My area of scholarly expertise includes 20th-21st century Spanish literature, especially topics related to the Spanish Civil War, the 1939 Spanish republican exile, the Franco repression, as well as Manuel Vázquez Montalbán's detective fiction, the poetry of Manuel Altolaguirre, and the commemorative cultures of March 11, 2004. As a National Endowment for the Humanities fellow, I wrote Spanish Culture behind Barbed-Wire: Memory and Representation of the French Concentration Camps, 1939-1945 (Bucknell UP, 2004), a finalist for the 2005 Modern Language Association´s Katherine Kovacs Singer Book Prize. In 2012, Editorial Anthropos published a revised, Spanish-language edition of the book, Culturas del exilio español entre las alambradas: Literatura y memoria de los campos de concentración en Francia, 1939-1945, which includes new research and illustrations about U.S. artist Ione Robinson´s 1939 photographic archive of the French refugee camps.
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For my current book project, I am gathering oral testimonies from family members in the province of Cádiz, Spain whose loved ones were murdered by military rebels in 1936 at the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War. Today's generation of the grandchildren of the disappeared are at the forefront of ongoing exhumation projects to reclaim victims' remains from mass graves.A 2016 article about this project was published in Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies