Maida Watson, Ph.D., is Professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages in the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs at Florida International University.
Maida Watson holds a Ph.D. in Romance Languages from the University of Florida and a Master's degree in Finance from Florida International University. She earned a B.A. in History and French from Agnes Scott College. During her 40-year-long career at FIU, Watson has held various teaching and administrative roles, including chairwoman of the Department of Modern Languages from 1994–1997 and 2002–2005. She currently teaches Spanish at the graduate level and is a foreign language coordinator for the Center for International Business Education & Research (CIBER) in the College of Business Administration.
Dr. Watson is the author or editor of seven books and monographs and 33 articles about Latin American literature and languages in international business. She has also written extensively about women playwrights in Peru, Panamanian poetry, and Cuban exile theater. She has received research grants from the Fulbright-Hays Program, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the U.S.-Spain Joint Committee, and the American Philosophical Society.
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