Dr. Muñoz, professor of Spanish at Winthrop, has been in the teaching profession for 23 years. In addition to Spanish language, culture, and literature courses, Muñoz has taught humanities courses. After receiving his undergraduate degree in European history from the University of Deusto (Bilbao, Spain, his hometown), he earned a master's and a Ph.D. in hispanic literatures from the University of Cincinnati. Muñoz’s main areas of research center on both Peninsular and Latin American cultures and on the Literary Essay, as well as on non-fiction, mainly biography and autobiography. He has a long record of articles and book-reviews on non-fiction with several academic journals. He is working on a book on American culture from a European’s perspective. In the last six years, Muñoz has focused on his textbook for Peninsular Civilization (España Ayer y Hoy, Prentice Hall), co-authored with Marcelino Marcos (University of Madrid). Now in its second edition, the book has been used so far in 70 American universities. Aware of the needs of the Hispanic community in the Carolinas, Muñoz has worked with immigrants in different capacities. With the help of the Thompson Scholarship he created a service-learning program to work with Latino children, and he does occasional legal interpretations for the courts of York County, S.C.
Muñoz is married to Lissa Bowman, a school psychologist for Charlotte-Mecklenberg schools and a part-time Winthrop instructor. The couple has one daughter.