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Benjamin Fraser is Full Professor of Iberian and Latin American Cultural Studies in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese in the College of Humanities, a member of the Disability Studies Initiative ( and a Faculty Affiliate of Public and Applied Humanities. He is the author of twelve single-authored monographs, eight edited volumes, multiple guest-edited journal issues, and ninety articles and book chapters relating to disability studies, the urban humanities/urban cultural studies, and Iberian and Latin American literary and cultural studies. He is Editor-in-Chief of Hispania, the flagship scholarly journal of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), Founding and Executive Editor of the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies, Senior Editor of the Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies and Founding Co-Editor of the Hispanic Urban Studies book series. He has served as Professor and Department Head of Spanish and Portuguese at University of Arizona (2018-2019), Professor and Department Chair of Foreign Languages and Literatures at East Carolina University (2014-2018), and has previously held the rank of Tenured Associate Professor (2013-2014) and Assistant Professor (2010-2013) at the College of Charleston, and Assistant Professor (2006-2010) at Christopher Newport University.


Contemporary Iberian & Latin American Film, Literature & Cultural Studies

Urban Studies, Cultural Geography and Spatial Theory

Cognitive Disability Studies, Health and Illness, Deaf Studies/Deaf Culture

Visual and Media Culture (Film, TV, Comics, Music, Photography, Painting, Videogames)

Continental Philosophy (Bergson, Lefebvre, Deleuze)

Tourism, Travel, Transportation and Mobility Studies

Digital Humanities




2017     Digital Barcelona Project, East Carolina University. This collaborative digital project is completed and publicly available, based on an undergraduate Honors College course taught fall 2016, “Barcelona: An Interdisciplinary Urban History.” Student work in audio, video and text formats was vetted by a collaborative team, edited, and integrated into the online Omeka Exhibit and corresponding Neatline map. Collaboration with 16 undergraduate honors students as well as Educational Technology Consultant Dr. Irina Swain, MAIS graduate student Camille Kresz, and University Multimedia Center Director Laurie Godwin. Project hosted by East Carolina University’s ITCS Division.


2014     Gran Vía Madrid Digital Project, College of Charleston. This collaborative digital project is completed and publicly available, based on student work from SPAN 630: Seminar in Hispanic Studies, an interdisciplinary digital humanities-centered course conducted in Spanish at the graduate level. Collaboration with library faculty Jolanda-Pieta van Arnhem to integrate student work to the Gran Vía Madrid Digital Humanities exhibit and interactive map using Omeka and Neatline. Project hosted by the Digital Scholarship and Services (DSS) Dept. at the College of Charleston Libraries.




----       Fraser, B. Beyond Sketches of Spain: Tete Montoliu and the Construction of Iberian Jazz. New York: Oxford University Press. under contract/forthcoming.


2022    Fraser, B. Barcelona, City of Comics: Urbanism, Architecture and Design in Postdictatorial Spain. Prol. by Pere Joan. Albany: SUNY Press.


2021    Fraser, B. Obsession, Urban Aesthetics and the Iberian City: The Partial Madness of Modern Urban Culture. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press.


2019    Fraser, B. Visible Cities, Global Comics: Urban Images and Spatial Form. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.


Nominated for 2019-20 SCMS Katherine Singer Kovács Award

Selected for 2020 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title

Reviewed in International Journal of Comic Art 21.2, 2020

Interviewed for Broken Frontiers comics blog, Dec. 11, 2019


2019    Fraser, B. The Art of Pere Joan: Space, Landscape and Comics Form. Austin: University of Texas Press.


Reviewed in Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 55.2, 2021

Nominated for 2020 Eisner Award (short-list of 6) for Best Academic / Scholarly Work

Reviewed in Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics (online prepublication)

Reviewed in European Comic Art 13.1, 2020


2018    Fraser, B. Cognitive Disability Aesthetics: Visual Culture, Disability Representations, and the (In)Visibility of Cognitive Difference. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.


Reviewed in Bulletin of Spanish Studies 98.1, 2021

Reviewed in Disability Studies Quarterly 40.1, 2020

Reviewed in Disability and Society 35.8, 2020

Selected as Open Access tite:

Reviewed in Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature 72.2, 2018


2015    Fraser, B. Toward an Urban Cultural Studies: Henri Lefebvre and the Humanities. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.


