Illinois Wesleyan University is pleased to announce that Dr. Michael Weis, Professor of History, will direct the 2013 Spain Program. As part of the program, he will teach “Imperial Spain,” which will investigate the rise and decline of the Spanish Empire from the creation of the modern Spanish state with the marriage of Fernando and Isabella through the conclusion of the Spanish-American War, when Spain lost its remaining colonies, and on to present-day Spain.
Trained at The Ohio State University, Professor Weis has taught at Illinois Wesleyan since 1988. In 2005, he was director of the IWU London Program, and is the recipient of both the Student Senate's "Teacher of the Year" award and the University's award for Teaching Excellence.
Prof. Weis specializes in U.S. foreign relations, recent U.S. history and Latin American history with a special interest in Brazil. He is the author of Cold Warriors and Coups d'Etat: Brazilian American Relations, 1945-1964 and more than a dozen articles on U.S.-Latin American relations.