Dr. Louie Dean Valencia-García is a Lecturer on History and Literature at Harvard University. He studies modern European, Spanish, and Transatlantic history, studying urban spaces, youth and queer culture, fascism, anarchism, exile and displacement, and technology. Dr. Valencia-García currently serves on the Research Editorial Committee for EuropeNow, the new monthly journal of Council for European Studies at Columbia University. He holds both a Ph.D. and M.A. in Early and Late Modern European History from Fordham University in New York City.

Dr. Valencia-García 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.

His doctoral dissertation, Making a Scene: Comic Books, Punk Rock, Antiauthoritarian Youth Culture, and Creating Democratic Spaces in Franco’s Spain, 1955-1984, 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).

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.

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

Dr. Valencia-García has been featured in 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.

Research Interests:

Modern and Early Modern Europe; Spain; Latin America; New York City; transatlantic history; urban history; visual culture; youth culture; history of education; social movements; health care; technology; public space; counterpublics; race/nationalism/class/gender and sexuality; queer studies; fascism; anarchism, European identity; popular culture and media; avant-garde culture; public history; digital humanities

Current Projects:

  • Clashing with Fascism: Antiauthoritarian Youth Culture and Creating Democratic Spaces in Spain, 1955-1984, Under review.
  • 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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