Reviewed in Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies 38, 2017

Reviewed in Social and Cultural Geography 17.2, 2016

Reviewed in Transnational Literature 9.1, 2015


2015    Fraser, B. Digital Cities: The Interdisciplinary Future of the Urban Geo-Humanities. Backingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.


2014    Fraser, B. Antonio López García’s Everyday Urban Worlds: A Philosophy of Painting. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press.


Reviewed in Bulletin of Spanish Visual Studies 1.2, 2017

Reviewed in Hispania 99.2, 2016


2013    Fraser, B. Disability Studies and Spanish Culture: Films, Novels, the Comic and the Public Exhibition. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press.


Selected as Open Access title:

Reviewed in Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies 10.1, 2016

Reviewed in Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas 13.2, 2016

Reviewed in Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 93.5, 2016

Reviewed in Bulletin of Spanish Studies 92.2, 2015

Reviewed in Hispanic Review 82.1, 2014


2013    Fraser, B. Understanding Juan Benet: New Perspectives. Fwd. by Malcolm Alan Compitello. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press.


Reviewed in Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos 39.2, 2015

Reviewed in Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies 19, 2015

Reviewed in Bulletin of Spanish Studies 91.8, 2014

Reviewed in Hispania 97.3, 2014

Cited in the Spanish press in the Diario de León, 2013


2011    Fraser, B. Henri Lefebvre and the Spanish Urban Experience: Reading the Mobile City. Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press.


Reviewed in Cincinnati Romance Review 28, 2014

Reviewed in Romance Quarterly 59.4, 2012


2010    Fraser, B. Encounters with Bergson(ism) in Spain: Reconciling Philosophy, Literature, Film and Urban Space. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, Studies in Romance Languages and Literatures, #295.


Reviewed in Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies 16.1, 2015




2021    Fraser, B. and S. Spalding (eds). Transnational Railway Cultures: Trains in Music, Literature, Film and Visual Art. New York; Oxford: Berghahn Books [Explorations in Mobility #6].


2016    Fraser, B. (ed. & introd.). Cultures of Representation: Disability in World Cinema Contexts. New York: Wallflower Press/Columbia University Press.


Nominated by Columbia UP for SCMS Best Edited Collection Award 2017

Reviewed in Disability & Society 31.9, 2016

Reviewed in New Cinemas 14.2, 2016


2014    Fraser, B. (ed. & introd.). Marxism and Urban Culture. Fwd. by Andy Merrifield. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (Rowman & Littlefield).


2012    Fraser, B. (ed. & introd.). Capital Inscriptions: Essays on Hispanic Literature, Film and Urban Space in Honor of Malcolm Alan Compitello. Newark: Juan de la Cuesta [Homenajes series #41].


2012    Fraser, B. and S. Spalding (eds.). Trains, Culture and Mobility: Riding the Rails. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (Rowman & Littlefield).


2012    S. Spalding and Fraser, B. (eds.). Trains, Literature and Culture: Reading and Writing the Rails. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (Rowman & Littlefield).


Reviewed in Cuadernos de Literatura 17.33, 2013


2011    Fraser, B. (ed. & introd.). La urbanización decimonónica de Madrid: textos de Mariano José de Larra y Ramón de Mesonero Romanos. Doral, FL: Stockcero.


2009    Fraser, B. (ed. & trans.). Deaf History and Culture in Spain: A Reader of Primary Sources. Fwd by Samuel J. Supalla. Washington D.C.: Gallaudet University Press.



2015    Foster, D., Fraser, B., and VanPatten, B. (eds.). “Special Focus Issue: The Scholarship of Film and Film Studies.” Hispania 98.3 (2015): 384-606.


2013    Fraser, B. (ed.). “Reading Madrid: Perspectives from Urban Cultural Studies.” Guest-edited special issue of the International Journal of Iberian Studies 26.1-2 (2013): 3-102.




2022     Fraser, B. “‘Fraught with Background’: Narration, Monstration and Style in the Biblical Adaptations of R. Crumb and Chester Brown.” Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, pp. preprint published online..


2022     Fraser, B. “Down Syndrome Ensembles, Autonomy and Disability Rights in The Grown-Ups (2016) by Maite Alberdi.” Chasqui 50.2, pp. 233-52.


2022     Fraser, B. “The Sonic Force of the Machine Ensemble: Transnational Objectification in Steve Reich’s Different Trains(1988).” In Transnational Railway Cultures: Trains in Music, Literature, Film and Visual Art. Edited by B. Fraser, S. Spalding. Series: Explorations in Mobility, vol. 6. New York; Oxford: Berghahn Books, pp. 46-63.


