Jose Colmeiro

Ph.D. in Spanish Literature. University of California, Berkeley. MA in Comparative Literature, Stony Brook University, New York. Licenciatura in Modern Languages, Universidad de Salamanca, Spain.


Prior to coming to the University of Auckland, Professor Colmeiro held academic positions in the United States, at Dartmouth College and Michigan State University. He was appointed to the Prince of Asturias Chair in Spanish Studies in 2010.

Research | Current

  • Modern Spanish literature and cultural studies
  • Contemporary Galician culture
  • Gender, cinema, music, and memory studies
  • Hispanic transatlantic studies and global studies

Teaching | Current

SPANISH 103 Iberian and Latin American Civilisations

SPANISH 202 Iberian Cultures and Literatures

SPANISH 206 - 306 Spanish Myths and Global Icons

SPANISH 317 - 718 Hispanic Cultures in Cinema

SPANISH 319 Advanced Spanish

COMPARATIVE LITERATURE 210 World Literatures 2: Machines and Modernities


Postgraduate supervision

Recent PhD direction:

Ekaterina Volkova, “Visual Culture and National Identity in Galicia”, in progress.

Nicole Metcalf, “Cultural Representations of Galician Identity: Contemporary Narratives of Santiago de Compostela and the Camiño de Santiago”. MSU. Main Supervisor, completed in 2014.

Eleanor Hamlin. “Reading the Genre Codes in Scerbanenco’s Hybridised romanzi rosa: A Reception-Based Analysis of Genre-Blending”. Co-supervisor, completed in 2014.

Recent MA thesis Direction:

Mohan Wali, "The Effect of Fascism on Children as Represented in Spanish and Italian Popular

Culture". MA Thesis. 2017-2018

Julia Niall, “Speaking in Tongues? Language Policies of Minority Languages in Spain”. MA Thesis, 2014-2015.

Ekaterina Volkova, “Magical Realism in the Cultural Production of Galicia”. MA Thesis, 2013-2014.


Letras de Oro” Award 1995, Literary Prize for the book Crónica del desencanto: La narrativa de Manuel Vázquez Montalbán. Spain's Ministry of Foreign Affairs - University of Miami.

American Philosophical Society Award, 2002.

Prince of Asturias Chair appointment, University of Auckland, 2010.


  • Study Abroad in Spain Adviser
  • Teaching Assistant Internship in Spain Adviser

Areas of expertise

Modern Spanish literature and cultural studies, Hispanic Transatlantic studies, popular culture, cinema, gender studies, crime fiction, Galician studies.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Colmeiro, J. (2017). Peripheral Visions / Global Sounds. From Galicia to the World. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press. Pages: 344. Related URL.
  • Colmeiro, J. (Ed.) (2017). El pianista (The pianist) Madrid, Spain: Cátedra.
  • Colmeiro, J. (2014). Bagpipes, Bouzoukis and Bodhráns: The Reinvention of Galician Folk Music. A Companion to Galician Culture (pp. 93-114). London: Tamesis. Related URL.
  • Colmeiro, J. (2013). Exorcising Exoticism: Carmen and the Construction of Oriental Spain. In L. J. Trudeau (Ed.) Short Story Criticism: Excerpts from Criticism of the Works of Short Fiction Writers (pp. 292-303). Detroit and New York: Gale/Cengage Learning.
  • Colmeiro, J. (2013). Galeg@s sen fronteiras: Conversas sobre a cultura galega no século XXI. Vigo, Spain: Edicións Xerais de Galicia. Pages: 327. Related URL.
  • Colmeiro, J., & Gabilondo, J. (2012). Negotiating the local and the global: Andalusia, the Basque country, and Galicia. In J. Labanyi, Pavlović T (Eds.) A Companion to Spanish Cinema (pp. 98-110). Malden, Mass.: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Colmeiro, J. (Ed.) (2011). New Zealand and the EU. “Revisiting the Malaspina Expedition in the South Pacific: Cultural Contacts and Contexts” The Europe Institute, University of Auckland. 100 pp.
  • Mistral, S., & Colmeiro, J. F. (2009). Éxodo: Diario de una refugiada española. Barcelona: Icaria Editorial. Pages: 168.

Contact details

Office hours

Semester 1, 2017:  Tues. 3-4pm

Primary office location

ARTS 2 - Bldg 207
New Zealand