Carnegie Mellon University

Susan Polansky

Susan Polansky

Head, Modern Languages & Teaching Professor of Hispanic Studies

Address Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue,
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


My teaching and research activities in Hispanic Studies, service learning, and the development of curricular materials have always been closely connected and have invigorated each other. Over the years, I have taught courses at all levels of the Hispanic Studies program, and most recently and regularly I have led the Department's Tutoring for Community Outreach service-learning course as well as offered topics courses focusing on Peninsular Spanish Studies.

My research in Peninsular Spanish literature focuses primarily on twentieth-century Spanish writers.  The Poet as Hero: Pedro Salinas and His Theater is a study of the senior member of the Spanish Generation of 1927 and his turn to writing plays in exile from Spain. My most recent book is an unabridged, student-friendly edition of the novel Abel Sánchez by Miguel de Unamuno (see  With an introduction, notes, and glossary, the edition is designed to promote students’ reading ability in Spanish and enhance appreciation of Unamuno’s incisive treatment of the passion of envy set in the context of Spanish history.