Texas Tech University

Spanish Faculty

Dr. John Beusterien

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


John Beusterien was born in Detroit, Michigan, and received a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). Beusterien has worked at Texas Tech University for seventeen years. Before Texas Tech, Beusterien taught at Albion College (Michigan), Colby College (Maine), and the University of Miami (Florida). 

He serves as the managing editor of Cervantes: Bulletin of the Cervantes Society of America.

Current publications focus on the environmental humanities and classical Spanish theater.  He is also developing Lubbock Waters to educate about the ecosystem of the southern high plains.  Beusterien also writes poetry and short stories.  

CV (with links to book reviews, on-line publications, and poetry)

Courses Commonly Taught

  • Environmental Humanities and Animals Studies
  • Miguel de Cervantes and Don Quixote
  • The Llano Estacado
  • Literature of the Spanish Golden Age


Areas of Research

  • Animal Studies, Material Culture, Cervantes, Early Modern Spain, Spanish Southwest, Comparative Literature, Environmental Humanities, Race Studies

Recent Dissertation Direction

Zachary Brandner, 2022
“Decolonizing Trends in Contemporary Maya Literature: Frameworks for Reading Isaac Carrillo Can”
Visiting Assistant Professor, Lafayette College


  • Identify Scipio Africanus Ewer at Metropolitan Museum of Art (2020)
  • Create Land Acknowledgement Statement for Texas Tech University in collaboration with Drs. Catharine Franklin and Michael Jordan and the Raiderland Native American Student Association (2020)
  • Book Subvention Grant, Goodbye Eros, Spain's Ministry of Culture and Sports, International Cooperation and Promotion of Culture (2018).
  • 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)

Texas Tech University Events:

  • "Perspectives on Water on the Llano Estacado", 54nd Comparative Literature Symposium, Texas Tech University (March 31 – April 2, 2022)
  • "INDIGENEITY," 52nd Comparative Literature Symposium, Texas Tech University (5-7 MARCH 2020)
  • "Animal/Language: An Interdisciplinary Conference," with Dr. Belinda Kleinhans (German), Dr. Katy Schroeder (Animal & Food Sciences), Dr. Lucas Wood (French), Dr. Pamela Zinn (Classics), in collaboration with Joe Arredondo (Landmark Arts) and Dr. Kevin Chua (Art History), 51st Comparative Literature Symposium, Texas Tech University (21-23 March 2019)
  • "Comparative Book History," 44rth Comparative Literature Symposium, Texas Tech University (2012)
  • "Eco–Criticism and Comparative Literature," 43rd Comparative Literature Symposium, Texas Tech University (2011)
  • "Death in Words and Images: The Case of the Early Modern Hispanic World," with Dr. Constance Cortez (Art History), Early Modern Text and Image Association´s Third Biannual Conference (2008)

Forthcoming Publication

With Stephen West, "Two Elephant Lives and Ivory Networks: A Humanities Biogeography of the Global Middle Ages,” under contract with Cambridge University Press.

Recent Publications

Co-edited with Ana Laguna. Goodbye Eros: Reassessing the Ethos of Love in Age of Cervantes. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2020.

Goodbye Eros

Transoceanic Animals as Spectacle in Early Modern Spanish (Amsterdam University Press, 2020)

Video of the book presentation

Table of Contents and Introduction



CMLL Spanish Program

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