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Dan Breining


Dan Breining studied Spanish while working in Mexico City during the 1980s. During his free time from his position as Co-Principal Bassoonist with the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, he was able to teach music lessons, study Spanish at the El Centro Cultural Del Sur, and teach English as a Second Language. After returning to the US, Dan continued with his Spanish studies at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where he received his B.A. After graduating, he and his wife, Gabriela, moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico where he completed his master’s in Hispanic literature and linguistics with a concentration in Chicano studies. Dan, Gaby, and their two cats then moved to Madison where he received his Ph.D.

In addition to teaching Spanish at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Dan enjoys canoeing, playing bassoon with the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra and the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, and spending time with his wife and ever increasing family of cats. Every summer Dan leads a group of students on a study abroad trip to Oaxaca, Mexico.

Professor, World Languages & Literatures

CCC 410


Ph.D. - Hispanic Literature
University of Wisconsin-Madison

M.A. - Hispanic Literature and Linguistics
University of New Mexico-Albuquerque

B.A. - Spanish Literature and Language
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point


Beginning Spanish
Hispanics in the US
Intermediate Spanish
Introduction to Hispanic Literature