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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 Associate 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 archives, borders, and ruins. She is also interested in the field of Galician Studies, and the founding Executive Member of a new MLA Forum on the Global Hispanophone.

Among her recent publications are: Re-routing Galician Studies. Multidisciplinary Interventions (forthcoming, 2017); Ceiba II (Poesía inédita), a critical and annotated edition of the unpublished poetry by Raquel Ilombe del Pozo Epita (Madrid: Verbum, 2015); a monographic issue of Revista Debats entitled Guinea Ecuatorial. Políticas / Poéticas / Discursividades (Valencia: Fundación Alfons el Magnanim, 2014); a monographic issue of Afro-Hispanic Review entitled Theorizing Equatorial Guinea (2009); and Border Interrogations: Questioning Spanish Frontiers (Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2008; reprinted in 2011).

Some of her recent articles include: “Health, raciality, and modernity in colonial Equatorial Guinea” (forthcoming, 2017); “Inscribing islands. From Cuba to Fernando Poo and back” (forthcoming, 2017); “La economía política de la sanidad colonial en Guinea Ecuatorial” (2016); “Ekomo’s Interventions” (2015); “Tríptico sobre las últimas publicaciones literarias filipinas en español”(2014); “Los aparatos burocráticos del Latinoamericanismo norteamericano” (2013); “Engaging the Atlantic: new routes, new responsibilities” (2012); “Routes to ruin” (2012); “Guinea Ecuatorial en la agenda política de los Estados Unidos” (2010); and “Rethinking the archive and the colonial library: Equatorial Guinea” (2008).
She has just finished 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 translatability. From Cuba to Fernando Poo and back.

For a sample of her publications please visit: https://hofstra.academia.edu/BenitaSampedro 

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; The Gulf of Guinea; Western Sahara; Ceuta and Melilla; The Philippines; The Caribbean; Central America; Cuba; Mexico; Guatemala; and Galicia.

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
LACS 001 (IS,CC) LTN AMR & CARBN ON MAP Undergraduate
LACS 015C (IS,CC) LATINO NEW YORK Undergraduate
LACS 199 SENIOR SEMINAR - LACS Undergraduate
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