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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 Hofstra Center for "Race," Culture and Social Justice, member of the Executive Committee of the MLA Global Hispanophone Forum, and Vice-Director of the Centro de Estudios Afro-Hispánicos (https://estudiosafrohispanicos.com/).

She has just completed an English language translation and annotated edition of the novel Ekomo, by María Nsue Angüe (under review), and is currently working on a book monograph on Transatlantic Hispanic exchanges, island prisons, and Cuban deportees to West Africa during the nineteenth century, tentatively entitled Deportee narratives and Atlantic translatabilityFrom Cuba to Fernando Poo and back. For other publications please visit: https://hofstra.academia.edu/BenitaSampedro

Selected list of publications

"Health, raciality, and modernity in colonial Equatorial Guinea". In Post/Colonialism and the Pursuit of Freedom in the Black Atlantic. Ed. Jerome Branche. (Routledge, 2018).

Re-routing Galician Studies. Multidisciplinary Interventions.(Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). 

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

"Ekomo’s Interventions". In African immigrants and contemporary Spanish texts. Crossing the Straits. Ed. Debra Faszer-McMahon and Victoria L. Ketz (Routledge, 2015): 177-192.

Ceiba II (Poesía inédita).[Raquel Ilombe del Pozo Epita]. (Verbum, 2015).

"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.

[num-123-2014%20(1).pdf]Revista Debats. Guinea Ecuatorial. Políticas / Poéticas / Discursividades. (Fundación Alfons el Magnanim, 2014).

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

"Routes to ruin".Revista de Lengua y Literatura 7.2 (November 2012).

"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." In La violencia en el mundo hispánico en el siglo de oro. Eds. Juan Manuel Escudero and Victoriano Roncero. (Visor Libros, 2010): 279-290.

Journal Special Issue. Afro-Hispanic Review"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. (Berghahn Books, 2008; reprinted in 2011).

"Introducción." Guinea Ecuatorial. Vísceras [Juan Tomás '?vila Laurel]. (Fundación Alfons el Magnánim, 2006): 7-24.

Teaching Interests

Atlantic Studies; Spanish Colonialism in Africa; Colonial Latin America; Postcolonial Studies; Colonialism and Medicine; Penal Colonization; Island Prisons; Migration and Mobility Studies; Border Studies; Equatorial Guinea; Western Sahara; Ceuta and Melilla; The Philippines; The Caribbean; Cuba; Central America; Mexico; Guatemala; and Galicia.

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
LACS 015C (IS,CC) LATINO NEW YORK Undergraduate
SPAN 125 (LT) HISPANIC PRES IN USA Undergraduate
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