2021     Fraser, B. “‘A Sort of Enchanted Place’: Town and Country Mysticism and the Architectural Façade in Seth’s Clyde Fans.” ImageText: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies 13.1, no pag.


2021     Fraser, B. “Tactile Comics, Disability Studies and the Mind’s Eye: On ‘A Boat Tour’ in Venice with Max.” Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 12.5, pp. 737-49.


2021     Fraser, B. “Forging the Iberian Comic in Post-Dictatorial Barcelona: Space, Place and Nonplace in Pere Joan’s Passatger en trànsit (1984).” Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies 22.3: pp. 367-86.


2021     Fraser, B. “El ingenio visual de Miguel Noguera: el noveno arte vs la literatura en el cómic ‘Camilo José Cela’ (2010).” Bulletin of Spanish Visual Studies 5.1, pp. 111-33.


2021     Fraser, B. “Architecture, Urbanistic Ideology, and the Poetic-Analytic Documentary Mode in Mercado de futuros (2011) by Mercedes Álvarez.” In Architecture and the Urban in Spanish Film. Edited by Susan Larson. Bristol: Intellect. pp. 22-37.


2020     Fraser, B. “Paco Roca’s graphic novel La casa (2015) as Architectural Elegy.” In Spanish Comics: Historical and Cultural Perspectives. Ed. Anne Magnussen. New York; Oxford: Berghahn Books. pp. 182-201. [Reprint of 2018 journal article from European Comic Art]


2020     Fraser, B. “Tete Montoliu, Blindness and Barcelona in the Key of Modern Jazz.” Catalan Review 34, pp. 1-17.


2020     Fraser, B. “Trains, Time and Technology: Teaching ‘Mecanópolis’ through Mobility and Science Fiction Studies.” Teaching the Works of Miguel de Unamuno. Ed. Luis Álvarez-Castro. New York: MLA. pp. 112-18.


2019     Fraser, B. “On Polysemiotic Interactions, Visual Paratexts, and Image-Specific Translation: The Case of Rodolfo Santullo and Matías Bergara’s Dengue (2012/2015).” Studies in Comics 10.2, pp. 279-95.


2019     Fraser, B. “Joaquim Jordà and Nuria Villazán’s Mones com la Becky [Monkeys Like Becky] (1999) and the New Global Disability Documentary Cinema.” Disability Studies Quarterly 39.2, no pag.


2019     Fraser, B. “Obsessively Writing the Modern City: The Partial Madness of Urban Planning Culture and the Case of Arturo Soria y Mata in Madrid, Spain.” Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies 13.1, pp. 21-37.


2018     Fraser, B. “El lenguaje visual innovador de Pere Joan: el pictograma analógico frente a la cultura digital en el cómic español contemporáneo.” Romance Studies 36.4, pp. 180-95.


2018     Fraser, B. “Urban Difference ‘On the Move’: Disabling Mobility in the Spanish Film El cochecito (Marco Ferreri, 1960).” Freakish Encounters. Ed. Sara Muñoz-Muriana and Analola Santana. Hispanic Issues Online, vol. 20, pp. 234-51.


2018     Fraser, B. “Miguel Brieva, quincemayista: Art, Politics and Comics Form in the 15-M Graphic Novel Lo que (me) está pasando (2015).” Transmodernity: Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production of the Luso-Hispanic World 8.1, pp. 42-62.


2018     Fraser, B., A. Masterson-Algar and S. L. Vilaseca. “Cultural Studies, Behind the Scenes: Notes on the Craft of Interdisciplinary Scholarship.” Journal of Urban Cultural Studies 5.1, pp. 3-14.


2018     Fraser, B. “Paco Roca’s graphic novel La casa (2015) as Architectural Elegy.” European Comic Art 11.1, pp. 87-106.


2018     Fraser, B. “Visual/Geo-Spatial Knowledge and the Digital Library: On the ‘Mutaciones’ Section of Agustín Fernández Mallo’s El hacedor (de Borges), Remake (2011).” Hispanic Studies Review 3.1, pp. 63-77.


2018     Fraser, B. “The Public Animal in Barcelona: Urban Form, the Natural World and Socio-Spatial Transgression in the Comic “Un cocodril a l’Eixample” (1987) by Pere Joan and Emilio Manzano.” Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies 19.1, pp. 89-110.


