Dr. Louie Dean Valencia is an Assistant Professor of Digital History at Texas State University. Prior to joining the Department of History at Texas State, he was a Lecturer on History and Literature at Harvard University. Dr. Valencia serves on the Research Editorial Committee for EuropeNow, the monthly journal of Council for European Studies at Columbia University.

Having earned his A.M./Ph.D. in Early and Late Modern European History at Fordham University, Dr. Valencia studies modern European, Spanish, and Transatlantic history, studying urban spaces, youth and queer culture, fascism, anarchism, exile and displacement, and technology. He is the author of Antiauthoritarian Youth Culture in Francoist Spain: Clashing with Fascism ( Bloomsbury 2018).

Antiauthoritarian Youth Culture in Francoist Spain describes the ways young people dissented against the dictatorship of Francisco Franco, and studies how young people created democratic and pluralistic spaces under the régime, focusing on intersections of urban, subaltern, queer, and youth cultures through questions of technology, censorship, education policies, and youth-oriented media (such as films, comic books, fanzines, and music).

Dr. Valencia is the editor of the forthcoming volume, Far-Right Revisionism and the End of History: Alt/Histories, under contract with Routledge. His next research project, a sequel to his dissertation, will delve into questions of identity through a comparative study of socialised health care and displacement in Europe during the HIV/AIDS crisis of the 1980s and 90s.

Dr. Valencia has held fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the United States Library of Congress, the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, and Santander Universities, amongst others. He is a member of the Scientific and Editorial Committee for the Archivo de la Frontera, a UNESCO project of the Centro Europeo de la Difisión de las Ciencias Sociales at the Universidad de Alcalá in Spain. He has curated and contributed to multiple exhibitions at the Museum of the City of New York, and has presented and published his work internationally to academic and public audiences. He has served as the director and curriculum developer for the Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute at Princeton University.

He is an avid fan of comic books and graphic novels, coffee shops, and European hostels. Dr. Valencia enjoys writing about himself in third person on occasion. He has volunteered extensively with the Special Olympics and Save the Children International.

Dr. Valencia has been featured in VICE/Broadly, Al-Jazeera’s The Stream, The Christian Science Monitor,Technology Tell, The Comics Bulletin, San Antonio Express News, IstoÉ, MSNBC, El Periódico, The New York Times, Crave, National Catholic Reporter, AintItCool, The Comics Alternative, and New York 1, amongst others.

Teaching Interests:

  • Digital history;
  • Public history;
  • Methodology;
  • Museum education

Teaching Interests:

  • Technology/Information creation and distribution;
  • Network analysis;
  • Democracy and the Public Sphere;
  • Fascism/Far-Right Nationalism
  • Antiauthoritarianism;
  • Youth Culture;
  • Subcultures;
  • Gender, Sexuality, and Queer Studies;
  • Urban Studies

Current Projects:

  • Antiauthoritarian Youth Culture in Francoist Spain: Clashing with Fascism, Bloomsbury (May 2018.)
  • Far-Right Revisionism and the End of History: Alt/Histories, Under contract with Routledge (2019)
  • Ravaged & Ravished Bodies: Abjection, Socialised Health Care, and HIV/AIDS in Contemporary Europe, 1984-2000, In progress.
  • Painting Bohemian Lives: The Practise of Everyday Dissent, In progress.

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