Ph.D. Candidate in Modern History, ABD, Fordham University

Dissertation Title: Making a Scene: Comic Books, Punk Rock, Antiauthoritarian Youth Culture, and Creating Democratic Spaces in Franco’s Spain, 1955-1984

Co-Directed by: Dr. Rosemary Wakeman (Fordham University) and Dr. Christopher Schmidt-Nowara (Tufts University)

M.A., Early Modern and Modern European History, 2010.

Thesis: Revolt of the Youth: How the Memory of Democratic Dialogue Legitimised Dissent Against the Francoist Régime. Supervised by Dr. David Hamlin and Dr. Christopher Schmidt-Nowara.

B.A.I.S. European Studies, minors in International Studies and Honors Studies, May 2007.

B.A. Spanish Literature, minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, May 2007.

  • Honors Thesis: De Que Va Lo Cheli: How the Argot in the Films of Pedro Almodóvar Reflects the Social Changes in of Spanish Youth Culture in the Post-Franco Era (1975-1985). Supervised by Dr. María de las Nieves Pujalte.
  • College of Liberal Arts Student Commencement Speaker, May 2007.
  • Graduated in the Honors College.

Other Studies/Affiliations:

  • School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University (Summer 2012)
  • Seminar sessions studying questions of critical theory, technology, queer studies, and space.
  • CUNY Graduate Center (Fall 2011)
  • Coursework in Film Studies through the New York City Doctoral Consortium
  • Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain (July 2011)
  • Summer course on Spanish LGBTQ issues
  • Universidad de Valladolid, Spain (Summer 2004, 2005)
  • Completed coursework in Hispanic Studies


Modern Spain, Modern European youth social movements and cultures; dissent; public space and counterpublics; critical theory; queer studies; everyday life; fascism; anarchism, European identity; popular culture and medias; fin-de-siècle studies; bohemian and avant-garde culture; digital humanities; geographic information systems


  • Senior Teaching Fellow, Fordham University, preparing and teaching courses for upper-level and lower-level courses in the History and English Departments. Syllabi Available Upon Request.
  • Dissertation Research, Archivo General de la Administración, Spanish National Library, Archivo Histórico Nacional, Madrid Municipal Archive, Spanish Instituto de la Juventud, the Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas, and the Centro Documental de la Memoria Histórica. (2012-2014)
  • Archival Research, University of Texas at Austin, Research Project for Dr. David Hamlin, Associate Professor of History, Fordham University. (2011)
  • Pre-dissertation Research, Archivo General de la Administración, Álcala de Henares, Spain; Biblioteca Nacional de España, Madrid; Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas, Madrid. (2011, 2012)
  • Research Assistant, Thomas McCoog, S.J., Ph.D., Jesuit Historical Society, Rome. Work included research, translation, sourcing and referencing footnotes for the journal Archivum Historicum Societatis Iesu. (2009-10)
  • Language and Culture Teaching Fellowship, Organised by the Spanish Embassy and the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science; Responsible for imparting English classes to 120 students (ages five to seven), as well as teaching two groups of adults. Furthermore, responsibilities included the organisation of school events in collaboration with Save the Children España. (Sept. 2007-May 2008)
  • Research Assistant, Donald W. Olson, Ph.D., Physics Dept., Texas State University. Member of a research team investigating astronomical events in the photography of Ansel Adams. Responsibilities included: archival research, software development, preparation of graphics and presentations, astronomical calculations. Research resulted in publication in Sky and Telescope Magazine. (Aug. 2004-July 2005)


  • Composition and Rhetoric II; Fall 2013, Spring 2014
  • Painting Bohemian Lives: Absinthe, Ideology, and the Politics of Urban Life; Fall 2014
  • Understanding Historical Change: Early Modern Europe; Spring 2013
  • Understanding Historical Change: Modern Europe; Spring 2012, Fall 2012 (2 sections),
  • Fall 2014, Spring 2015
  • Parent’s University, Fordham Family Weekend 2013, invited to give sample class


  • Pedagogy Theory and Practice Colloquium I; Anne Fernald/Moshe Gold (Spring 2013)
  • Pedagogy Theory and Practice Colloquium II; Anne Fernald/Moshe Gold (Fall 2013)
  • Jesuit Pedagogy Seminar; Christine Firer Hinz, Moshe Gold, Michael Bauer (Spring 2013)
  • Fordham LGBT & Ally Network of Support Training, Office of Multicultural Affairs (Spring 2011)
  • Teaching History; Nancy Curtin (Fall 2010)


