Spanish Faculty

Dr. John Beusterien

Associate Professor of Spanish
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1997


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Courses Commonly Taught

  • Don Quijote
  • Introduction to Literature and Culture from the Spanish-speaking World
  • La frontera norteña: The U.S. Southwest before the U.S.
  • Aesthetics and Ruins in the Spanish Golden Age
  • Introduction to the Spanish Golden Age


Professional Association Offices Held

  • Executive Committee, Early Modern Image and Text Society (EMIT), International Association

Areas of Research

  • Early Spanish Literature and Culture; Race and Ethnic Studies; Critical theory; Spanish Southwest; Animal Studies and Golden Age
  • Dr. Beusterien is currently completing a book on how to read Miguel de Cervantes in the twenty-first century.
  • Dr. Beusterien is researching a book on the history of animals in the Spanish-speaking Southwest United States.

Selected Publications

Books and Edited Collections

2013 Beusterien, John and Noelia Cirnigliaro (Dartmouth College), editors. "Touching the Ground: Female Footwear in the Early Modern Hispanic World". Special issue of Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies. London: Routledge. 14.2. 218 pages.
2013 Beusterien, John. "Canines in Cervantes and Velázquez: An Animal Studies Reading of Early Modern Spain". Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing. 137 pages. Series: “New Hispanisms: Cultural and Literary Studies.”
2013 Beusterien, John and Hsinya Huang (National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan), editors. "Sustaining Ecocriticism: Comparative Perspectives". Special Issue of Comparative Literature Studies. Penn State Press. 50.1. 186 pages.
2010 Beusterien, John and Constance Cortez (Texas Tech University), editors. "Death and Afterlife: The Case of the Early Modern Hispanic World". University of Minnesota Press: Hispanic Issues On Line. 194 pages.
2006 Beusterien, John. "An Eye on Race: Perspectives from Theater in Imperial Spain", Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press. 228 pages.
2005 Beusterien, John, ed. "Lope de Vega’s El prodigio de Etiopía", Vilagarcía de Arousa, Mirabel Editorial. 142 pages.

Awards and Honors

  • President´s Book Award (for An Eye on Race: Perspectives from Theater in Imperial Spain), Texas Tech University
  • Inducted in Sigma Delta Pi, National Hispanic Honor Society

Creative Writing Interests

  • Poetry, Short Stories