JM.Persánch

Professor / Literary, Film & Cultural Critic / Editor / Writer

I am currently a visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish at Western Oregon University, Guest Editor of Transmodernity, an external reviewer for academic journals, Founding Director and Presenter of the Persona, Personae Interview Series Project and Community Outreach Project Director. I graduated with two BAs in English and Hispanic Studies with concentration in linguistics at the University of Cádiz, where I later received my first Ph.D. with distinctions in Comparative U.S. Latino/a Studies. While I was graduating, I studied abroad at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, and I was an instructor of Spanish and non-degree seeking student at Amherst College in the United States. I later received my second Ph.D. in Peninsular Studies at the University of Kentucky.

I specialize in literature and film in U.S. Latino/a Studies as well as Peninsular Studies. I am interested in understanding how the structures of difference operate and the processes of legitimization replicate in society. My goal is to contribute to our understanding of how cultural forms are medieted by racial signifying practices thus forming individual, colective identities. I conduct my research under the lens of Whiteness Theories and my long-term objective is to establish a bridge between my two fields of specialization towards revealing white structures of power in the context of global Hispanism.