Texas Tech University

Spanish Faculty

Dr. Britta Anderson

Assistant Professor of Spanish
Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis, 2016

Britta.Anderson@ttu.edu

Academic CV
Academia.edu profile: https://ttu.academia.edu/BrittaAnderson

Personal website: https://www.brittalinnanderson.com/

I am originally from Albuquerque, NM, and was delighted to return to the Southwest when I joined Texas Tech's Spanish and Portuguese faculty in 2019. I teach classes on U.S. Latinx Studies, Border Studies, Latin American Film, and Cultures of the Spanish Speaking World. As a teacher, my priorities include hands-on participation, community engagement beyond the classroom, critical connections between local and global phenomena, and students' health and wellbeing. As a student in my class, you can expect to meet with me during office hours, read and watch works by underrepresented communities, encounter a wide range of perspectives, propose and develop a project in which you are personally invested, engage directly with Lubbock's Spanish-speaking population, and talk extensively with your classmates. You will learn from a variety of sources, including podcasts, music, recipes, film, poetry, testimony, community observation, and more. I completed the TLPDC's Service Learning Faculty Fellows Program in 2019, and am eager to integrate more direct public engagement into my classes.

In my research, I examine contemporary Latinx and Mexican cultural production through the lens of gender, performance, and border studies. I study the borders—or policing of movement and belonging—that traverse the U.S. and Mexico, and the performances, public art, and literature that respond to and undermine these borders. I investigate the state and corporate systems that extend the militarized border logic far beyond the geo-political border, including highways, prisons, and factories. My recent publications, on a Mexican feminist hip-hop collective and recent performance art at the U.S.-Mexico border wall, focus on the production of solidarity through transnational collaboration and affective expression.

I am committed to contributing to the intellectual community at Texas Tech. To this end, I participate in the Chicana/x and Latina/x Feminisms Working Group; the Literature, Social Justice, and Environment Working Group; and the Mexican American and Latino/a Studies Working Group. I also organize the CMLL Junior Faculty and Instructor Research Showcase and Work-in-Progress Workshops, and participate in the Women Faculty Writing Program.

I served as the Interim Director of the Latin American Studies Center at the University of Maryland from 2017-2019, where I organized events and conferences to highlight Latin American and Caribbean research and activism, created a minor in Latin American Studies, and developed an internship program with local Latinx organizations. I am excited to be working towards the creation of an analogous center at Texas Tech, which will function as an interdisciplinary point of connection for researchers across campus, as well as a resource and source of community for our student body.

Courses Taught

  • Cultures of the Spanish Speaking World: Power, Community, and Justice
  • U.S. Latinx Studies: Narratives of Awakening
  • Introduction to World Cinema: Latin American Film
  • Border Studies Graduate Seminar

Areas of Research

  • Latinx Studies
  • Border Studies
  • Performance
  • Public Art and Visual Culture Studies
  • Contemporary Latin American Literatures and Cultures
  • Latin American and Latinx Cultural Studies
  • Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Queer Theory

Selected Publications

  • Anderson, Britta. "Embodiment Against Borders: Discourses of Crisis and Collaborative Performance Art on the U.S.-Mexico Border Wall." Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, 24, 2021. Forthcoming.
  • Anderson, Britta. "Queer and Feminist Performance: Troyano, Alina; Palacios, Mónica; Gómez, Marga; Fusco, Coco; Bustamante, Nao; Ibarra, Xandra." Latino Literature: An Encyclopedia for Students, edited by Christina Soto van der Plas and Lacie Rae Buckwalter Cunningham. Forthcoming.
  • Anderson, Britta. "Public Grief and Collective Joy: Feminicide, Solidarity, and Feminist Hip Hop in Ciudad Juárez." For the Culture: Hip Hop Music and Social Justice. University of Michigan Press. Forthcoming.
  • Anderson, Britta. "Movilidad fronteriza en Their Dogs Came with Them de Helena María Viramontes." Revista Iberoamericana, vol. 84, no. 265, Oct. 2018, pp. 995-1013.
  • Anderson, Britta. "'Un espacio al que entramos': Presencia como resistencia en Precario de Cecilia Vicuña." Vicuñiana: el arte y la poesía de Cecilia Vicuña, un diálogo sur/norte, edited by Meredith Clark, Cuarto Propio, 2015. pp. 97-121.
  • Brantmeier, Cindy, Tracy Van Bishop, Xiucheng Yu, and Britta Anderson, "Readings on L2 Reading: Publications in Other Venues 2011–2012." Reading in a Foreign Language. 24.2. 2012. 256-272.

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