Tony Grubbs Appointed Interim Chair of RCS

Associate Professor of Spanish Tony Grubbs has been appointed Interim Chair of the Department of Romance and Classical Studies. The two-year appointment, effective August 1, 2018, through August 15, 2020, was made in consultation with the Department of Romance and Classical Studies Advisory Committee.

Grubbs has served on the Michigan State University faculty since 2005 and currently is Associate Chair in MSU’s Department of Romance and Classical Studies. He has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses for the Department on a variety of topics that range from Spanish grammar to literature surveys, Don Juan, and graduate courses in medieval and early modern Spanish cultures and literatures.

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Professor Tony Grubbs


“It is a privilege to work with my colleagues as we continue to focus on the important research, innovative teaching, and meaningful outreach conducted by the members of RCS,” Grubbs said. “As such, we will continue to demonstrate the relevance of our work with the constituent languages and disciplines of the Department in the College, University, and beyond.”

As Interim Chair, Grubbs will serve as the chief representative of the Department and is responsible for educational, research, and service programs; budgetary and personnel matters; and physical facilities.

“It is my pleasure to appoint Dr. Grubbs as Interim Chair of the Department of Romance and Classical Studies,” said Christopher P. Long, Dean of the College of Arts & Letters. “He is an accomplished teacher, researcher, and scholar. I look forward to working in collaboration with him to raise our international reputation in language studies.”

He is an accomplished teacher, researcher, and scholar. I look forward to working in collaboration with him to raise our international reputation in language studies.

Dean Christopher P. Long

Grubbs received his Ph.D. in Spanish Literature from Indiana University in 2005. His research interests include early modern Spanish literature and culture, theatre history, performance theory, and hagiography.

His book, The Playwright’s Perspective: Innovative Dramaturgy and Its Poetics in Early Modern Spain, appeared in 2010 with University Press of the South. He also has published a number of peer-reviewed articles on early modern theatre and culture. In addition, his critical edition of Vida y muerte de San Cristóbal by Juan de Benavides is forthcoming in 2018. His current book project is on dramatic representations and visual culture having to do with the Saint Christopher legend in early and early modern Iberia.