Senior Lecturer of Spanish

In addition to the University of Chicago, UC Berkeley and Yale, Deborah has studied at the Universidad de Salamanca and the Universitat de Barcelona. She has studied literature in English, Spanish, French and Catalan and worked as an editor in English and Spanish. Her dissertation, completed in 1997, focused on detective fiction in post-Franco Spain. After earning her Ph.D., Deborah worked for ten years in trade book publishing as a literary agent and editor. In 2007 Deborah returned to academia and taught Spanish at Southern Connecticut State University and Yale University before coming to UVM in 2010, where she teaches introductory, intermediate, and advanced Spanish as well as introduction to literature.

Area of expertise:

Contemporary Peninsular narrative; Spanish language instruction

Research and/or Creative Works


Awards and Recognition

Associations and Affiliations

Modern Languages Association
Phi Beta Kappa
American Council for Teachers of Foreign Languages
Professor Deborah Cafiero

Areas of Expertise and/or Research


  • Ph.D. Contemporary Peninsular Literature, Yale University


  • (802) 656-0656
Office Location:

542 Waterman

Office Hours:

Spring 2020: TR 9-12

Courses Taught

  • SPAN 001: Elementary
  • SPAN 002: Elementary II
  • SPAN 051: Intermediate I
  • SPAN 052: Intermediate II
  • SPAN 101: Composition and Conversation
  • SPAN 140: Analyzing Hispanic Literatures