2017     Fraser, B. “The City as Organizing Principle in 21st-Century Luso-Hispanic Studies.” Hispania 100.5, pp. 137-42.


2017     Fraser, B., C. Kresz and I. Swain. “Digital Barcelona: An Interdisciplinary Urban Cultural Studies Digital Project.” Journal of Urban Cultural Studies 4.1-2, pp. 195-206.


2017     Fraser, B. “A Biutiful City: Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Filmic Critique of the ‘Barcelona Model.’” The Barcelona Reader: Cultural Readings of a City. Ed. Enric Bou and Jaume Subirana Ortín. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press. pp. 417-42. [Reprint of 2012 journal article in Studies in Hispanic Cinemas]


2017     Fraser, B. “Galdós, Subjective Realism and Comics Form: Nela (2013) by Rayco Pulido Rodríguez.” Entre la ética y la estética: Estudios en homenaje a Joan Gilabert. Ed. Nuria Morgado and Agustín Cuadrado. Newark: Juan de la Cuesta. pp. 205-19.


2017     Fraser, B. “The Modern City, 1850-1900: Urban Planning and Urban Culture in Madrid, Barcelona and Bilbao.” The Routledge Companion to Iberian Studies. Ed. Javier Muñoz-Basols, Laura Lonsdale and Manuel Delgado. London: Routledge. pp. 319-29.


2016     Fraser, B. “Filosofía urbana y movimiento (disciplinario): El pensamiento lefebvriano (bergsoniano) de Manuel Delgado Ruiz.” Filosofía y culturas hispánicas: Nuevas perspectivas. Ed. Nuria Morgado y Rolando Pérez. Newark: Juan de la Cuesta. pp. 257-70.


2016     Fraser, B. and J-P. van Arnhem. “A Collaborative Approach to Urban Cultural Studies and Digital Humanities.” Laying the Foundation: Digital Humanities in Academic Libraries. Ed. John W. White and Heather Gilbert. West Lafayette: Purdue UP. pp. 151-78.


2016     Fraser, B. “Comics Art and Urban Cultural Studies Method through Chris Ware’s Building Stories (2012).” Journal of Urban Cultural Studies 3.3, pp. 291-99.


2016     Fraser, B. “Art and Science in Pere Joan’s Nocilla Experience (2011).” International Journal of Comic Art 18.1, pp. 169-95.


2016     Fraser, B. “El cine, la ciudad, lo urbano: notas desde los estudios culturales urbanos.” Vademécum del cine iberoamericano: métodos y teorías. Ed. Eugenia Afinoguénova, Samuel Amago, Kathryn Everly. Hispanófila 177, pp. 263-76.


2016     Fraser, B. “Battling Voices: Schizophrenia as Social Relation in Abel García Roure’s Una cierta verdad [A Certain Truth] (2008).” Disability Studies Quarterly 36.2, no pag.


2016     Fraser, B. “Senescence, Alzheimer’s Dementia and the Semi-Subjective in Ignacio Ferreras’s Film Arrugas [Wrinkles] (2011).” Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies 10.1, pp. 21-35.


2015     Fraser, B. “Rumbo a Almería: el terreno almeriense vendido y defendido en 800 balas de Álex de la Iglesia.” La retórica del sur: Representaciones y discursos sobre Andalucía en el periodo democrático. Ed. Antonio Gómez L-Quiñones and José Manuel del Pino. Sevilla: Ediciones Alfar, Serie Estudio sobre la Comunicación #207. pp. 265-89.


2015     Fraser, B. “The Future of Hispanic Studies: Disciplinary Challenges.” MIFLC Review 17, pp. 21-25.


2015     Fraser, B. “Our Urban Interiors: Recovering Use Value in the Prose Poems of Luis García Montero’s Una forma de resistencia (2012).” Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies 16.3, pp. 275-91.


2015     Fraser, B. “Madrid’s Gran Vía: An Urban Cultural History and Digital Project.” Journal of Urban Cultural Studies 2.1-2, pp. 205-13.


2015     Fraser, B. “Urban Railways in Buenos Aires: Spatial and Social Alienation in the Documentary Film El tren blanco.” Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies 5.2, pp. 5-22.


2014     Fraser, B. “Henri Lefebvre in Strasbourg: The City as Use Value in José Luis Guerín’s Dans la ville de Sylvie (2007).” Marxism and Urban Culture. Ed. B. Fraser. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (Rowman & Littlefield). pp. 43-61.


