David T. Gies is Commonwealth Professor of Spanish and former Chairman of the Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese at the University of Virginia. Professor Gies holds a BA from Penn State University and an MA and PhD from the University of Pittsburgh. An expert on the literature of Enlightenment and Romantic Spain, and contemporary Spanish film, Professor Gies has published twelve books and critical editions of Spanish literature, including ‘The Cambridge Companion to Modern Spanish Culture’ (1999), ‘Theatre and Politics in Nineteenth-Century Spain’ (Cambridge, 1988) and ‘The Theatre in Nineteenth-Century Spain’ (Cambridge, 1994; Spanish version, 1996), which won honorable mention from Phi Beta Kappa in Virginia. He has authored more than eighty articles and one hundred book reviews, and has lectured at universities in the US, Canada, England, Italy, Germany, France, Argentina and Spain. He edits ‘DIECIOCHO’, a journal dedicated to the study of the Spanish Enlightenment, and has been awarded numerous grants from agencies such as the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, and the Spanish Ministry of Culture. In 1992 he won the University of Virginia Outstanding Teaching Award. In 1999-2000 he served as Chair of the Faculty Senate, and in October 2000 he was awarded the highest recognition presented to a member of the University of Virginia community, the Thomas Jefferson Award. His most recent publication is the ‘Cambridge History of Spanish Literature.’ Mr. Gies served as Academic Dean for the first UVa voyage of Semester at Sea, Summer 2007, and in October 2007, he was named Encomendador de Número de la Orden de Isabel la Católica, a knighthood granted by S. M. Juan Carlos, King of Spain.