Dr. Gregory A. Clemons has been Professor of Spanish at Mars Hill University since 1996. He teaches all levels of Spanish language and literature and is a persistent advocate for LGBTQ students at Mars Hill. He received his Bachelor of Science degree and his Master of Arts degrees, both in Spanish, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his PhD in Romance Languages from the University of Florida. Dr. Clemons was a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar in Mérida, Venezuela where for three months he interned at the Center for Literary Studies, connected with the Universidad de los Andes in Mérida. He taught one undergraduate class on Argentine literature while at the Center. He has translated one short story and one novel by the Argentine writer Manuel Mujica Lainez (1910-1984) and written several articles about Spanish literature, Latin American literature and on topics related to other fields in literature and literary culture. He has presented papers at national and international conferences and has conducted research at Princeton and Stanford Universities.
Dr. Clemons has been involved with Asheville Sister Cities, Inc., working with the San Cristóbal de las Casas (Mexico) committee of Sister Cities to expand knowledge about Mexico´s southernmost state, Chiapas. He has led many trips to San Cristóbal de las Casas. He has also traveled to other countries including Argentina, Ecuador, Spain, Bulgaria, Hungary and the Czech Republic. Dr. Clemons and his husband Jeffrey live in Asheville, North Carolina. He is an avid runner and enjoys movies, hiking, travel, and spending time with good friends.