2014     Fraser, B. “Sensing Capital: Sight, Sound and Touch in Esteban Sapir’s La antena (2007).” Marxism and Urban Culture. Ed. B. Fraser. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (Rowman & Littlefield). pp. 63-86.


2014     Fraser, B. “Urban Cultural Studies—A Manifesto [part 2].” Journal of Urban Cultural Studies 1.3, pp. 343-56.


2014     Fraser, B. “Urban Cultural Studies—A Manifesto [part 1].” Journal of Urban Cultural Studies 1.1, pp. 3-17.


2014     Fraser, B., Larson, S., Compitello, M.A. “Notes on the Renegotiation of a Hispanic Studies Canon.” ADFL Bulletin[Association of Departments of Foreign Languages] 43.1, pp. 77-90.


2013     Fraser, B. “Madrid, Histological City: The Scientific, Artistic and Urbanized Vision of Santiago Ramón y Cajal.” Symposium: A Quarterly Journal of Modern Literatures 67.3, pp. 119-34.


2013     Fraser, B. “Madrid and Urban Cultural Studies.” International Journal of Iberian Studies 26.1-2, pp. 3-19.


2013     Fraser, B. “Disability Art, Visibility and the Right to the City: The Trazos Singulares [Singular Strokes] (2011) Exhibit at Madrid’s Nuevos Ministerios Metro Station.” Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies 17, pp. 245-61.


2013     Fraser, B. “Diary of a Failed Spanish Capitalist: Individualism and the Ambivalent Critique of Pablo Sánchez’s El alquiler del mundo (2010).” Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 90.6, pp. 679-96.


2013     Fraser, B. “Nikos Kazantzakis’s Bergsonian Spain: Connecting Philosophy, Spanish Literature and Cultural Landscapes.” Hispanófila 168, pp. 37-54.


2013     Fraser, B. “Salvador García Jiménez, ‘autor de minorías’: La novela Angelicomio (1981) y el modelo social de la discapacidad.” Bulletin of Spanish Studies 90.8, pp. 1339-1356.


2013     Fraser, B. “Feijóo on Mars: A Brief Note on the Literary Godfather of Spanish Science Fiction.” Dieciocho 36.1, pp. 37-50.


2012     Fraser, B. “Materialism and Enigma: Juan Benet’s ‘Syllabus,’ Compitello’s ‘Socio–Poetic’ Methodology and Cultural Studies Pedagogy.” Capital Inscriptions: Essays on Hispanic Literature, Film and Urban Space in Honor of Malcolm Alan Compitello. Ed. B. Fraser. Newark: Juan de la Cuesta. pp. 79-91.


2012     Fraser, B. “Visualizing Spain’s Enlightenment: The Marginal Universality of Deafness.” Sociability and Cosmopolitanism: Social Bonds on the Fringes of the Enlightenment. Ed. Scott Breuninger & David Burrow. London: Pickering & Chatto. pp. 27-45.


2012     Fraser, B. “The ‘Sidewalk Ballet’ in the Work of Henri Lefebvre and Manuel Delgado Ruiz.” The Urban Wisdom of Jane Jacobs. Ed. S. Hirt and D. Zahm. London & New York: Routledge. pp. 24-36.


2012     Fraser, B. and S. Spalding. “The Speed of Signs: Train Graffiti, Cultural Production and the Mobility of the Urban in France and Spain.” Trains, Culture and Mobility: Riding the Rails. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (Rowman & Littlefield). pp. 27-57.


2012     Fraser, B. “A Biutiful City: Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Filmic Critique of the ‘Barcelona Model.’” Studies in Hispanic Cinemas 9.1, pp. 19-34.


2012     Fraser, B. and A. Fuoto. “Manchester, 1976: Documenting the Urban Nature of Joy Division’s Musical Production.” Punk & Post-Punk 1.2, pp. 139-54.


2012     Fraser, B. and C. Méndez. “Espacio, tiempo y ciudad: La representación de Buenos Aires en El Eternauta.” Revista Iberoamericana 78.238-239, pp. 57-72.


2012     Fraser, B. “Into the Chilean Mines: The Dialectics of Land and Work in Baldomero Lillo’s Sub–terra” A Contracorriente9.2, pp. 248-81.


2012     Fraser, B. “Hacia un costumbrismo espacial: Larra y la ciencia–ficción de la vida cotidiana en Sin noticias de Gurb(Mendoza) y Plutón BRB Nero (De la Iglesia).” Letras Hispanas 8.1, pp. 48-61.


