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Ana Maria Afzali

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Ana Afzali was born in Madrid and lived there until 1984.  She earned her Masters Degree and PHD in Spanish Languages and Literature from UCLA.  As a Historian and Medievalist, she has conducted research on the history and literature of both Spain and Portugal.  She currently serves as a tenured instructor at Citrus College in Los Angeles teaching Spanish language and culture courses.  Dr. Afzali brings over 27 years of experience in the teaching of Spanish Language, Literature and History. She has traveled through Spain and Portugal extensively where she is well regarded as an expert Spanish Medievalist. Professor Afzali is the recipient of the Del Amo Fellowship for her research in Medieval Literature in Spain in 1995.