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I lecture in modern Spanish literature and cultural studies and my research focuses on the periods of Francoism and Republican exile and of post-Franco Spain.

My interests are in the intersection of culture with politics and in the relationships between aesthetics, politics and ideologies, more specifically with regards to and framed by questions of modernity, urbanisation, history and neoliberalism. The nature of my research is fundamentally interdisciplinary and it incorporates focuses on literature, visual culture and cultural institutions and their discourses.

My publications are currently concerned with two distinctive areas of enquiry: culture, politics and subject formation in the creative city; Republican exile culture as a critique of Spanish modernity and of politics in transitional and democratic Spain. Forthcoming is my The Global Cultural Capital: Addressing the Citizen and Constructing the City in Barcelona since 1979 (Palgrave 2016), dealing with the role of culture and cultural policies in transforming the notion of urban citizenship in Barcelona. I am the general coordinator and co-author of the forthcoming collective volume Lineas de fuga: hacia otra historiografia cultural del exilio republicano espanol (Akal 2017) which proposes new ways of conceptualizing and historizing Spanish Republican exile.

My work has been published in English, Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, German and French. I am a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, the International Journal of Iberian Studies and MVM. Cuadernos de Estudios Manuel Vazquez Montalban. I am a member of the advisory board for Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, Journal of Romance Studies, Bulletin of Spanish Studies, Catalan Journal of Communication and Cultural Studies, Revista Critica Ciencias Sociais and Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power. I have acted as book proposal and manuscript reviewer for the Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies publication series, the Liverpool University Press (Contemporary Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures Series), the University of Toronto Press (Iberic Series), Oxford Legenda (Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures) and Tamesis Books.

I am a founding member and the current president of the Asociación de Estudios Manuel Vázquez Montalbán