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Jeremy Cass

Dean of Faculty; Professor of Spanish

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Jeremy joined the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures in 2004. He has taught elementary and intermediate Spanish, Latin American literature and civilization, first-year writing seminars on Latin American topics, and interdisciplinary LAS seminars with colleagues in MLL, History, and Philosophy. He has traveled extensively with Furman students in Spain and Latin America. He publishes and presents on a variety of Latin American literary topics. He served as Coordinator of the Spanish section and chaired various standing faculty committees before joining the Academic Leadership Team as Associate Academic Dean in July 2017. Following a national search, Jeremy was named Dean of Faculty in May 2020.

As Dean of Faculty, Jeremy has primary responsibility for and oversight of the management of Furman’s undergraduate academic programs, including our 25 academic departments, programs, and interdisciplinary minors. He provides extensive support for faculty in their efforts to provide a transformational education for our students and in the development and enrichment of their own scholarly profiles. He partners with Provost Beth Pontari to recruit and retain faculty and works closely with the Associate Deans and other colleagues on the Academic Leadership Team to make sure that our programmatic initiatives and structures are in productive alignment with The Furman Advantage.

A graduate of the Furman class of 2000 with a B.A. cum laude in Spanish, Jeremy completed graduate work in Hispanic Studies at the University of Kentucky, earning M.A. (2003) and Ph.D. (2004) degrees with honors in Latin American literature.  Jeremy’s wife, Anna Lang Cass ‘00, an epidemiologist by training, is an Associate Professor of Health Sciences at Furman, where she teaches courses in wellness, public health, research methods, and epidemiology, and a graduate course in Community Engaged Medicine. They have three children - Addy, Charlie, and Oliver.


  • Cass, Jeremy L. “Memory, Displacement, and Reintegration in Alberto Fuguet’s ‘Santiago.’” Hispanófila 179 (January 2017): 173-186.
  • Cass, Jeremy L. “The Hypothetical Homeland: Looking for Cuba in Hijuelos’s Our House in the Last World, A Simple Habana Melody, and Thoughts Without Cigarettes.” In Negotiating Latinidades, Understanding Identities within Space. Ed. Kathryn Quinn-Sánchez. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2015. 111-131.​
  • Cass, Jeremy L. "Imagining Cuba in Hijuelos's A Simple Habana Melody." Label Me Latina/o: Journal of Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries Latino Production. 2.3 (Fall 2012): 1-17.
  • Cass, Jeremy L. "Why Is No One Talking about Memoria de mis putas tristes?" South Atlantic Review 76.1 (2011): 113-128.
  • Cass, Jeremy L. "Deciphering Sedition in Sab: Avellaneda's Transient Engagement with Abolitionism." Romance Quarterly 57.3 (2010): 183-204.
  • Cass, Jeremy L. "Finding a Place for ¡Ecué-Yamba-O!: Carpentier's Tenuous Dialogue with Afrocubanismo." Romance Notes 49.3. (2009): 313-322.
  • Cass, Jeremy L. "Black Aesthetic/White Poets: The Vogue of 'Afro-Cuban Poetry' in the Republic." Latin American Literary Review XXXVII 74 (2009): 38-62.
  • Cass, Jeremy L. "Race and Resistance in Del amor y otros demonios." The Latin Americanist 53.4 (2009): 49-70.
  • Cass, Jeremy L. "Performing the Mulatto Paradox in Arriví's Vejigantes." Latin American Theatre Review 41.2 (2008): 17-28.
  • Cass, Jeremy L. "La polémica del esteticismo en la poesía modernista de Luis Lloréns Torres." La Torre: Revista de la Universidad de Puerto Rico 9 (2004): 1-15.​