Elena Iglesias-Villamel, Ph. D.

Associate Professor of Spanish

Elena Iglesias


Elena Iglesias-Villamel was born in Galicia, Spain. She earned her Ph.D in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she specialized in Modern and Contemporary Spanish Fiction and Gender Studies. At Hiram College Iglesias-Villamel is an Associate Professor of Spanish. She teaches undergraduate Spanish courses ranging from beginning language knowledge to Contemporary Spanish Literature, Culture and Film classes on topics such as gender representations, masculinities, the Spanish Civil War and, more recently, the analysis of the modern crime fiction. In addition, she is the director of the Hiram College study abroad program in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.


  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.A., University of Colorado-Boulder
  • B.A., University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • B.A., University of Bourgogne, Dijon, France

Research Interests

Her research investigates nineteenth-century Spanish depictions of masculinity and the male body as an object of narrative writing, as well as a center of social anxiety. Her current research has broaden her scope to include the analysis of representations of global masculinities in Spanish crime novel. In addition, she is interested in the fields of film studies, visual studies and popular cultures.

Selected Publications

  • 2017 “Dying Like a Man: Feminization and Castration in Two novels by Lorenzo Silva” in forthcoming edition by Renee Craig-Odders, Profaned Bodies.
  • 2000 “Ana Ozores: un paseo por la ciudad.” In Ciudades vivas, ciudades muertas: espacios urbanos en la literatura y el folklore hispánicos. K.M. Sibbald, R. de la Fuente (eds). Valladolid: Ediciones de la Universitas Castellae, 2000.