2012     Fraser, B. “Baldomero Lillo’s Underground Literary Modernism.” The Latin Americanist 56.3, pp. 75-99.


2012     Fraser, B. “On Nocilla and the Urbanization of Consciousness: Multiplicity & Interdisciplinarity in Agustín Fernández Mallo’s Fragmented Trilogy.” Hispania 95.1, pp. 1-13.


2011     Fraser, B., M.A. Compitello, and E. Romero. “An AJHCS Editorial Position Paper: A Modest Proposal on Peer Review.” Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies 15, pp. 11-22.


2011     Fraser, B. “Ildefons Cerdà’s Scalpel: A Lefebvrian Perspective on Nineteenth–Century Urban Planning.” Catalan Review 25, pp. 181-200.


2011     Fraser, B. “Why the Spatial Epistemology of the Videogame Matters: Mētis, Video Game Space and Interdisciplinary Theory.” Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds 3.2, pp. 93-106.


2011     Fraser, B. “Re–Scaling Emotional Approaches to Music: Basque Band Lisabö & the Soundscapes of Urban Alienation.” Emotion, Space and Society 4, pp. 8-16.


2011     Fraser, B. “Toward Autonomy in Love and Work: Situating the Film Yo, también (2009) within the Political Project of Disability Studies.” Hispania 94.1, pp. 1–12.


2010     Fraser, B. “The Art of Engineering: The Bridge as Object and Method in Juan Benet’s Fiction.” Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies 11.2, pp. 167–90.


2010     Fraser, B. “Spain, 1795: A Reconsideration of Lorenzo Hervás y Panduro (1735–1809) and the Visual Language of the Deaf.” Dieciocho 33.2, pp. 259–78.


2010     Fraser, B. “Hacia una teoría de lo desconocido: La aportación visual de Vacas de Julio Medem a la filosofía.” Hispanic Research Journal 11.4, pp. 353–69.


2010     Fraser, B. “The Work of (Creating) Art: Judith Scott’s Fiber Art, Lola Barrera and Iñaki Peñafiel’s ¿Qué tienes debajo del sombrero? (2006) and the Challenges Faced By People with Developmental Disabilities.” Cultural Studies 24.4, pp. 508–32.


2010     Fraser, B. “The Ills of Aerial Photography: Latin America from Above.” Chasqui: revista de literatura latinoamericana 39.2, pp. 70–84.


2009     Fraser, B. “The ‘Kind of Problem Cities Pose’: Jane Jacobs at the Intersection of Pedagogy, Philosophy and Urban Theory.” Teaching in Higher Education 14.3, pp. 265–76.


2009     Fraser, B. “Narrating the Organic City: A Lefebvrian Approach to City Planning, the Novel & Urban Theory in Spain” Journal of Narrative Theory 39.3, pp. 369–90.


2009     Fraser, B. “The Bergsonian Link Between Emotion, Music and Place: From the ‘Motion of Emotion’ to the Sonic Immediacy of the Basque Band Lisabö.” Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies 10.2, pp. 241–62.


2009     Fraser, B. “Imagen, materia, cine: Bergson, Deleuze y Cinelandia de Ramón Gómez de la Serna.” Hispanic Review 77.4, pp. 449–70.


2009     Fraser, B. “Modernist Liquidity Meets Liquid Modernity: From the Occult Stories of Leopoldo Lugones to The Fluidity of Modern Urban Life” English Language Notes 47.2, pp. 85–94. 


2009     Fraser, B. “Undergraduates and Hispanic Sleuths: The Importance of University Cor(ps)e Requirements in a Liberal Learning Curriculum.” In Murder 101: Essays on the Teaching of Detective Fiction, Ed. Ed Rielly. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Press. pp. 38–50.


2008     Fraser, B. “Madrid, Neoplasmic City: Disease and the Urban as Process in Tiempo de silencio.” Letras Peninsulares 21.1, pp. 139–64.


2008     Fraser, B. “Baroja’s Rejection of Traditional Medicine in El árbol de la ciencia.” Bulletin of Spanish Studies 85.1, pp. 29–50.


2008     Fraser, B. “Un neuro–musicólogo antes de su tiempo: discursos actuales del sonido a través de dos cuentos de Leopoldo Lugones.” Hispania 91.4, pp. 794–804.


2008     Fraser, B. “Reconciling Film Studies & Geography: Adolfo Bioy Casares’s La invención de Morel.” Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature 41.1, pp. 153–68.


