Ryan A. Spangler, PhD
Ryan A. Spangler, PhD

Ryan A. Spangler, PhD

Associate Professor
College of Arts and Sciences


  • 19th and 20th Century Spanish American Modernismo, Vanguardia
  • Spanish American Theater

Academic Appointments


  • Modern Languages and Literatures


  • Associate Professor

Teaching Activity

  • Faculty Led Program Abroad
  • Latin American Civilization and Culture
  • Spanish American Literature and Literary Criticism
  • Spanish Composition
  • Spanish Grammar and Conversation
  • Spanish Translation


Dr. Ryan Spangler joined the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures in 2007 from the University of Kentucky, where he received his Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies. He received is M.A. in Spanish American Literature and his B.A. in Spanish both from Brigham Young University. Dr. Spangler specializes in the poetry of the Cuban writer and revolutionary, José Martí. He is co-editor of a forthcoming critical anthology on the works of Martí (Syncing the Americas: José Martí and the Shaping of National Identity, U of Bucknell P, 2017), and is currently working on a translation of Martí's collection of poetry, Versos libres. Dr. Spangler is also the recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award for Teaching Achievement.

Publications and Presentations


  • ”Modern Tensions in the Poetics of José Martí.” Syncing the Americas: José Martí and the Shaping of National Identity. Edited by Georg Schwarzmann and Ryan A. Spangler. University of Bucknell Press., Other, 2017
  • Versos libres. José Martí. Trans. Ryan A. Spangler. , 2017


  • “Ninguna patria tengo yo: Cuba’s Poetic and Political Redemption in José Martí.”, Journal of Critical Southern Studies, 3, 72-95, 2015
  • Spangler, R. A. Deshanciendo la desmemoria: historia y ficcion en el teatro de Haffe Serulle, Anagnorisis, 2013, 38-50, 2013


  • “Bridging Concepts: Independence’s Sacred Sacraments in Versos libres. La Habana Elegenta. Under Review, La Habana Elegante, 2017
  • Organization and Annotations to José Martí.” Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism (NCLC) Vol 313. New York: LPP Publishing Gale Cengage. 2015, 111-248., Cengage Learning, 313, 111-248, 2015
  • Spangler, R. A. Patrias perdidas: poesia y politica en la poesia de Jose Marti, International Conference for the Equilibrium of the World, 2013
  • Spangler, R. A. La solidaridad del sufrimiento: crisis y critica en la poesia de Buben Dario., Proceeding of the International Symposium, 2011

Editing and Reviews

  • Syncing the Americas: José Martí and the Shaping of National Identity. Co-editor with Georg Schwarzmann. Bucknell University Press. Forthcoming November 2017., Other, 326, 2017
  • Review of José Martí, the United States, and Race. by Anne Fountain. La Habana Elegante ., Other, 56:2, Online, 2016


  • “‘Conceptos de la vida’”: Vice and Virture in the Poetry of Versos libres.” Invited Lecturer. Martí in Tampa: International Conference on José Martí. University of South Florida, University of Tampa, April 14-16, 2016., 2016
  • “Cholo u hombre: Representation and Revolution in the Theater of Victor Zavala Cataño.” XIII Conferencia Internacional de Literatura Hispánica. Cartagena de las Indias, Colombia, March 12-14, 2014., 2014
  • “Syncing the Americas: José Martí and the New Modernity.” Faculty Friday Guest Lecturer. Creighton University, April 5, 2013., 2013
  • “De-mystifying a Demi-god: New Readings on a Cuban Revolutionary.” Invited Guest Lecturer. Brigham Young University, March 29, 2013., 2013
  • “Patrias perdidas: poesía y política en la poesía de José Martí.” III Conferencia Internacional Por el Equilibrio del Mundo. La Havana, Cuba, January 28-31, 2013., 2013
  • “Deshaciendo la desmemoria: historia y ficción en la obra de Haffe Serulle.” XI Conferencia Internacional de Literatura Hispánica. Cusco, Perú, March 7-9, 2012., 2012

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • José Martí, Ruben Darío, modernismo 20th century Vanguardia Teatro campesino in Sendero Luminoso

Current Research Projects

    • Sacred symbology in the poetry of José Martí
    • Translation of Versos libres into English

Awards and Honors

  • Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award for Teaching Achievement, Creighton University, 2012
  • Dean's Award for Major Advising, College of Arts and Sciences, Creighton University, 2012