Languages and Cultures

West Chester University

Dr. Mahmoud Amer
Department Chairperson
224 Mitchell Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: 610-436-2700
Fax: 610-436-3048

Megan Saltzman 


Assistant Professor of Languages 
Ph.D. and M.A. University of Michigan 

B.A. Residential College, University of Michigan 





Research interests
Global Peninsular Cultural Studies (Urbanism, Architecture, Public Space, Film, Novel, Political Resistance, Immigration, Multiculturalism, Social Media, Photography, Catalan and Basque Regionalisms); Everyday Life, Globalization, and Urban Studies Theory; Critical Pedagogy; Asian-Hispanic Relations.


  • “Immigration and Rhizomatic Itineraries of Resistance in the Global City: Reflections on two films: Si nos dejan and Raval, Raval.” Cowritten with Javier Entrambasaguas. Chapter in book Local Cities, Global Spaces: Towards a Multicultural Configuration of Spain. Eds. Ana Corbalán and Ellen Mayock. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. 2014, pp.71-84.
  • “Nostalgia urbana: La Barcelona posfranquista" chapter in book: Cruce de vías: una mirada oceánica a la Cultura Hispánica, Rogelio Guedea, ed., Aldus SA: México DF, 2010, pp. 359-396.
  • "Gentrification and Spatial Tactics in José Luis Guerín’s En construcción.” Conference proceedings. City in Film. Julia Hallam, et al., eds., University of Liverpool Press: England, 2008, pp. 219-225.

Recent Conferences

  • “Everyday Forms of Control in the Battle for Public Space in Barcelona.” The Urban History Conference. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. October 9-12, 2014.
  • "Urban Immigration as an inclusive community of resistance in Spanish documentaries.” ACLA conference. New York City. March 22, 2014.
  • “Espacios autogestionados: documenting and living in La ciudad jubilida (photo essay).” University of Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. April 18-20, 2013.
  • “Marc Recha´s Anachronistic Landscapes.” University of Auckland, New Zealand. June 3, 2011.
  • “’Loose Spaces’ Challenge the City’s Tourist Image.” “Space of Flows” Conference. University of Monash and Illinois-Urbane Champaigne. Prato, Italy. November 17-19, 2011.

Spanish 407/537: Contención histórica en la cultura contemporánea peninsular
Spanish 321: Culturas de Hispanoamérica
Spanish 320: Culturas de España
Spanish 302: Conversation, Grammar Review, and Composition
Spanish 202: Intermediate Spanish II
Spanish 201: Intermediate Spanish I
Spanish 101: Introduction to Spanish Language I
ESP 319: Cultural Realities of Spain (English “Culture Cluster”)
ESP 305: Contemporary Spanish Film (English "Culture Cluster")

Other interests
History of Spanish and Japanese textiles, Moorish Spain, Photography, Blogging and Creative Writing, “Situationism” and “Psychogeography”, Gender in contemporary Asian cinema and manga, Dark humor genre (Horacio Quiroga, Edward Gorey, Roald Dahl, contemporary Korean cinema…), Contemporary Japanese literature.