Hispanic Studies
Department Chair:
Sebastiaan Faber
Peters Hall 404

Administrative Assistant:
Blanche Villar

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-5256
Fax: (440) 775-6888

Peters Hall 301
50 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Matthew I. Feinberg

Matthew I. Feinberg

Visiting Assistant Professor and Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow

Contact Information


Rice 16
(440) 775-8841

Personal Office Hours:
Monday and Wednesday 2:30-3:30 and by appointment.

Personal Web Site:

Matthew I. Feinberg

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, Middlebury College
  • Master of Arts, Colorado State University, 2002
  • Master of Arts, Middlebury College, 2005
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Kentucky, 2011

Professor Matthew Feinberg received his Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from the University of Kentucky in 2011. His area of specialization is in the literatures and cultures of twentieth- and twenty-first century Spain. He is particularly interested in using the study of Spanish theater to explore the intersection of Literary Studies and Cultural Geography and highlight the ways that cultural products (theater in this case) have very concrete material impacts on urban space. With the support of a Fulbright Research Grant, Professor Feinberg spent the 2011 academic year in Madrid preparing a manuscript that modifies the term “spectacle” used by Guy Debord in his critique of the mass media’s imbrications with capitalist modes of production by illustrating how a set of dramatic texts, theater productions, and modern architecture transform the urban landscape into a metaphoric theater space for the production of local, national, and global identities. The work focuses primarily on the iconic, multicultural, and often-underserved neighborhood of Lavapiés, Madrid located in the Embajadores district of the capital. While studying the dynamic between official cultural institutions, the cultural work of centro sociales okupados [squatted social centers], and contemporary dramaturgy, this work connects the production of space in Lavapiés with the global currents of resistance found in the urban spectacle of the indignados [the outraged] of the 15th of May movement in Spain and the Occupy Wall Street movement here in the United States.

Prior to coming to Oberlin, Professor Feinberg taught at the University of Kentucky and had the opportunity to teach courses in the beginner and intermediate Spanish language/culture sequence as well as more advanced courses like Spanish Conversation, Advanced Grammar and Syntax, and Introduction to Translation. Professor Feinberg has also taught classes in the English Department at Colorado State University that include Writing Arguments, The Study of Literature, Twentieth-Century Fiction, and other courses in Rhetoric and Composition. In both his language and literature classes, he emphasizes the intrinsic dynamic between culture and language and challenges students to consider the productive nature of narrative and the powerful ways that it constructs and naturalizes our cultural and spatial understanding of the world.