Professor Sunderland began his studies during the Franco years in Madrid focusing on such diverse areas as art history, medieval and Golden Age literature and society, and contemporary Spain. He has also worked extensively in Portuguese language and literature, hispanolinguistics and Latin American literature and culture. Recent initiatives have involved Spanish For The Workplace, accelerated language instructor, U.S. Latino literature and curricular design and innovation. Professor Sunderland has traveled widely throughout the Hispanic world and led student study groups to Spain and Ecuador. Personal pastimes and passions include cooking, cycling, gardening, kayaking, painting watercolors and oil pastels.