I am an Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies in the Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies and Wall Scholar at Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of British Columbia.
My work explores the intimate connections between gender, nationalisms, and regionalisms in modern Spanish and Catalan literature and visual culture. I have also published on material culture, objects and the body in the Spanish-speaking world in peer-reviewed venues such as Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, and Romance Quarterly, and I have served as guest co-editor for a special volume of the Catalan Review.
I am currently revising my first manuscript, Fatherhood in Spain after Dictatorship. This book examines how several authors who grew up during Francisco Franco’s dictatorship confronted and reconstituted the regime’s model of fatherhood and masculinity. In these works, mostly published during the first decade after the return to democracy in 1975, these writers question the father as an all-powerful and repressive figure, firmly at the head of his family. I argue that the critique of the father figure plays a central role in these authors’ writing projects and in pushing for new gender and regional models after the dictatorship.
I have also started to work on a second book manuscript entitled Images of Difference: Regionalism and Tourism in Spain, 1960-2017. Through analyses of films, photographs, and advertisements, as well as government and citizens’ initiatives, including public protests against tourists and the tourist industry, this project addresses the central place of tourism in Spain from the 1960s to the present and how tourism has been a powerful force in reimagining Spain and its regions.