James Griesse Ph.D.James Griesse Ph.D.

Associate Professor Romance Languages
and Literature (Spanish)
Department of Humanities
Bluffton campus
Hargray 214

James M. Griesse, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of Humanities at USCB.

Dr. Griesse earned a B.A. in Spanish at Dartmouth College in 1990, and an M.A., also in Spanish, at the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1997. He earned a Ph.D. in Spanish at The Catholic University of America, a private university in Washington, D.C., in 2007. His dissertation was entitled, “Utopia and Postmodernism in Recent Latin American Fiction.”

As an undergraduate, Dr. Griesse participated in the Dartmouth Foreign Study Program, studying abroad in Salamanca, Spain, in the fall of 1987 and spending the academic year 1989 in Puebla, Mexico. After obtaining his graduate degree, Dr. Griesse visited Nicaragua in 2003 as part of the Global Exchange program. Global Exchange is an international human rights organization that promotes social, economic and environmental justice around the world. In 2004, he spent 10 days in Cuba as part of the Cuba AIDS Project. Cuba AIDS is a nonprofit, nonpolitical, nonreligious organization that supports Cuban patients with HIV/AIDS. In 2011, he taught a class on Cuba in a Post-Communist World at the Osher LifeLong Learning Institute at USCB.

The author of two publications, Dr. Griesse has presented at multiple conferences throughout the South and in Puerto Rico and Costa Rico. He has served as an advisor to USCB’s Spanish Club since 2010.

Dr. Griesse teaches Beginning Spanish II, Spanish American Civilization II, Literary Tendencies and Masterpieces of Spanish America I, and a Senior Seminar devoted to the in-depth study of selected subjects in Hispanic literature, culture or language.


Ph.D., Catholic University of America