James León Weber

Assistant Instructional Professor in Spanish
Gates-Blake 203
Office Hours: Tuesday at 10:30; Thursday at 1:30 (via Zoom)

I was born in Quito, Ecuador and raised in Tucson, Arizona, not far from the U.S.-Mexico border. Whether at home, in school, or on the street, the Spanish language has always been an important presence in my life, and I'm thrilled to able to share whatever knowledge and experience I've accumulated over the years with my students. 

I originally moved to Chicago to pursue a B.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and I've had the good fortune of being able to live, work, and study in a number of different countries. In Denmark I earned an M.A. in European Studies from the Aarhus University, and after working for a year in Argentina, I moved to Barcelona to complete a Master in Translation Studies at Pompeu Fabra University, with a focus on literary translation. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, playing Brazilian music on my guitar (poorly), and gardening (with mixed results). 

Recent courses in RLL

  • SPAN 10200 Beginning Elementary Spanish II (Autumn 2019, Winter 2020, Autumn 2021, Winter 2024)
  • SPAN 10300 Beginning Elementary Spanish III (Spring 2020, Winter 2021, Winter 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023)
  • SPAN 20100 Language, History, and Culture I (Autumn 2017, Winter 2018, Autumn 2020)
  • SPAN 20200 Language, History, and Culture II (Spring 2021, Autumn 2023)
  • SPAN 20300 Language, History, and Culture III (Spring 2024)
  • SPAN 20302 Language, History, and Culture for Heritage Speakers II/III (Spring 2024)
  • SPAN 20400 Composición y conversación avanzada I (Spring 2018)
  • SPAN 20500 Composición y conversación avanzada II (Winter 2023)