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Faculty: Marilyn Bierling

Marilyn BierlingMarilyn Bierling, Professor

Director, Advanced Semester in Peru 2013

(616) 526-8540
Office: Hiemenga 403

Educational background

BA Calvin College 1971
MA (Romance Linguistics) University of Michigan 1974
PhD (Spanish) Michigan State University 1990

Academic interests

Pronoun usage in Central America; Sephardic Spanish; Phoenician colonization of Spain; Hispanic immigration to the U.S.; Cuban refugees in the U.S.

Recent activities

  • Spanish Department Chair 2004-2008.
  • Director of Spanish off-campus programs in Honduras, Mexico (Yucatan), Spain, and Peru.


Middle Eastern, Spanish, Mayan, and Peruvian archaeology; traveling; camping; hiking; language learning; skiing; swimming; piano; guitar.

Spanish-speaking countries visited

All, except Equatorial Guinea, Colombia, Venezuela, Bolivia, and Paraguay.

Additional information

Her husband is a Middle Eastern archaeologist, and her family has participated in excavations in Israel and Jordan. She has seven grandchildren.