William Stark

UConn Graduate Assistant


BA French – Western Washington University

MA Hispanic Studies – University of Rhode Island

PhD Candidate Spanish Studies – University of Connecticut at Storrs

Areas of Expertise

Multi-media Art, Performance Studies, Border Studies, Spanish


Stark is a PhD candidate at University of Connecticut whose academic trajectory began with French Studies at Western Washington University. As a graduate student at University of Rhode Island, Stark explored transcultural performance art and the works of Mexican-cum-Chicano multimedia performance artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña and La Pocha Nostra. Stark’s work investigates the sociocultural and sociopolitical concerns that have characterized transcultural performance art in the United States in recent years. 

Stark is one of the founding editors of the The Quiet Corner Interdisciplinary Journal, a peer reviewed, open access publication at University of Connecticut. Stark is also the recipient of several research awards that include the Grant for the Enhancement of Graduate Research and Scholarship at the University of Rhode Island; several Pre-Doctoral Awards from El Instituto; a Predoctoral Summer Research Award from the Department of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages; a Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from UConn Grad School; and, a Multicultural Scholar Fellowship from University of Connecticut. Stark has presented papers on a variety of subjects in American history, performance art, and literature at conferences such as the New England American Studies Association, NECLAS, NeMLA, and the International Hispanic Theatre Festival of Miami.


Contact Information
Office LocationOak Hall 211
CampusIntermediate Spanish 1003: MO|WE 1:25-3:05; Major Works of Hispanic Lit in Translation 1007: MO|WED|FRI 11:15-12:05; Spanish Conversation Cultural Topics 3179 Tu|Th 9:30-10:45
Office HoursStorrs campus: TU|TH 11:00-12:00, or by appointment; Hartford campus: MO|WED|FRI 12:15-1:15