Mathilda Shepard

PhD Student
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Ph.D., Spanish, U.Va. (expected 2021)
M.A., Spanish, U.Va. (expected 2018)
B.A., Spanish, U.Va. (2015)

Research Interests

  • Patterns and cultures of violence
  • Comparative literature
  • Conflict and the environment in Latin America
  • Hispano-African Studies
  • The novela negra in Latin America
  • Contemporary Iranian and Afghan literature and film
  • Literary theory


“The Enemy of my Enemy…is my Enemy? The Syrian government’s reliance on foreign militias as a potential source of division,” Wilson Journal of International Affairs (Spring 2015).


“La televisión iraní en castellano: HispanTV, los ‘desheredados’ del mundo y la exportación de la revolución a España” at the U.Va. Distinguished Majors Symposium (2015)

Grants & Awards

Jefferson Scholars Foundation Fellowship (2015)

Fulbright Colombia Grant (2015)

Marie M. Giuliano Award in Spanish (2015)

Wyatt Fellowship for Distinguished Majors in Spanish (2014)

International Rescue Committee Outstanding Service Award (2015)