Lisa Surwillo

Lisa Surwillo

Associate Professor of Iberian and Latin American Cultures
2002: Ph.D., Romance Languages and Literatures, University of California at Berkeley
1994: B.A., Spanish and History, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Professor Surwillo teaches courses on Iberian literature, with an emphasis on the nineteenth-century. Her research addresses the questions of property, empire, race and personhood as they are manifested by literary works, especially dramatic literature, dealing with colonial slavery, abolition and Spanish citizenship. Surwillo is the author of The Stages of Property: Copyrighting Theatre in Spain (Toronto 2007), an analysis of the development of copyright and authorship in nineteenth-century Spain and the impact of intellectual property on theater. She is also the author of  Monsters by Trade (Stanford 2014), a study of slave traders in Spanish literature and the role of these colonial mediators in the development of modern Spain.



(650) 723-2175
Pigott Hall, Bldg 260, Rm 222

Office Hours

On sabbatical

Research Interests

  • Latin Languages, Literatures, and Cultures


  • Modernism


  • Theater