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Lena Tahmassian

Ph.D. Candidate in Modern Iberian Literatures and Cultures

Lena specializes in Modern Spanish Cultural Studies and Literature. Her dissertation analyzes the role of cultural production as social and political critique contemporary to the moment of Spain’s Transition to democracy (1976-1986), integrating critical theory and avant-garde aesthetics with cinema, music, and the boom of underground media and comics of the period. She has taught both Spanish and Catalan languages at Stanford as well as a course on the cinema of Pedro Almodóvar. Lena has published on otherness and the exception in Spanish democracy and is currently a Mellon Foundation Dissertation Fellow through the Stanford Humanities Center. She is also an instructor at the Prison University Project, currently teaching Spanish to people incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison.