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Francisco Brignole

Born and raised in Argentina, Francisco Brignole first came to the United States at age 19, thanks to a varsity tennis scholarship that allowed him to study at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

After earning a B.A. in economics as an undergraduate, he worked at the University of Hawaii’s Nagatani Academic Center for student-athletes while he completed his MBA.

“While working there, I started teaching small study groups in a variety of subjects, as well as mentoring and advising student-athletes from all over the U.S. and the world,” he said. “Little by little, I realized that teaching was my true vocation.”

After completing his Ph.D. in Literatures, Languages and Cultures of the Iberian Peninsula and the Americas at UNC-Chapel Hill, he is grateful to be an assistant professor of Spanish in the UNCW Department of World Languages and Cultures, which he joined last year.

“My foremost goal is to ensure that I am doing a good job in the classroom, since teaching is always a top priority for me,” he said. After designing and teaching a seminar on Southern Cone literature and culture last spring, this academic year he is teaching two survey courses for the first time, on Latin American Literature and Latin American Civilization.

This past summer, he published a co-edited volume on the literature of Argentinean writer María Teresa Andruetto. Three more publications - on Horacio Castellanos Moya, Lisandro Alonso, and Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa - are forthcoming.

As a faculty member, Brignole says he wants to do his share to help prepare students succeed in the face of changing economic trends, new technologies and globalization. “I remain very optimistic despite these challenges, because this generation of students is likely the most creative, open and embracing of difference to-date.”

“Not everyone has access to a quality university education,” he adds. “Therefore, students have the obligation to make the most out of their years at UNCW, so they become skillful, well-rounded individuals, who care deeply about their communities and the larger world.” 

-- Caroline Cropp