Jose A. Sainz, Associate Professor of Spanish, earned a Ph.D. (2001) in peninsular Spanish literature from the University of Maryland at College Park, an M.A. (1996) in foreign languages and Spanish literature from West Virginia University, and a Licenciatura (1993) in English philology from the Universidad de Deusto, Spain.
Dr. Sainz’s articles have appeared in La Nueva Literatura Hispánica, La Torre, and República de las Letras. His scholarly work examines exile studies and narratives, testimony, and autobiographical writing in the context of the Spanish Civil War. He also has served as a textbook reviewer for NSC Pearson Publishers, Heinle & Heinle Publishers, and John Wiley & Sons, Publishers, as well as a translator for Monotype Composition Co., Inc., the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and National Geographic Television.
He is a member of the Modern Language Association, the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages, and Twentieth-Century Spanish Association of America. He currently is director of the University’s Center for International Education.
He is an authoritative source on the history, politics, and culture of 20th-century Spain. He teaches Spanish language, culture, and civilization courses as well as Spanish translation and Spanish cinema.
Dr. Sainz currently serves as the Director of UMW’s Center for International Education
Areas of Expertise (8)
Education Abroad Program Development
Student Global Mobility and Exchanges
International Student Recruiting
F-1 and J-1 Programs
Foreign Language Teaching
University of Maryland at College Park: Ph.D., Spanish Literature 2001
West Virginia University: M.A., Foreign Languages and Spanish Literature 1996
Universidad de Deusto, Spain: Licenciatura, English Philology 1993
- Modern Language Association
- American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
- American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages
- Twentieth-Century Spanish Association of America
Experience Inspires Spaniard to Guide Students AbroadUniversity of Mary Washington Magazine
Spring 2013 Jose Sainz was 18 when he left his home in the bustling city of Bilbao, Spain, to live with a host family in a one-stoplight Michigan town. “Being flown out to the middle of Detroit, it was like, ‘Where do I go from here?’ ” Sainz, UMW associate professor of Spanish, said about the start of his experience as an exchange student in the ’80s. But confusion turned to confidence as he got used to American culture and learned to thrive in it...
Students Explore New Cultures with UMW’s Summer TripsUniversity of Mary Washington News
For Jose Sainz, director of the Center for International Education and associate professor of Spanish, the Spain for All program’s success is due to its emphasis on academic, cultural and personal experiences and its ability to adapt to students’ needs. Although the program started 10 years ago solely with Spanish courses, now it offers courses across disciplines, as well as service learning opportunities and internships. “After a decade leading students, we still get messages on Facebook and emails from students who are now long gone from campus indicating that attending the program was one of the highlights of their time at UMW,” Sainz, leader of the trip, said...