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Ilan Stavans

Ilan Stavans, Latin American studies educator, writer, essayist, translator, television host.


  • Stavans, Ilan was born on April 7, 1961 in Mexico City. Came to the United States, 1985. Son of Abraham Stavchansky and Ofelia Slomianski.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, University Autónoma Metropolitan, 1984. Master of Arts, Jewish Theological Seminary, 1987. Master of Arts, Columbia University, 1988.

      Mphil, Columbia University, 1989. Doctor of Philosophy, Columbia University, 1990.


    • Lewis Sebring professor, Latin American and Latino culture Amherst College, Massachusetts, since 1993, Five College 40th Anniversary professor, 2005—2009. Research scholar Institute Latin American Studies, University London, 1998-1999.


    • Dictionary Days
    • The whole of The Catcher in the Rye is in the Oxford English Dictionary, waiting to be unscrambled, and so are all the novels of our past, present, and immediate future en·thu·si·ast Function: noun : a person filled with enthusiasm : as a: one who is ardently attached to a cause, object, or pursuit b: one who tends to become ardently absorbed in an interest A dictionary, despite its heroic effort to pin down language, is destined for failure the moment a single word is printed; language, with its eternal mutations, is forever uncontainable.
    • Spanglish: The Making of a New American Language (Spanish Edition)
    • In exploring the formation of Spanglish, award-winning essayist Ilan Stavans reflects on, andalso codifies, the most transforming linguisticphenomena in America in the last one hundredyears -- one that may predict our future as a nation and that of our entire hemisphere.
    • With All Thine Heart: Love and the Bible
    • Is the Bible actually a love story between a deity and a people? And what does this love story have to do with the modern world? In With All Thine Heart distinguished cultural critic Ilan Stavans speaks to freelance writer Mordecai Drache about love in the Bible.


    • Married Alison Sparks, June 25, 1988. Children: Joshua, Isaiah.
    • father: Abraham Stavchansky
    • mother: Ofelia Slomianski
    • spouse: Alison Sparks
    • children: Joshua Stavans
    • Isaiah Stavans
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    Born April 7, 1961
    (age 56)
    • 1984
      University Autónoma Metropolitan
    • 1987
      Jewish Theological Seminary
    • 1988
      Columbia University
    • 1989
      Columbia University
    • 1990
      Columbia University
    • 1993
      Lewis Sebring professor
      Massachusetts, United States