Raquel Vega-Durán, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

B.A., Universidad de Sevilla, Spain; Certificate of Graduate Studies in Film Studies, University of Michigan; Ph.D., University of Michigan
Modern Languages and Literatures


(909) 607-9330

Roberts North 219

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Spanish History

Selected Research and Publications

  • Emigrant Dreams, Immigrant Borders: Migrants, Transnational Encounters, and Identity in Spain. Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 2016.

  • “‘Otros’ entre ‘nosotros’: la conflictiva mirada del colonizador colonizado en Bwana,” special issue on “Cine y África,” Quaderns de cine 7 (December 12, 2011): 67-77.

  • “United Spains? North African Immigration and the Question of Spanish Identity in Poniente,” forthcoming in Afro-Hispanic Review 32:1, Spring 2014.

  • “Tales of Two Shores: The Re-Establishment of Dialogue Across the Strait of Gibraltar,” forthcoming in African Immigrants in Contemporary Spanish Texts: Crossing the Straits, edited by Victoria L. Ketz and Debra Faszer-McMahon (Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2014).

  • “El mosaico textual de Amarga luz: un autodescubrimiento literario a través de la obra de Marga Gil Roësset,” forthcoming in the monographic issue of Letras Femeninas on “Women’s Gaze: Female Visual Narratives and Narrations of the Visual in the Luso-Hispanic World,” Summer 2014.

  • “Street, City, and Region as Global Contact Zones: Glocalized Self-Identities and Stereotypes in the Graphic Novel El Nord,” forthcoming in Towards a Multicultural Configuration of Spain: Local Cities, Global Spaces, edited by Ana Corbalán and Ellen Mayock (Newark, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2014).

Selected Awards and Affiliations

  • Faculty Summer Fellowship in the Humanities. Gould Center for Humanistic Studies, Claremont McKenna College, 2010

  • Research Grant from the Program for Cultural Cooperation Between Spain’s Ministry of Culture and United States Universities. Spanish Ministry of Culture, 2010

  • Jean Monnet Fellowship for research on issues of European integration. European Commission, the European Union Center, and the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, University of Michigan, 2008

  • Center for European Studies Research Grant for dissertation research on Spanish immigration policies, University of Michigan, 2007

  • Alice Webber Glover Award for research on Spanish film. Department of Screen Arts and Cultures, University of Michigan, 2005