Texas Tech University

Spanish Faculty

Dr. John Beusterien

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

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


John Beusterien, professor of Spanish, is a pioneer in scholarship on animal studies and race for sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spanish literature and culture. Much of his scholarship is devoted to the work of Miguel de Cervantes and classical Spanish theater. He is currently working on a number of publications that focus on environmental humanities.

His monographs are: Transoceanic Animals as Spectacle in Early Modern Spain (Amsterdam University Press, 2020); Canines in Cervantes and Velázquez: An Animal Studies Reading of Early Modern Spain (Ashgate, 2012; Routledge, 2016); and An Eye on Race: Perspectives from Theater in Imperial Spain (2006). Beusterien is also editor of Lope de Vega's El prodigio de Etiopía (2005) and co-editor of Sustaining Ecocriticism: Comparative Perspectives (2013).

Based on his research of cultures in early modern Spain, Beusterien is beginning work on the linguistic and cultural history of the local environment around Texas Tech University. The project, Lubbock Waters, is a community engagement project that teaches about the ecosystem of the southern high plains through the history of its water and animals.

Beusterien is coordinator of the Comparative Literature Program at Texas Tech.  The 2022 Comparative Literature Symposium will focus on water in the Southern High Plains.

Born in Detroit, Beusterien received a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin (Madison). In addition to Texas Tech University, Beusterien has taught at Albion College (Michigan), Colby College (Maine), and the University of Miami (Florida). He has given numerous invited presentations nationally and internationally, including at Dartmouth College, Princeton University, the University of Seville (Spain), Leibniz University Hannover (Germany), and the University College of London (Great Britain).

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

Courses Commonly Taught

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


Professional Association Offices Held

Areas of Research

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


  • 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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