MemberRuth Z. Yuste-Alonso

Ruth Z. Yuste-Alonso is a PhD candidate in Spanish Studies in the Department of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages at the University of Connecticut (Storrs), where she currently works as a graduate instructor for gender and film courses at the Program of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS). Her research interests focus on media analysis of cultural production from a gender lens, including, but not limited to, women’s cinema, contemporary Spanish cinema, feminist film criticism, gender and genre, contemporary Spanish literature, women authors, and feminist media research. I am currently working on my dissertation where I examine the notion of female gaze through film genre in contemporary Spanish women’s film-making. She also collaborates under the direction of Professor Jorge J. Vega y Vega in the research group Lingüística Aplicada a la Docencia de la Lengua Extranjera, su Literatura y su Traducción (Lindolenex). For more information about the research group, please visit 

MemberSebastiaan Faber

• Iberian Trans-Atlantic Studies
• Institutional History of Hispanism
• Historical Memory in Post-Franco Spain
• Spanish Cinema; Luis Buñuel; Post-Francoist Cinema
• Literature of Spanish Civil War Exile
• Representations of the Spanish Civil War and SCW refugees
• The Crisis of the Turn of the Century in Spain and Spanish America
• Intellectuals and Political Commitment
• Intellectual Contacts Between Spain and Spanish America after 1810
• Constructions of Hispanic Identity since Latin-American Independence
• Theory of Ideology
• Contemporary Spanish Fiction
• Journalism and Fiction in Latin-American Literature

MemberFrancis F. K. Agbemade

Francis (Fred) Agbemade was born in Abor, a small Ewe-speaking community in Ghana, West Africa. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in French and Spanish from the University of Ghana. He also studied Spanish at the University of Cienfuegos, Cuba. He participated in an internship program with University of Seville’s Translation Bureau. He also pursued Translation Studies at the University of Seville. He later obtained his Master’s degree in Spanish from Ohio University. Fred Agbemade is currently a Spanish PhD candidate in the School of International Letters and, Arizona State University. His research interests include Afro-Caribbean & Latin American literature and culture, Cuban & Cuban-American Cinema, Chicano & Afro-American literature and Cultural Productions.

MemberAntonio Cordoba

My main academic interests are Spanish-speaking science fiction in all media (literature, film, TV, and comic books), and the intersection of modernity and the sacred. I am currently working on two book projects. One explores how contemporary Spanish science fiction maps out the exhaustion of the political imagination in contemporary Spain and tries to envision possible ways to break out of this impasse. The other monograph looks into the ways in which modern and contemporary Argentine, Cuban, and Mexican science fiction reimagines the concept of sovereignty. I am also coediting a volume on materiality and the cultures of death in contemporary Spain.