Emmanuel Harris II, Ph.D.

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Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, but with his roots in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, he received his Master’s and Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis where he was a Chancellor’s Fellow.  Currently he is an Associate Professor of Spanish at University of North Carolina at Wilmington. In addition to teaching all levels of Spanish language, culture and literature, Harris is also an instructor of African American Studies as well as  Latin American Studies courses. His travel and research experiences have included Spain, Mexico, Perú, Colombia, Costa Rica and the Caribbean as well as France and Morocco.   He has articles published in various academic journals such as the Afro-Hispanic Review and Palara. He was awarded Teacher of the Year in Washington University in 1996 and has been honored to have a service award established in his name in 2000 at Baker University where he formerly instructed. His first book, published in 2004 by  Swan Isle Press was an English translation of the Afro-Peruvian novel, Malambo by Lucía Charún-Illescas.  The translation was recognized by ForeWord Magazine as the year’s best translation.  He is the English translator of the Afro-Peruvian novel, Malambo by Lucía Charún-Illescas, published by Swan Isle Press and winner of  ForeWord Magazine’s first prize (gold medal) for Best Translation of 2004. He also is the English translator of the critically acclaimed collection of short stories, Over the Waves and Other Stories/ Sobre las olas y otros cuentos by the Afro-Cuban writer Inés María Martiatu. The book was the featured selection of the Cervantes Institute in Chicago for May 2009.Currently Harris is writing the autobiography of Herman Mitchell tentatively titled: The Last American Caddy: Herman Mitchell Professional Caddy to Lee Trevino and Others.  He resides in Wilmington with his wife, and two children .