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Benita Sampedro

Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures


PHD, 1997, New York Univ (NYU); MA, 1992, New York Univ (NYU)


Benita Sampedro Vizcaya is Professor of Spanish Colonial Studies at Hofstra University, where she works closely with the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program and the African Studies Program. Her research interests focus on Spanish colonialism in both Africa and Latin America, revisiting its colonial links within and beyond the frame of the different imperial Atlantic networks. She has published on the politics and processes of decolonization and postcolonial legacies, colonial medicine, colonial carceral systems, colonial archives, borders, and ruins. She is Associate Director of the Center for "Race," Culture and Social Justice at Hofstra University, and she has recently served as member of the Executive Committee of the MLA Global Hispanophone Forum. Selected publications include:

--“¡Aquella mansión de desconsuelo y de horror!". Lo que sabemos, ignoramos e inventamos sobre el pasado y el presente de Guinea Ecuatorial. Revisión crítica multidisciplinar y nuevas vías de investigación. Eds. Juan Aranzadi and Gonzalo Alvarez de Chillida. Madrid: UNED, 2020: 441-470

--“Inscribing islands. From Cuba to Fernando Poo and back". Transatlantic Studies: Latin America, Iberia, and Africa. Eds. Cecilia Enjuto-Rangel, Sebastiaan Faber, Pedro García-Caro and Robert P. Newcomb. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2019: 99-113

--“The colonial politics of meteorology. The West African expedition of the Urquiola sisters". Unsettling colonialism: Transoceanic perspectives on gender and race in the nineteenth-century Hispanic world. Eds. Michelle Murray and Akiko Tsuchiya. Albany: SUNY Press, 2019: 19-53

--Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies. Special Guest Editor of a double monographic issue entitled “Entering the Global Hispanophone" 20.1-2 (May 2019)

--“Transiting Western Sahara". Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies 20.1-2 (May 2019): 17-38

--“Health, raciality and modernity in colonial Equatorial Guinea". Post/colonialism and the pursuit of freedom in the black Atlantic. Ed. Jerome Branche. New York: Routledge, 2018: 51-74

--Re-routing Galician Studies: Multidisciplinary interventions. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017

--“La economía política de la sanidad colonial en Guinea Ecuatorial". Éndoxa, Series Filosóficas 37 (June 2016): 279-298

--Ceiba II. (Poesía inédita) by Raquel Ilombe del Pozo Epita. Critical, annotated and illustrated edition of unpublished manuscript. Madrid: Ediciones Verbum, 2015

--“Ekomo’s interventions". African immigrants and contemporary Spanish texts. Crossing the Straits. Eds. Debra Faszer-McMahon and Victoria Ketz. New York: Routledge, 2015: 177-192

--Revista Debats. Special Guest Editor of a monographic issue entitled “Guinea Ecuatorial: Poéticas / Políticas / Discursividades" 123.2 (April 2014)

--“Tríptico sobre las últimas publicaciones literarias filipinas en español". Transmodernity: Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production of the Luso-Hispanic World 4.1 (Fall 2014): 273-280

--“Routes to Ruin". Revista de Lengua y Literatura 7.2 (November 2012)

--“Engaging the Atlantic: New routes, new responsibilities". Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 89.8 (December 2012): 905-922

--“Guinea Ecuatorial en la agenda política de los Estados Unidos". Palabras: Revista de la cultura y de las ideas 2 (September 2010): 65-82

--“Archivos insulares y violencia imperial". La violencia en el mundo hispánico en el siglo de oro. Eds. Juan Manuel Escudero and Victoriano Roncero. Madrid: Visor Libros, 2010: 279-290

--Afro-Hispanic Review. Special Guest Editor of a double monographic issue entitled “Theorizing Equatorial Guinea" 28.2 (Fall 2009)

--“Rethinking the archive and the colonial library: Equatorial Guinea". Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies 9.3 (November 2008): 341-363

--Border interrogations: Questioning Spanish frontiers. Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2008. Reprinted in paperback, 2011

Teaching Interests

Atlantic Studies; Afro-Hispanic Studies; Race and Ethnicity Studies; Global Iberia; Spanish Colonialism in Africa; Colonial Latin America; Postcolonial Studies; Colonialism and Medicine; Penal Colonization; Island Studies; Migration and Mobility Studies; Border Studies; Equatorial Guinea; Western Sahara; Ceuta and Melilla; The Philippines; The Caribbean; Cuba; Mexico; Central America; and Guatemala.

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
LACS 001 (IS,CC) LTN AMR & CARBN ON MAP Undergraduate
LACS 015J (IS,CC) LAT AMER & CARIBN EXPE Undergraduate
LACS 199 SENIOR SEMINAR - LACS Undergraduate
SPAN 125 (LT) HISPANIC PRES IN USA Undergraduate
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