Vincent Barletta

Teacher, Writer, and Father in Palo Alto, CA

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Vincent Barletta is an author and tenured professor of Comparative Literature and Iberian and Latin American Cultures at Stanford University. He is also a research associate at Stanford's Europe Center and associated faculty in the Center for African Studies, the Center for Latin American studies, and the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies.

Barletta's primary areas of research and teaching include medieval and early modern Iberian literature, Iberian Islam, Portuguese literature, literature and linguistic anthropology, and literature and philosophy. He also writes on technology and cultural issues in various online platforms.

Barletta has written several books. His latest is Rhythm: Form and Dispossession (Chicago, 2020). The book discusses rhythm as a philosophical concept from Ancient Greece through to 20th-century African thought and to the present. He is also the author of Death in Babylon: Alexander the Great and Iberian Empire in the Muslim Orient (Chicago, 2010) and Covert Gestures, Crypto-Islamic Literature as Cultural Practice in Early Modern Spain (Univ of Minnesota, 2005), for which he won the 2007 La corónica book prize.

Vincent Barletta is the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship (2021). He has also served as Visiting Professor at Sapienza University, Rome (2023) and was the 2019-20 recipient of the Kay Philips Award for Outstanding Adult Ally at Youth Community Service. Vincent has also has won numerous research and teaching collaboration grants.

  • Work
    • Stanford University
  • Education
    • UCLA
    • St. Mary's College of California