Dr. Fabian Banga is a Professor and the Chair of the Modern Languages Department at Berkeley City College in Berkeley, CA; where he teaches Spanish composition, culture, and literature. He holds a Ph.D. (2004) and M.A. in Hispanic Languages & Literature (2000) from the University of California, Berkeley, and B.A (1998) in Spanish Language and Literature also from Berkeley. He was the President of Foreign Language Association of Northern California from 2014-2016. He was a Graduate Student Researcher for the Instructional Technology Program and a consultant with the Humanities Interest Group at UC Berkeley from 1999 to 2002. He was also a Visiting Scholar in the Berkeley Language Center at the University of California at Berkeley from 2010 to 2011. He is a member and the chair of the Committee on Community Colleges of the Modern Language Association of America (2019–22). He was the Distance Education Coordinator of BCC (2007-2016) and the Peralta CC District (2008-2016).
He has won the Chancellor’s Recognition Award, 2016 (Peralta Community College District), President’s Award, 2007 (Peralta Colleges Foundation), President’s Award, 2013 and 2015 (Berkeley City College), Recognition Award, 2013 (Office of Educational Services, Peralta Colleges), Dissertation Fellowships Award, 2002 (Graduate Division, University of California, Berkeley), Faculty Hall of Fame Award, 2001 (Student Parent Association, University of California, Berkeley), Graduate Opportunity Program Award, 1998 (University of California, Berkeley) , Graduate with Honors, 1998 (University of California, Berkeley), Honor Student: Spring 1997, Fall 1997, Spring 1998. (University of California, Berkeley), John K. Walsh Memorial Scholarship Award, 1997 (Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of California, Berkeley) and the Academic Honor Student, 1995 (Vista Community College, now BCC).
He was a consultant in the use of technology for the Non-Governmental Committee for the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR NGO Committee); the Sustainable Agriculture Networking and Extension (SANE) (a United Nations Development Program); and the CLADES: Latin American Consortium on Agroecology and Sustainable Development from 1996 to 1999. He was also co-chair of the Technology Committee for the Peralta Community College District and Distance Education Coordinator from 2007 to 2016.
He was Chief Editor of the online magazine Everba, a magazine about cultural activities related to Latin America from 2000 to 2005 and 2017-2020. (Everba is indexed by the International Bibliography of the MLA and included in the LATINDEX Directory of Journals.) He was also editor for the academic magazine Lucero, A Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies, University of California, Berkeley from 1998 to 2001. He has published 6 books and articles of literary and cultural criticism in magazines and newspapers in Argentina and the US. His last book, Representation of Artificial Intelligence in the Arts, Vol. 1: Androids, Golems, and Prometheus. (Bern, Switzerland: Peter Lang US, 2019) addresses the way in which artificial intelligence, mechanical anthropoids, Golems, and similar types of robots are represented in contemporary culture.