Samuel G. Armistead
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Spanish
Ph.D., Princeton University
Medieval Spanish language and literature, Hispanic folk literature, comparative literature, folklore
He is currently writing a multi-volume series devoted to the traditional literature of the Sephardic Jews. Since 1975, he has done extensive field work on Spanish dialects, dating from the colonial period (18th century), still spoken in Louisiana. His Spanish Tradition in Louisiana was published in 1992. He is currently at work on additional aspects of Louisiana Spanish and its oral literature.
He has published widely on Medieval Spanish Literature, Modern Hispanic Oral Literature, and Comparative Literature. He is author (co-author, editor, or co-editor) of over twenty book-length publications, together with several hundred articles, on these topics. He has recently published a monographic study on the Medieval Spanish Epic. The first volume of a six-volume collaborative edition of Portuguese traditional romances from the Azores Islands was published in 2003. He is currently working on subsequent volumes.
Honors and Awards
Medieval Academy of America (Fellow, 1973); Doctor of Humane Letters (Georgetown University, 1990); American Folklore Society (Fellow, 1991); Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española (Miembro Correspondiente, 1998); U.C. Davis Faculty Research Lecturer (1998-1999); Premio Internacional Elio Antonio de Nebrija (1999); Distinguished Lecturer in Medieval Studies (Arizona State University, Tempe, 2000); U.C. Davis Distinguished Professor (2003); elected foreign Corresponding Member, Real Academia Española (June 2009); awarded Doctorate honoris causa, Universidad de Alcalá (Madrid, December 2010).