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
  • Hispanic Transatlantic studies, popular culture, cinema, gender studies, crime fiction
  • Galician studies

Spanish literature and cultural studies, contemporary Galician culture, gender, cinema, music, and memory studies.

Teaching | Current

SPANISH 103 Iberian and Latin American Civilisations

SPANISH 202 Iberian Cultures and Literatures

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:

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.

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


Spanish Programme Coordinator, Study Abroad 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. (Ed.) (2015). Encrucijadas globales: Redefinir España en el siglo XXI. Madrid/Frankfurt: Editorial Iberoamericana/Vervuet. Pages: 336.
  • Colmeiro, J. (2014). Crónica general del desencanto: Vázquez Montalbán - Historia y ficción. Barcelona: Anthropos. Pages: 352.
  • 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). El ruido y la furia: Conversaciones con Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, desde el planeta de los simios. Madrid: Editorial Iberoamericana. Pages: 162.
  • 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.

Contact details

Office hours

Semester 1, 2017:  Tues. 3-4pm

Primary location

ARTS 2 - Bldg 207
Level 5, Room 507
New Zealand