Faculty Profile

Margarita Vargas.

Margarita Vargas

Associate Professor
Romance Languages and Literatures


  • PhD, Spanish American Literature, The University of Kansas, 1985
  • BA, Spanish Literature, Yale University, 1979

Professional experience:

  • Director of Graduate Studies, Spanish American Literature, University at Buffalo

What mentoring means to me:

One of the best mentoring experiences I have had at UB was through my participation in the Gender Institute. Having the opportunity to work alongside women who knew the structure of the institution taught me how to negotiate better, how to overcome the obstacles we encounter in our careers, and offered valuable support regarding personal and professional issues.

Topics I am willing to discuss with students:

Minority Experiences

  • Being a woman and related discrimination.
  • Sexual and/or gender minority status and related discrimination.

Academic Culture

  • Dealing with politics and conflict with faculty or peers.
  • Decoding and demystifying academic culture and norms.