Dr. Carmen Cañete Quesada

Associate Professor of Spanish

Ph.D., Hispanic Literature, Vanderbilt University  

M. A., Hispanic Literature, University of Florida 

B. A., Spanish / English Philology (double major), University of Córdoba, Spain. 

Dr. Cañete Quesada's research interests embrace issues related to exile, race, and (post)coloniality in the Hispanic Caribbean and Spain since the Spanish-American War (1895-1898). She is the author of  El exilio español ante los programas de identidad cultural en el Caribe insular (1934-1954) . Madrid/Frankfurt: Vervuert/Iberoamericana, 2011, based on the experiences of three Spanish writers Juan Ramón Jiménez, María Zambrano, and Eugenio F. Granell who took up exile in the Hispanic Caribbean after Spain’s civil war (1936-1939). 

During the 2013/2014 academic year, Dr. Cañete Quesada received a Fulbright Scholar Award to teach and conduct research on an annotated anthology titled  La nación y su escritura: colección de voces dominicanas  (1965-2017) . Santo Domingo: Academia Dominicana de la Lengua/Editorial Santuario, 2018. The collection includes seventy authors from the country and the most representative Dominican communities of the diaspora (United States, Puerto Rico, Cuba, México, Venezuela, Spain, Germany and Canada). This work is a pedagogical tool for college professors and students interested in aspects of displacement, insularity, deterritorializationand transculturation.

Her current research study, “ Salaria Kea and the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939): Memoirs of A Negro Nurse in Republican Spain ,” offers a nuanced and unexplored interpretation of the Spanish Civil War from the marginal perspective of a woman who confronted a racist and class-bound society in Europe similar to the one she experienced in her country of origin. This project has been sponsored by the Schomburg Center Scholars-in-Residence Program.

Dr. Cañete Quesada is the director of the Wilkes Honors College Summer Abroad Program in Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain), where she teaches an interdisciplinary course entitled, IDS 3932: Honors The Spanish Civil War in Retrospect: Loss, Memory and The Past. 


Some of her most recent awards include the 2013 Exceptional Faculty Award, Northern Campus Achievement Awards at FAU; the 2015 Award for Excellence and Innovation in Undergraduate Teaching at FAU; and the 2015 Teacher of the Year Award: University Level, provided by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP). 

Publication: El exilio español ante los programas de la identidad cultural en el Caribe insular (1934-1956)  

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