Texas Tech University

Spanish Faculty

Dr. John Beusterien

John Beusterien

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


Courses Commonly Taught

  • Don Quijote
  • La frontera norteña: The U.S. Southwest before the U.S.
  • Aesthetics and Ruins in the Spanish Golden Age
  • Spanish on the Llano Estacado and Beyond


Professional Association Offices Held

Areas of Research

  • Animal Studies, Cervantes, Early Modern Spain, Spanish Southwest, Comparative Literature, Environmental Studies, Race Studies, Critical Theory
  • Dr. Beusterien is preparing a book on Miguel de Cervantes. He is also preparing another book and museum exhibit on the history of animals in Texas.

Awards and Honors

  • College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Researcher, Texas Tech University (2017)
  • President's Book Award, Texas Tech University, Canines in Cervantes and Velázquez (2015); An Eye on Race: Perspectives from Theater in Imperial Spain (2008)
  • Collaborative Project Award, Society for the Study of Early Modern Women, Touching the Ground: Female Footwear in the Early Modern Hispanic World (2014)
  • New Naming of Goya Painting, Head of the Conservation of Eighteenth-Century Painting and Goya at the Prado Museum in Madrid corrected the title of a Goya painting based on research (2010)

Organization of Texas Tech University Events with writers including:

  • Juanita Pahdapony, the Comanche Nation
  • Ernesto Cardenal, Nicaragua
  • Santiago Vizaíno, Ecuador
  • Gonçalo Tavares, Portugal
  • Irene Vilar, Puerto Rico
  • Levi Romero, New Mexico

Organization of Texas Tech University Events with professors including:

  • Walter Mignolo, Duke University
  • Patricia Saldarriaga, University of Vermont
  • John Beverley, University of Pittsburgh
  • Jacques Lezra, New York University
  • Elias Torres, Brown University
  • Anindyo Roy, Colby College
  • Spencer Herrera, New Mexico State University

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.

Creative Writing Interests

  • Poetry, Short Stories