Texas Tech University

Spanish Faculty

Dr. Britta Anderson

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

Academia profile
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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 Literature, Border Studies, Latin American Film, and Cultures of the Spanish Speaking World. As a teacher, my priorities include hands-on participation, community engagement, critical connections between local and global processes, and students' health and well-being. As an undergraduate student in my class, you can expect to encounter a wide range of perspectives, propose and develop an original project, meet with me during office hours, and talk extensively with your classmates. You will learn from a variety of sources, including podcasts, music, recipes, film, poetry, testimony, and more. With graduate students, I emphasize hands-on mentorship in order to help students develop their own critical voices and prepare for success in academia or beyond. 

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 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 performance art at the U.S.-Mexico border wall, focus on the production of solidarity through transnational collaboration and affective expression. I am currently working on an interdisciplinary edited collection about water in the Llano Estacado region and a project that analyzes the impact of the maquiladora industry on cultural production. 

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
  • Icons in Migration: Mythic Mexican Women in Literature and Popular Culture
  • Border Studies Graduate Seminar
  • Latinx Ecocriticism Graduate Seminar

Areas of Research

  • Latinx Studies
  • Border Studies
  • Performance Studies
  • Public Art and Visual Culture Studies
  • Latin American and Latinx Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Queer Theory
  • Transnational feminisms

Selected Publications

  • “The Walking Woman: Border Representation Beyond Hybridity in Yuri Herrera's Señales que precederán al fin del mundo.” Romance Quarterly. 2023. Accepted with revisions.
  • 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, vol. 24, 2021. 129-148
  • 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, edited by Lakeyta M. Bonnette-Bailey and Adolphus G. Belk, Jr. University of Michigan Press. 2022. 226-239. 
  • Anderson, Britta. "Movilidad fronteriza en Their Dogs Came with Them de Helena María Viramontes." Revista Iberoamericana, vol. 84, no. 265, 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.


CMLL Spanish Program

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    CMLL Building, 2906 18th St, Lubbock, TX 79409
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