Dr. Luisa-Elena Delgado
I was born in Caracas, Venezuela, the granddaughter of Spanish exiles and daughter of immigrants. I was raised in Spain since I was six. I moved to California to do my PhD.and I have lived in the United States since then. I now hold dual citizenship (US-Spain).
From 2013-15 I lived in Barcelona, where I was the resident director of the University of Illinois-University of California Education Abroad Program.
- Modern and Contemporary Spanish Literature and Cultural Studies. Cultural Construction of Identities. Cultural Theory. Ideology and Culture. Emotions and Affect in culture.
The focus of my current research and teaching is the cultural construction of Spanish national identity in the democratic period. I have two other lines of research underway: one analyzes the state of Hispanism and explores alternative ways to conceptualize the discipline --including, but not limited to, transnational and/or Iberian Studies approaches. I have a contract with Polity Press (UK) for a Cultural History of Modern and Contemporary Spanish Literature, co-authored with Jo Labanyi (NYU). The book will also have the collaboration of experts in Catalan, Basque and Galician literatures.
My other area of research now is the study of emotions and affect in/as culture, with particular emphasis on the role of emotions and affects in the public sphere. Part of that research is included in the co-edited volume (with Pura Fernandez and Jo Labanyi) Engaging the Emotions in Spanish Culture and History (Vanderbilt University Press, 2016). An updated version will appear in 2018 (Las emociones en la cultura y la cultura de las emociones, Catedra). Along those lines, I have also started to work on a book on emotions and affects in the public sphere, and the kinds of cultural narratives that accompany moments of political cricis.
Last, but certainly not least, I am interested in the connections between academic research and public life, as well as in the debates and practices that define democratic citizenship.
- Ph.D University of California, Santa Barbara
- University of Madrid (Complutense) Licenciatura and Tesina
Distinctions / Awards
- 2009-2010. Humanities Council Teaching Excellence Award. (University of Illinois).
- 2010-11 Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory Nicholson Fellow.
- 2015 Finalist, Premio Nacional de Ensayo (National Literature Award, Essay). Spain's Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport.
- Honorable Mention, Best Research in the Humanities, Illinois Program for Research In the Humanities (for "The Sound and the Red Fury")
- 2016-17 Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities Fellow.
- 2017-19 Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory Senior Fellow
- 2007. Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spanish Ministry of Culture and North American Universities
- 2009 Centre for Scientific Research (CSIC- Spain).
- 2009 Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation
- 2017-20 Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS, France)
- Intro to Cultural Analysis (Sp 254)
- Debating Spain (Sp320)