Fiore, Robert L
Professor Emeritus

Professor Emeritus

Department of Spanish & Portuguese University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721-0067



Ph.D. Romance Languages, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
M.A. Spanish, Middlebury College in Spain Universidad de Madrid and Salamanca
B.A. Iona College



The University of Arizona, Professor of Spanish
Michigan State University, Professor of Spanish & Italian, Assistant Dean


-    Knight of the Civil Order of Alfonso X, bestowed by the King Juan Carlos of Spain

-    “Order of Don Quijote” Sigma Delta Pi, National Spanish Honor Society

University of Arizona
-    Graduate Advising/Mentoring Award, College of Humanities
-    Outstanding University Achievements Awards
-    Recognition Outstanding Professor, Honors College

State of Michigan
-    Educator of the Year, Michigan World Languages Association

Michigan State University
-    Alumni Teacher’s Award, College of Arts and Letters
-    Robert Fiore Student Book Scholarship Endowed by College Alumni Association


-    Lazarillo de Tormes, Twayne, Boston (invited)
-    Lazarilllo de Tormes, edition, Pegasus Press (invited)
-    Drama and Ethos: Natural Law in Spanish Golden Age Theater, U of Kentucky Press

Articles & Presentations published/presented in USA, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Brazil, Northern Ireland



University of Arizona
-    Julia Dominguez, “Cartografías imaginarias, La creación de espacios utópicos en Lazarillo de Tormes, El Quijote y La Relación de Cabeza de Vaca” (Honorable Mention, Best Dissertation, U of Arizona)
-    Danny Brunette Lopez, “ Laughing at the Past: Humor in the Spanish Picaresque”

Michigan State University
-    Chad Gasta, "The Politics of Ideology in the Golden Age Comedias and Opera" (published)
-    Antonia Petro, "Sacrificio y Violencia Social en la Comedia, Poética del Ritual" (published)
-    Deborah Dougherty, "The Heroic Denial of Death in Dramas of the Golden Age" (published)
-    Dianne Wright, "Orality and Textuality in the Spanish Sentimental Romance"
-    Alison Ridley, "The Use of Silence in Four Spanish Picaresque Novels"
-    Jorge Ed Sorensen, "Tirso de Molina: las tres comedias del viejo testamento"


Short Biography                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I was born in New York City. I came to the University of Arizona from Michigan State University where I was a Professor of Spanish and Italian and Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Letters. I received my B.A. in Spanish from Iona College with minors in Philosophy and Italian, my M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College (University of Madrid and Salamanca), and my Ph.D. in Romance Languages from UNC, Chapel Hill, with minors in Italian and French. My interests lie in Spanish Golden Age Theater,  Spanish and Latin American Picaresque novels and Golden Age Theater. I am the proud mentor of my PhD graduate students who are talented prize-winning teachers and productive scholars. I acted in 6 plays (short roles), and I sang in the chorus of "La Traviata" and "Tosca." My outside interests are playing salsa with a conjunto, and paddleball with colleagues and graduate students. I wish I could take lessons and play the vibraphone like Milt Jackson.