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Dr Milagros López-Peláez Casellas obtained her PhD in Literature (Chicano Studies) with a Minor in Humanities and Film Studies in Arizona State University (USA). She has also a Diploma de Estudios Avanzados (equivalent to an MA and ABD - All But Dissertation) from the Universidad de Jaén (Department of English Philology) in English literature, an MA from Arizona State University in Chicano literature and a 5-years BA degree in English Philology. She has also taught at Arizona State University (USA) and at Mesa Community College (USA) where she was a Senior Lecturer (permanent position, with Tenure). Before starting her Senior Lectureship position at Coventry University, she was a Teaching Fellow at the University of Leeds (2009-2012) where she also acted as Deputy Director of the Colonial and Postcolonial Institute as well as SPLAS Year Abroad co-ordinator.

She is also a PhD and an MA dissertation supervisor and has been an online lecturer for the MA in “Applied Linguistics for Teaching Spanish/English as a Foreign Language” programmes at the Universidad de Jaén (Spain). In 2012 she published her first single-authored monograph, What about the girls?: estrategias narrativas de resistencia en la primera literatura chicana (Oxford: Peter Lang) She has articles and book chapters on Chicano and English literature, film and Pedagogy published in national and international peer-reviewed journals. She is an Editorial Board Member for The Grove: Journal of English Studies, as well as a Member of the Research Committee HUM 0271 (University of Jaen, Spain). She has served as an external referee for national and international peer-reviewed journals and has given papers on literature and film in both Europe and the USA.

Dr López-Peláez Casellas’ book What about the girls?: estrategias narrativas de resistencia en la primera literatura chicana (Oxford: Peter Lang) contributes to the analysis of the cultural output of the first Chicana novelists: Maria Amparo Ruíz de Burton and Jovita González. Using a hermeneutic approach to the texts of these early writers, this book suggests the existence of a definite embryonic Chicano conscience, reflecting as they do women in a process of self-definition and in search of a new border identity. This book is the first that fully studies and combines both writers and the first to point out their marked feminist and postcolonial character. The methodology employed in the book encompasses feminist and post-colonial criticism together with Lotman’s cultural semiotics.

Dr López-Peláez Casellas’ most recent research activity is a book chapter titled "Under the Skin of Latina Feminism and Racism: Travel Narratives, Novels of Reform and Racial Rhetoric". This is due to be published by Cambridge University Press in February 2018 as part of its forthcoming volume The Cambridge History of Latina/o Literature (

Current PhD supervision:

Supervising as Director of Studies the following PhD students:

1. Haouam, Mohamed Nadjib

2. Berkani, Ikram

3. Berrebbah, Ishak Adel H E

4. Belalem, Fatima Zohra Souad

5. Imane Bouchakour (second supervisor)

Postgraduate teaching:

Coventry University: English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics MA

Module: M06- Teaching English through Literature

Visiting Scholar:

University of Jaen (Spain): Máster Universitario en Investigación y Educación Estética: Artes, Música y Diseño. Departamento de Didáctica de la Expresión Musical, Plástica y Corporal. Universidad de Jaén. Asignatura: “Articulaciones Antropológicas del Arte Actual. Cuerpo, Identidad y Territorio” - 1 crédito ECTS

Dr López-Peláez Casellas is Fellow of the British Academy (Higher Education Academy)

Research Interests

Chicana/o literature; Postcolonial female subjects; US Latina/o Studies; US Ethnic literature; Ethnicity and gender; Border studies; Film studies; Cyber culture; Applied linguistics in second language education

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Research Output 2006 2017

Los gitanos y el flamenco en el cine español: Por la interculturalidad en educación secundaria

Lopez-Pelaez Casellas, M. & Lopez-Pelaez Casellas, M. P. 2017 In : Antropologia Experimental. 17, p. 225-236 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Jovita González

López-Peláez Casellas, M. 2016 In : The Literary Encyclopedia. 3.2.7

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton

López-Peláez Casellas, M. 12 Jun 2016 In : The Literary Encyclopedia. 4.1.3

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Mexican Americans

Under the Skin of Latina Feminism and Racism: Travel Narratives, Novels of Reform and Racial Rhetoric.

López-Peláez Casellas, M. 2016 The Cambridge History of Latino/a Literature.. Lomas, L. & Moran, J. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Cultural translation
American literature

Reviewing The Death of Fidel Pérez

López-Peláez Casellas, M. 2015 In : Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of MALCS. 14, 2, p. 138-140 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Cuban Revolution
Short story

Activities 1995 2018

  • 24 Participation in conference
  • 2 Publication peer-review
  • 2 Membership of network
  • 1 Oral presentation