Dr. Carmen M. Méndez García is Associate Professor of American Literature at the Department of English Studies, Complutense University, Madrid (Spain). Her doctoral dissertation, The Rhetorics of Schizophrenia in the Epigones of Modernism (2003) was based on her research as a visiting scholar at Harvard University in 2001 and 2002. She was also a participant in the 2010 Study of the United States Institute on Contemporary American Literature at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, funded by the Spanish Fulbright program and the US Department of State.

Current research and teaching interests include 20th and 21st century US literature, postmodernism and contemporary fiction, the Countercultures in the US, Spatial studies, Gender studies, and Minority studies (especially Chicana studies). She is a participant in the research projects “Troubling Houses: Dwellings, Materiality, and the Self in American Literature” (Spanish Plan Nacional I+D+I, ref. FFI2017-82692-P, 2018-2020), and “Pensamiento y representación literaria y artística digital ante la crisis de Europa y el Mediterráneo” (Santander Complutense, ref. PR26/16-6B-2).  She led the research group “Space, Gender and Identity in US Literature and Visual Arts: A Transatlantic Approach” (Franklin Institute-UAH), and she is a participant in a research group dealing with Women’s Studies in English and American literature at Complutense University.

She is a board member for SAAS (Spanish Association for American Studies), and the humanities editor for REDEN, Revista de Estudios Norteamericanos (Instituto Franklin-UAH). She was the coordinator of the Master’s in North American Studies at Universidad Complutense de Madrid-UAH, from 2015 to 2021. She was a member of the International Committee of the American Studies Association (ASA) from 2012-15. She served as an Associate Dean for Student Affairs (2010-2014) and as the managing editor of Atlantis, Journal of the Spanish Association of Anglo-American Studies (2009-2012).

For a detailed and up-to-date list of publications and research, see full profile at Academia.edu.


BA in English Studies with honors, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 1998

PhD in English with honors, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 2003


For a full list of publications, see https://ucm.academia.edu/CarmenMendez

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    ESSE (European Society for the Study of English)

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