Originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana, Dr. Deiser received his Ph.D. from Indiana University in 2005 and has lived and worked in Little Rock since 2003. Prior to his arrival in Little Rock, he lived in Spain on three occasions, including a year as an undergraduate exchange student at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid and another as a graduate exchange student at the Universitat Central de Barcelona.
His approach to teaching begins with the understanding that students are individuals with a personal history, a distinctive learning style, and individual talents and interests. He takes these factors into consideration to make every student feel comfortable enough to participate freely and actively in his classes. He regularly offers courses in which he and his students explore the literature(s) and culture(s) of Spain. Having lived in three different regions (Castilla, Andalucía, and Catalunya), he provides students with a comprehensive and unique portrait of Spain. Students learn that Spain is a nation comprised of various cultures, some of which have their own language, customs, and literary tradition. Over the last eighteen years, he has had the opportunity to design and teach many seminar courses in his area of specialization: The Generation of ’98; The Spanish Novel in the Twentieth Century; The Spanish Detective Novel; Catalan Women Writers; and Barcelona: A Literary Portrait, to name a few. In these classes, he and his students conduct a close reading of the text in conjunction with a thorough analysis of the cultural, social, political, and historical contexts in which the text was produced.
He also enjoys teaching lower-level language courses as well as advanced-level skills courses and finds it very gratifying to see students’ proficiency grow as they advance in their language studies.
Dr. Deiser’s principal interest in research lies with urban narratives. His research explores how urban narratives have created a dynamic dialogue with the social, historical, and political discourses, as well as with the economic and cultural phenomena taking place in Spain and, more specifically, Catalonia during the latter half of the twentieth century and the beginning of the twenty-first century. Since he became chair of the department in 2017, the focus of his research has turned to assessment, curriculum design, and pedagogy.
Outside of academia, he enjoys oil painting outdoors. In fact, if you visit him during office hours, you’ll get to see a few of his paintings. On weekends he and his wife like to go dancing, whether ballroom, salsa, or swing, shop estate sales and hang out with their dogs, Amos and Ziggy, and their cats, Prince and Petey.