Geoffrey Barrow

Professor of Spanish
Phone: (219) 989-2459Geoffrey Barrow



Ph.D., Brown University (1971)
A.M., Brown University (1968)
B.A., University of Leeds, U.K. (1966)


An adventurous intellect and an appetite for reading and language learning has produced an abiding and deep interest in Iberian and Spanish American language and literature. Engaging and interacting with students in basic language courses, practical Spanish for industries and professions, “Mingo” (born on Domingo/Sunday) embraces their new world of smartphones and tablets. Recognizing that an explosion of current criticism has produced much that is unnecessary or self-promoting tosh, Geoffrey Ridley Barrow has great misgivings about analysis that strays too far from the text.

His research strives at sensitive and scrupulous appreciation of Golden Age and modern poetry. Currently working on two book-length translations, events have also focused his attention on practical matters of university governance. He tries to be considerate and patient with even the seemingly least promising students, having seen amazing changes and achievements in former students. He attends University of Chicago Western Mediterranean Workshops, Department of Music performances, and events at Franke Institute for the Humanities.

Charity work embraces youth sail training on Lake Michigan and work among the homeless and forgotten.

He has three grandchildren, cooks for family and friends and sings in church on Sundays.