2008     Fraser, B. “A Snapshot of Barcelona from Montjuïc: Juan Goytisolo’s Señas de identidad, Tourist Landscapes as Process and the Photographic Mechanism of Thought.” In Spain is (Still) Different: Tourism and Discourse in Spanish Identity. Ed. Eugenia Afinoguénova and Jaume Martí–Olivella. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Inc. pp. 151–84.


2008     Fraser, B. “What is Liberal Learning?: Lessons on Pedagogy from Spain’s Institución Libre de Enseñanza.” Proteus: A Journal of Ideas 25.1, pp. 9–17.


2008     Fraser, B. “Why Don Fulgencio Entrambosmares del Aquilón’s ‘Apuntes para un tratado de cocotología’ belongs in the Spanish Cultural Studies curriculum—followed by a concise argument to the contrary: A manuscript by the great–great grandson Entrambosmares, translated from the original with editor’s notes.” Céfiro 8.1–2, pp. 21–35.


2008     Fraser, B. “Toward a Philosophy of the Urban: Henri Lefebvre’s Uncomfortable Application of Bergsonism.” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 26.2, pp. 338–58.


2007     Fraser, B. “Madrid’s Retiro Park as Publicly–Private Space & the Spatial Problems of SpatialTheory.” Social and Cultural Geography 8.5, pp. 673–700.


2007     Fraser, B. “San Sombrèro: A Land of Carnivals, Cocktails and Coups: Henri Bergson’s Theory of Laughter and the Problems of Travel Guide Humour.” Journeys: International Journal of Travel & Travel Writing 8.1–2, pp. 117–27.


2007     Fraser, B. “Manuel Delgado’s Urban Anthropology: From Multidimensional Space to Interdisciplinary Spatial Theory.” Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies 11, pp. 57–75.


2007     Fraser, B. “Deaf Cultural Production in Twentieth–Century Madrid.” Sign Language Studies 7.4, pp. 431–57.


2007     Fraser, B. “Unamuno and Bergson: Notes on a Shared Methodology.” Modern Language Review 102.3, pp. 753–67.


2006     Fraser, B. “The Space in Film and the Film in Space: Madrid’s Retiro Park and Carlos Saura’s Taxi.” Studies in Hispanic Cinemas 3.1, pp. 15–33.


2006     Fraser, B. “Narradores contra la ficción: La novela detectivesca como estrategia política.” Studies in Latin American Popular Culture 25, pp. 199–219.


2005     Fraser, B. “On Mental and Cartographic Space: Belén Gopegui’s La escala de los mapas, Bergson and the Imagined Interval.” España Contemporánea 18.1, pp. 7–32.


2004     Fraser, B. “Problems of Photographic Criticism and the Question of a Truly Revolutionary Image: The Photographs of Mario Algaze, Juan Rulfo and Manuel Alvarez Bravo.” Chasqui: revista de literatura latinoamericana 33.2, pp. 104–22.




2014-present     Founding Co-Editor, w/ Susan Larson, Hispanic Urban Studies book series (Palgrave)


Hispanic Urban Studies – Titles Published in Series To-Date:

2021     François, L. Subterranean Space in Contemporary Mexico City Literature. New York: Palgrave.

2020     Vilaseca, S. (Ed. & trans.) Anarchist Socialism in Early Twentieth-Century Spain: A Ricardo Mella Anthology. New York: Palgrave.

2019     González, J. E. and Robbins, T. R. (Eds.) Urban Spaces in Contemporary Latin American Literature. New York: Palgrave.

2018     Palardy, D. Q. The Dystopian Imagination in Contemporary Spanish Literature and Film. New York: Palgrave.

2017     Holmes, A. Contemporary Argentine Cinema and the Politics of Architecture. New York: Palgrave.

2017     DiFrancesco, M.C. and Ochoa, D. J. (Eds.) Gender in Spanish Urban Spaces. New York: Palgrave.

2016     Cordoba, A. and García-Donoso, D. (Eds.) The Sacred and Modernity in Urban Spain: Beyond the Secular City. New York: Palgrave.

2016     Masterson-Algar, A. Ecuadorians in Madrid: Migrants’ Place in Urban History. New York: Palgrave.

2015     Snyder, J. Poetics of Opposition in Contemporary Spain: Politics and the Work of Urban Culture. New York: Palgrave.

