Laura Menéndez Gorina
Ph.D. Candidate in Iberian and Latin American Cultures (ABD.)
Stanford University, Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages.
Laura Menéndez specializes in modern and contemporary Iberian Literatures and Cultures, with a focus on Catalan Studies and on Transatlantic connections between the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America & the Caribbean. She is also interested in Hispano-African Literatures and Cultures, Gender Studies, and the intersections between Literature and Urbanism, Film, and Visual Arts.
Her dissertation, "From Houses to Ruins: Narratives of Homes in Modern Barcelona and Havana", compares narratives of houses and ruins in Catalan and Cuban literary and cultural productions that emerge as reactions to the processes of construction, destruction, and reconstruction that the cities of Barcelona and Havana have undergone from the end of the nineteen century onwards. In it, she examines modern and contemporary literary, cinematographic, photographic, and architectural works that share a focus on the experience of a space transformed under Catalan-Cuban relations and that reflect upon the dwelling experiences that the cities encourage and discourage.
Laura obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Translation Studies with an emphasis on Literature and Publishing at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and at the University of California, Santa Cruz (Visiting Student.)
Current Fellowships and Awards:
Recipient of Mellon Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, Stanford Humanities Center (2021-2022)
Recipient of Digital Humanities Graduate Research Fellowship, CESTA, Stanford University (2020-2021)
Recipient of Centennial Teaching Award, Stanford University (2020-2021)
Current Research Groups and University Service:
Coordinator of Research Unit "Ruins of Modernity," Stanford University (2021-2022.) With Prof. Resina
Co-cordinator of "ILAC Speaker Series: Emerging Voices," Stanfrod University (Winter 2021.)
President of Stanford Catalan Association, Stanford University (2019-present.)
Courses taught at Stanford:
Spring 2022 - ILAC 193: All About Almodóvar, Iberian Cinema (PI.) Co-taught with Prof. Resina.
Winter 2021 - ILAC 136: Modern Iberian Literatures (TA.) With Prof. Surwillo.
Fall 2019 - ILAC 130: Introduction to Iberia: Cultural Perspectives. Primary Instructor (PI.) Co-taught with Prof. Resina.
Fall 2018 - SPANLANG 11C: Second-Year Spanish: Cultural Emphasis. Primary Instructor (PI.)
Spring 2018 - SPANLANG 3: First-Year Spanish, Third Quarter. Primary Instructor (PI.)
Winter 2018 - SPANLANG 2: First-Year Spanish, Second Quarter. Primary Instructor (PI.)
Fall 2017 - SPANLANG 1: First-Year Spanish, First Quarter. Primary Instructor (PI.)
B.A. Translation Studies (Literature and Publishing Specialization.) Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz (Visiting Student.)