David T. Gies
David T. Gies is Commonwealth Professor of Spanish and former chair of the Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese at the University of Virginia. He holds a B.A. from Penn State University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. An expert on the literature of Enlightenment and Romantic Spain, and contemporary Spanish film, Gies has published 12 books and critical editions of Spanish literature. He has authored more than 80 articles and 100 book reviews, and has lectured at universities in the United States, 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.