My research interests span Hispanophone literature and culture from the medieval to the modern period and are focused on the cultural memory of al-Andalus.
My monograph, Memories of Colonisation in Medieval and Modern Castile: Rereading and Refashioning al-Andalus (under contract with OUP), sits at the intersection of postcolonial and memory studies. This book examines how and why a medieval legend that narrates Christian Iberia’s disempowerment and domination by a superior Islamic polity (al-Andalus) was repeatedly rewritten once the reverse colonial dynamic had taken hold.
I also work on postcolonial and diasporic responses to medieval and early modern Iberian culture. I have published on neomedievalism in Argentina and have forthcoming publications on Sephardic and Philippine poetry, as well as on the portrayal of the Inquisition in US cinema. In 2023 I was awarded a Carnegie Trust Research Incentive Grant for the project "Living out the Past: Medievalised Self-Fashioning and Postcolonial Memory in Colombia & Argentina" which involves the study of the growing phenomenon of medieval re-enactment across Latin America.
In addition to this, I am developing a second, large, comparative project on historical memory in postcolonial and diasporic poetry that interrogates the persistence of oral ballads in border zones.