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)
Podcast-Research Featured on Humanities on the High Plains: "The Thirsty Llano Estacado"

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

  • Cervantes and Early Modern Spain; Animals and Nominal Biogeography; Creative Writing in Spanish; Cultural History and Water on the Llano Estacado; Anti-Racist Pedagogies

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

  • Address

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