspectives - Discuss, debate and defend ideas, including one's own views, with clarity and reason - Develop discernment, facility and ethical responsibility in using information, and - Create clear academic writing The small group seminar format of this course promotes discussion and interaction among students and their professor. In addition, the professor serves as students' initial academic advisor. This course does not duplicate in content any other course in the curriculum and may not be used to fulfill any other graduation requirement.

PORT 101 Elementary Portuguese
An intensive study of the fundamentals of Portuguese grammar, with special attention given to pronunciation and oral expression. Composition and literary and cultural readings.

SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish
This course is designed for students who have never taken Spanish previously. The course focuses on all four language skills: listening, reading, writing, speaking, with an emphasis on vocabulary development and listening comprehension development. Prerequisite: No prior study of Spanish and permission of department.