Mary Vásquez


Ph.D., M.A. University of Washington
B.A. Florida State University


Born in Bronxville, New York and raised in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, I think my life has been greatly enriched by the experience of living in diverse regions of the United States – the Midwest, North and South Florida, the Pacific Northwest, the desert Southwest, the Southeast, and Spain (Extremadura, Alicante, and Madrid).

In addition to the range of courses shared by all faculty members in Spanish, I teach courses in 20th and 21st century Spain, with particular interests in the Spanish Civil War period, the literature and film of exile, the Holocaust seen through a Spanish prism, as well as in the intersections among society, culture, and literary expression. In my research, which directly informs my teaching, I work in 20th and 21st century Peninsular Spanish literature, culture, and film, which includes the literary and cinematic representation of Spain's anti-fascist guerrillas, the Maquis, the Spanish experience of Nazi concentration camps; and in Latino literature in the United States, with the experience of exile as the point of intersection.

I'm the founding editor of the academic journal Letras Peninsulares, which has concluded its 22-year publication cycle.