Emily Jeanne DiFilippo

 Emily DiFilippo

Contact Information

3070 FLB
M/C 173
uiuc campus mail, IL 00001
Graduate Student


While my maternal grandmother's family has lived in Illinois since the 18th century, my father and maternal grandfather are of Abruzzese and Sicilian origin, respectively. To me, the culture of the Mediterranean region is not only of great intellectual interest, but also of profound personal importance.

I myself am a native of Saint Charles, Missouri and a former high school Spanish teacher. In addition to literature and culture, I also love studying the Italian and Catalan languages, quilting, practicing yoga, and standard poodles. 

Research Interests

  • 20th and 21st century Peninsular narrative
  • Gender and Women's Studies
  • Critical Disability Studies
  • Queer theory

Research Description

My dissertation project examines disability in literary and cultural production of Spain in the context of the economic crisis (2005-2015). 


  • MFA, University of Notre Dame, Creative Writing (2010)
  • MA, Washington University in St. Louis, Spanish (2005)
  • BA, Washington University in St. Louis, English & Spanish (2003)

Distinctions / Awards

  • Award for Excellence, UIUC Department of Spanish & Portuguese. 2016.
  • Best Graduate Paper Award, 2015
  • Diffenbaugh Fellowship, Academic Year 2012-13


  • Anthony M. Pasquariello Award for Catalan Studies. 2015.
  • European Union Center Graduate Student Research Grant. October, 2014
  • SP Conference Travel Grant. Spring 2016.
  • Summer Research Fellowship, UIUC Department of Spanish & Portuguese. 2015.
  • SIP Conference Travel Grant. Spring 2014.
  • UIUC Graduate College Conference Travel Grant. Fall 2015.


  • Oral Spanish (SPAN 208). Spring, 2015
  • Spanish Cultural Studies II (SPAN 320). Spring, 2016
  • Introduction to Cultural Analysis (SPAN 254). Summer, Fall 2013, Fall 2014
  • Readings in Hispanic Texts (SPAN 200). Fall, 2015
  • Spanish Composition (SPAN 228). Spring, Summer 2014