2015     Fraser, B. Toward an Urban Cultural Studies: Henri Lefebvre and the Humanities. New York: Palgrave.




Peer Reviewer of book proposals and book manuscripts for Palgrave Macmillan, University of Toronto Press, SUNY Press, University of Michigan Press, Intellect, Liverpool University Press, Oxford University Press, Vanderbilt University PressBloomsbury, RoutledgeLexington Books (Rowman & Littlefield)


Peer Reviewer, A Contracorriente

Peer Reviewer, Age, Culture, Humanities

Peer Reviewer, Alternatives: Global, Local, Political

Peer Reviewer, Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography

Peer Reviewer, Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies

Peer Reviewer, Bulletin of Spanish Studies

Peer Reviewer, Bulletin of Spanish Visual Studies

Peer Reviewer, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies

Peer Reviewer, Catalan Review

Peer Reviewer, City, Culture and Society

Peer Reviewer, Chasqui

Peer Reviewer, Decimonónica

Peer Reviewer, Disability Studies Quarterly

Peer Reviewer, Emotion, Space and Society

Peer Reviewer, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space

Peer Reviewer, European Comic Art

Peer Reviewer, Hispania

Peer Reviewer, Hispanic Studies Review

Peer Reviewer, Hispanófila

Peer Reviewer, Humanities

Peer Reviewer, Journal of Chinese Cinemas

Peer Reviewer, Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics

Peer Reviewer, Journal of the History of Ideas

Peer Reviewer, Journal of Music and Dance

Peer Reviewer, Journal of Planning History

Peer Reviewer, Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies

Peer Reviewer, Latin American Research Review

Peer Reviewer, Letras Hispanas

Peer Reviewer, Mitologías Hoy

Peer Reviewer, MUSICultures: Journal of the Canadian Society for Traditional Music

Peer Reviewer, Periphērica: Journal of Social, Cultural, and Literary History

Peer Reviewer, PMLA

Peer Reviewer, Revista de Estudios de Género y Sexualidad

Peer Reviewer, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos

Peer Reviewer, Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos

Peer Reviewer, Romance Quarterly

Peer Reviewer, South Carolina Modern Language Review

Peer Reviewer, Studia Neophilologica

Peer Reviewer, Studies in 20th and 21st Century Literature

Peer Reviewer, Studies in Comics                                  

Peer Reviewer, Studies in Latin American Popular Culture                                                                     

Peer Reviewer, Studies in Travel Writing

Peer Reviewer, Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies

Peer Reviewer, Transmodernity: Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production of the Luso-Hispanic World

Peer Reviewer, Urban Planning

Peer Reviewer, Urban Studies

Peer Reviewer, urbe




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2014     UCS 011 Schifani on Buenos Aires Libre


2014     UCS 010 Feinberg on Theater, Labor and La Tabacalera in Madrid


2014     UCS 009 Klausen on Urban Geocaching in Copenhagen


2013     UCS 008 Masterson-Algar on Ecuadorians in Madrid’s Retiro Park


2013     UCS 007 Jefferson on Walcott’s Poetics of Caribbean Urban Modernity  


2013     UCS 006 Afinoguénova on Public Protest & Madrid’s Prado Promenade  


2013     UCS 005 Kooistra on Sexuality and Urbanization in Hollywood


2013     UCS 004 Lamb on Parkour, Architecture and the Body in Indianapolis


2013     UCS 003 Fraser on Antonio López García’s Everyday Urban Worlds


2013     UCS 002 Thornbury on Trains, Gender & Fictional Characters in Tokyo  


2013     UCS 001 Vilaseca on Street Art in Spain (Valencia, Bilbao, Barcelona)

Currently Teaching

SPAN 350 – Readings in the Literary Genres

SPAN 449A – Topics in Spanish Literature and Cultural Studies

This course will explore topics in the literature and culture of Spain. Through the readings in this course students will develop analytical and interpretive skills and learn to apply these skills both within the classroom environment and on their own. Additionally, students will achieve a nuanced understanding of the literature's social and historical context.

SPAN 599 – Independent Study

Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work. Graduate students doing independent work which cannot be classified as actual research will register for credit under course number 599, 699, or 799.

Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work. Graduate students doing independent work which cannot be classified as actual research will register for credit under course number 599, 699, or 799.

SPAN 920 – Dissertation

Research for the doctoral dissertation (whether library research, laboratory or field observation or research, artistic creation, or dissertation writing).

Research for the doctoral dissertation (whether library research, laboratory or field observation or research, artistic creation, or dissertation writing).