Dr Laura Lopez-Fernandez

Qualifications: PhD. Univ. of Kansas (Lawrence) Spanish Poetry; M.A. (2 years) Univ. of Colorado (Boulder); B.A. Spanish Philology (5 years) Univ. of Santiago, Spain; Bachelor of International Relations Univ. of Santiago, Spain.

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About Laura

After doing a BA in Spanish Philology (5 years) and a BA in International Relations (4 years) at the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain), I was awarded a USA postgraduate Scholarship at the University of Boulder, CO.  In 2003, I took an appointment at UC (NZ) to establish the Hispanic Studies Programme.

I conduct research on contemporary Spanish and Latin American literature, language and society; Diaspora Studies, and Hispanic Migration.

I teach a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses such as Spanish language, Spanish & Latin American cultures, and literature, etc.  I have received several teaching and research awards, some of which enabled me to coordinate and publish collaborative research projects such as Experimental Cuban Poetry: A Digital Humanities project. Currently, I am coordinating a collaborative research project on Hispanic Migration and I am editing a multiauthor volume Breaking genre borders: Poetic languages of the 21st century.

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Culture; Language/Literacy/Linguistics; Latin American Literature; Spanish

Spanish & Latin American Literature. Experimental Poetry.

Research Interests

Contemporary Spanish and Latin American Poetry. Galician and Cuban studies. Hispanic Migration and Diaspora. Global policies.

My publications include five sole-authored books, book chapters, and scholarly articles in specialized journals, book reviews (by invitation), literary interviews, and creative fiction. I am a member of several Editorial Boards. I coordinate a range of collaborative research projects on digital humanities, exile, and identity in the Hispanic World, as well as Cuban and Galician poetic writings,

Forthcoming Publications

Expresión y Experimentación en la poesía no discursiva en España y Cuba. CIPPCE. USC, Spain.

“Paremias xeocosmolóxicas de predicción do tempo en galego e maorí” Cadernos de Fraseoloxía Galega. University of Santiago de Compostela

Rev. of Valente Vital (Ginebra, Saboya, Paris). Claudio Rodríguez Fer (ed.) Bulletin of Spanish Studies.

Rev. of Spanish Contemporary Poetry. Hispanic Texts. Diane Cullell (ed.) Bulletin of Spanish Studies.

Recent Publications

  • Lopez-Fernandez, L. (2020). Review of Libertad. Revista de poesía Amargord. Amargord, (1), 358.

  • Lopez-Fernandez, L. (2020). Reinventing poetic modes. Spanish and Latin American visual poetry. In A. F. Altuntaş, C. Çetiner, M. Kuleli, & M. S. Kapci (Eds.), ‎2nd International Congress On Academic Studies In Philology ‎ (pp. 169-178). Bandırma.

  • Lopez-Fernandez, L. (2020). El estado de la poesía con Dana Gelinas. In Hispanic Poetry Review (Vol. 13, Iss. 1-2, pp. 1-21). USA: Department of Hispanic Studies, Texas, US.. Retrieved from Open Access version:

  • Lopez-Fernandez, L. (2020). Poesía Experimental en Cuba/ Experimental Poetry in Cuba. Madrid: Editorial Betania.

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Papers Taught


Currently, I am supervising (main supervisor) a doctoral dissertation on Cuban Cultural Studies Awaiting and change as ideological fantasy in contemporary Cuba” by Duzán Avila Castellanos. I welcome research supervisions on Hispanic Studies on topics related to culture, literature, language and societies.

In the past I coordinated and supervised internal and external research projects, and theses some of which have been awarded with honors. External supervisions include theses on Spanish and Galician Studies from the University of La Coruña, Spain; University of Castilla La Mancha (Albacete, Spain), University of Santiago de Compostela, (Spain), etc. Recent coordination of collaborative research projects that have been awarded (2017-2018) include: "A digital mapping of Experimental Poetry in the Hispanic World".

I welcome postgraduate students -doctoral and postdoctoral projects- interested in Hispanic cultural and literary studies, as well as Hispanic Migration and Diaspora.

Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Room: I.3.03