Chad M. Gasta (Ph. D., Michigan State University) is Associate Professor of Spanish at Iowa State University where he serves as Director of International Studies and Co-Director of the Languages and Cultures for Professions program. Gasta also co-directs Iowa State's largest study abroad program, the ISU on the Mediterranean: Summer in Valencia, Spain, which features coursework in Spanish, engineering, business, and biology. He teaches courses on Spanish for business and the professions, Spanish Conversation for Professionals, contemporary Spain, as well as other courses related to the literatures and cultures of Spain and Latin America. Gasta has been honored with many university and college teaching awards, has been named a Master Teacher, and is the recipient of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences International Service Award as well as the Iowa State University International Service Award.
His research deals with early modern theater in Spain and the New World (especially opera), Cervantes, the picaresque, and global education through study abroad. His forthcoming monograph, Imperial Stagings: Empire and Ideology in Transatlantic Theater of Early Modern Spain and the New World, will be published by the University of North Carolina's Studies in Romance Languages and Literatures series. Another book on the first operas in Spain and the New World is under review. Current projects include working with a team of colleagues on a textbook, Spanish for Agriculture.