Lauren Reynolds

Lecturer of Spanish
NCH 466
Office Hours:
Monday & Wednesday 9:00am-10:00am and by appt


Ph.D., Spanish, University of Virginia (expected 2017)
     Major Area: Spanish-American Literature and Culture
     Minor Area: Comparative Literature
M.A., University of Virginia (2013)
B.A., International Studies, The University of Iowa (2009)
     Concentrations in South East Asian Studies and Latin American Studies
B.A., Spanish, The University of Iowa (2009)


My dissertation is a comparative study that examines migration, cultures in contact, and the social change produced through these interactions.  In a reading of works from contact zones between Cuba, Mexico, and the United States, I look at the intangible elements that linger through generations, specifically in ghostly presences and hybrid spiritual practices. By framing contemporary Cuban, Mexican, and US Latina/o texts through theories of spectrality, ritual, and postcolonial hybridities, I explore the effects of movement upon communities. I also examine the power of storytelling to respond to hegemonic discourses about migration and ethnic others: there is an affective power in the spectral, the ghostly, the absent that can uncover hidden histories. I am particularly interested in social role of women as teachers of tradition and how re-writings of haunting figures present alternative discourse. 

Research Interests

  • Latin American Literature
  • 20th Century and Contemporary Cuban and Mexican Literature
  • US Latin@ Literature
  • Comparative Cultural and Postcolonial Studies
  • Women's Studies
  • Popular Culture and Spiritual Practices
  • Borders and Migration
  • Digital Humanities
  • Turkish Literature and Culture


Advanced Intermediate Spanish 2020 (Fall 2013, Spring 2015, Summer 2015)
Jumpstart! Spanish classes at the Lorna Sundberg International Center (Fall 2013, Fall 2014)
Intermediate Spanish 2010 (Fall 2012, Spring 2013)
English Lecturer at Rize Üniversitesi, Rize, Turkey (Fall 2010-Spring 2011
Spanish Ministry of Education, English Language and Culture Assistant (Fall 2009–Spring 2010) at Sineu High School, Sineu, Mallorca, Spain


“Review of Espectros: Ghostly Hauntings in Contemporary Transhispanic Narratives.” Forthcoming in Revista de Literatura Mexicana Contemporánea.
“Haunting Pasts: Ghosts of Exile in the Poetry of Nancy Morejón, Nilda Cepero, and Andrea O’Reilly Herrera.” Cuban Studies 45 (2017): 179–196.
Book Review of flesh to bone by Ire’ne Lara Silva. Journal of American Studies of Turkey 42 (2015): 249–297.


“How Did We Get Here? Framing the Cultural Climate After the Election.” Panel Presenter and Discussion Moderator at Summit Against Islamophobia for Fulbright Alumni of Turkey 2010-2011: Washington DC (February 2017).
“Ghosts of Exile in Andrea O’Reilly Herrera’s ‘Inhabited Woman’.” MESEA 2016: University of Warsaw, Poland (June 2016).
“Ghosts of Exile in Nancy Morejón’s ‘Ante un espejo’.” LASA 2016 Congress: New York, New York (May 2016).
“Tijuana’s Mythical Past: Writing Identity for the Border City of Vice.” Carolina Conference on Romance Languages, University of North Carolina (April 2014).
“Between the Divided: The Liminal as a Space of Connection in Juan Rulfo’s “No oyes ladrar los perros.” Graduate Student Lecture Series, University of Virginia (October 2013).
“Fortunata and the Feline: Reading Galdos’ Fortunata y Jacinta through the Cat.” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, University of Kentucky (April 2013).
“A Saint for the Marginalized: Mysticism from the Margins in Urrea’s The Hummingbird’s Daughter.” “Ruptures and Transgressions” Graduate Conference, Brown University (October 2012).
Invited guest on Youth Initiatives Program (October 2012), African Views Radio.

Grants & Awards

William and Carolyn Polk Jefferson Fellowship, University of Virginia (August 2011-May 2016)

Dissertation Fellowship, Charlottesville, VA, 2016–2017

Charles William Woltz Fellowship (Summer 2016)

Public Humanities Fellowships in South Atlantic Studies: “Understanding Cuban Culture” (Spring 2016)

Mellon Graduate Teaching Seminar for Excellence: “Disciplinary Hybridity: Literacy and Technologies in the 21st Century” (Fall 2015–Spring 2016)

Summer Research Funding for study at El Colegio de México (Summer 2012)

Summer Research Funding for study in Mérida, México (Summer 2013)

Fulbright Turkey (2010–2011)

Presidential Scholar at the University of Iowa

Phi Beta Kappa member

Selected Additional International Experience and Community Involvement

Invited Liaison for ILiADS (Institute for Liberal Arts Digital Scholarship) 2017
Scholars' Lab Makerspace Technologist, Alderman Library, UVA, August 2015–present
La Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina, February 2007–June 2007
Dhvanyaloka Centre for Indian Studies, Mysore, India, August 2007–December 2007