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Benjamin Garcia Egea

Title: Instructor of Spanish
Department: Languages, Literatures & Cultures
College of Arts and Sciences
Office: J. Welsh Humanities Office Building 609
Ben Garcia Egea


University of South Carolina; Columbia, SC (August 2014 - May 2018)                      
Doctoral Degree in Spanish (Ph.D.)      
University of South Carolina; Columbia, SC (August 2014 - May 2016)                      
Women’s and Gender Studies Certificate 
West Virginia University; Morgantown, WV (August 2008 - May 2010)                      
Master of Arts in Foreign Languages, Major in Spanish, and Minor in TESOL 
Birmingham University; Birmingham, United Kingdom (September 2005 - July 2006)
Awarded Erasmus scholarship to study abroad
University of Murcia; Murcia, Spain (September 2003 - July 2008)                     
Bachelor’s Degree and M.A. in English Language, Literature and Culture


Originally from Murcia, Spain, Benjamin Garcia Egea moved to the United States in 2008. He has an M.A. in Spanish and TESOL from West Virginia University, and he also received a Doctoral degree in Spanish (2014-2018) and a Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies, both from the University of South Carolina.
His dissertation was entitled: “Estrategias feministas y el avance de la mujer en la España del siglo XIX: Prensa y librepensamiento” (Feminist Strategies and the Advancement of Women in 19th-Century Spain: Press and Freethinking). His doctoral research centers on three women writers, whose works in periodicals contributed to the rise of feminism in Spain: Cándida Sanz, Rita Arañó and Isabel Peña. These Spanish authors from lower-middle classes were promoting freethinking, secular education, and equal rights for women in the press in the 1870s. The main purpose of his investigation is to give well-deserved recognition to these women and their historically marginalized voices.
Furthermore, Benjamin Garcia Egea has taught all levels of Spanish courses as well as Hispanic literature and culture courses at three major and diverse universities: West Virginia University (2008-2010), Marshall University (2010-2014) and the University of South Carolina (2014-2022).
Benjamin has been an Instructor of Spanish at the University of South Carolina since 2014, first as a graduate teaching assistant, and then promoted in 2018 to full-time instructor. He is currently serving as the SPAN 209 (Intermediate Spanish I) and SPAN 210 (Intermediate Spanish II) Coordinator, in charge of coordinating and creating materials for all instructors teaching these courses. Currently, Garcia Egea teaches Spanish language courses, especially at the 100-300 levels.

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