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.

My research interests include aspects of race, exile and (post)coloniality in the Hispanic Caribbean and Spain since the Spanish-American War (1895-98). As a specialist in Caribbean studies, I received a 2013-2014 Fulbright Scholar Award to teach and conduct research in Dominican Republic.  

My essay “Salaria Kea and the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939): Memoirs of A Negro Nurse in Republican Spain” (Routledge, 2019) was sponsored by the Schomburg Center Scholars-in-Residence Program. I am currently a recipient of the American Philosophical Society Franklin Research Grant to study the historical memory of Spanish Gypsies.  

I enjoy teaching Spanish language courses and Peninsular / Latin American literature for Spanish minors/majors. My favorite courses include a seminar on the Spanish Civil War, taught as part of the Study Abroad Program in Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and an interdisciplinary course on Marginal Voices and the Testimonial. 

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 2020 Study Abroad Faculty Leader of the Year; the 2013 and 2019 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).  


Information about my first book can be found in the link below.  

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

Contact: 561-354-9307; HC 105