Jonathan Wade is an Associate Professor of Spanish Languages in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Meredith College. After obtaining both his BA (2003) and MA (2005) in Spanish from BYU, he went on to Vanderbilt University, completing his PhD in 2009. His primary research focuses on the cultural cross-pollination that occurred between Spain and Portugal during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. He has published in journals such as the Bulletin of the Comediantes andHispania and is in the process of finalizing a book manuscript titled Lusophilia in a Spanish Costume: Rethinking Early ModernIberian Literature. He has taught beginning and intermediate courses in Spanish language, conversation, and composition; introductory literature courses; surveys on poetry, theater, and Spanish literature; and honors colloquia on Don Juan and Don Quixote.
He spent most of 1997-2000 in Argentina and Brazil, developing a deep and abiding love for Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin America. His career took a permanent detour in 2001, however, when he took courses in Spanish Golden Age Theater and Don Quixote in consecutive semesters. Within a year he would find himself in La Mancha in pursuit of adventures and inspiration for an honors thesis. He would find both during his initial five-week visit to Spain. In the dozen years since, Cervantes's novel has been a constant in his research and teaching. What is more, he has had the opportunity to take students to study abroad in Spain on two occasions. He enjoys gifting copies of the Quixote to friends, family, and other idle readers who express interest.