Elena Aldea Agudo Senior Teaching Professor of Spanish; Director of the Spanish Language Center

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Professor Aldea Agudo received her Ph.D. in Contemporary Spanish Literature from the University of Kentucky.

Initially, her scholarship focused on analyzing the idealized representations of war and heroic subjects by Spanish Fascist (Falangist) propaganda in the 1940s.

After the 2008 economic crisis, her research examined the cinematic and literary depiction of that economic crisis in Spain and how identities were negotiated in this harsh situation.

Currently, her work focuses on trauma informed pedagogy. 


B.A., University of Zaragoza, 2002

M.A., University of Kentucky, 2006; Ph.D., 2012