  • Digital Strategy Analyst, Reindeer Group, New York City, NY, (December 2008-December 2010). Research, New Media Strategy, content management of “GOOP by Gwyneth Paltrow”, PepsiCo., Patron Tequila.
  • Publications and Publicity Coordinator, Honors College, Texas State University, (August 2004- August 2007). Responsible for the publication of university pamphlets, brochures, posters and advertisement placement, and digital media. Additionally, position called for event organisation and preparation for invited campus speakers. Other responsibilities included: research, graphic design, budget proposals and presentations to administrators.
  • Online Editor, Shot Entertainment, San Francisco, CA, (2000-2002). Founder and manager of music fan website, subsequently purchased by

LANGUAGES: Native in Castilian and English; Intermediate Level of Catalonian and French; Basic Latin


Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies; Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History; Urban History Association; Fordham History Graduate Student Association (Social Coordinator, Social Media/Digital Humanities Coordinator 2009-2014)


  • 2014 Poetas por Km²: Poets in New York at Lincoln Center, Chair, Spring 2014.
  • McCloskey Summer Fellowship Committee, Spring 2014.
  • Cities in History: Urban Identities Reconsidered Conference Planning Committee, Spring 2011.
  • Fordham Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Advisory Committee, Fall 2010.
  • Fordham History Graduate Student Executive Council, 2009-2014.
  • Texas State Honors Program Director Search Committee, 2007.
  • Texas State Honors Program Committee, 2005-07.
  • Special Olympics Summer Games Press committee, 2002-03.


  • Fordham GSAS Presidential Senior Teaching Fellowship, 2014-2015.
  • Fordham GSAS Presidential Graduate Fellowship, 2009-2014.
  • Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC) Fellowship, 2014
  • Fordham Travel Grant to attend Digital Humanities 2014 Conference, Université de Lausanne/École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, 2014.
  • Acción Cultural Española Cultural Programming Grant, 2013-2014.
  • Hispanex Culture Fellowship, Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, 2013-2014.
  • United States Library of Congress Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon Fellowship, 2013.
  • Santander Universities Summer Fellowship, 2013.
  • Paul Levack Prize in History, for scholarship and service to Fordham University, 2013.
  • Jesuit Pedagogy Seminar Fellowship, Fordham University, 2013.
  • Fellowship to attend the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University, 2012.
  • Summer Fellowship to attend “La cuestión LGTB en la España del siglo XX”, Escorial Palace, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 2011.
  • Program for Cultural Cooperation Between Spain’s Ministry of Culture and United States’ Universities Preliminary Research Grant, 2011.
  • Fordham Summer Research Support Grant, 2011, 2012, 14
  • Fordham Graduate Student Association Travel Grant, 2010.
  • Spanish Ministry of Education and Science Language and Culture Fellowship, 2007-08.
  • Graduation Commencement Speaker, College of Liberal Arts, Texas State University, 2007.
  • University Honors Thesis Grant, 2006, 2007.
  • Roberto A. Galván Scholarship, 2006-07.
  • Texas State International Education Fee Scholarship, 2004, 2005.
  • University Honors College Scholarship, 2005, 2006.


  • Valencia-García, Louie Dean. “Reinventing a Carnivalesque Public Sphere: (Re)imagining and (Re)drawing Madrid in the Long 1970s.” Chapter in The Punk Aesthetic in Comics, edited by Christopher Field, et al. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Forthcoming 2015.
  • Valencia-García, Louie Dean. “Madrid Kills Me: Late Nights in the Movida Madrileña.” Chapter in The Gallows Are Busy. Cicada Press, 2014.
  • Valencia-García, Louie Dean. “Acción, meditaciones y muerte de Juan Bravo, de la colección La Banda de Moebius, editada por Luis Manuel Rodríguez Editor.” Colección: E-libros: El paraíso de las islas. Centro Europeo para la Difusión de las Ciencias Sociales: Archivo de la Frontera, 2013.
  • Valencia-García, Louie Dean. “Truth, Justice and the American Way in Franco’s Spain.” In The Ages of Superman: Essays on the Man of Steel in Changing Times, edited by Joseph J. Darowski. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2012.
  • Valencia-García, Louie Dean. “A Growing Indignant Global Youth Movement”, NYC Latino Politics Blog, 12 August 2011.
  • Referenced in the CRS Report for Congress, Foreign Students in the United States: Policies and Legislation, Chad C. Haddal, Jan. 31, 2008. Order Code: RL31146.
  • “Ansel Adams and the Autumn Moon,” Donald Olson, Russell Doescher, Louie Dean Valencia, Kara Holsinger, Ashley Ralph. Sky and Telescope Magazine, October 2005.


  • “The Rectification of Names: A Teach-In on Torture, Human Rights, and Restorative Justice”, Moderator and Coordinator, Fordham University, March 2015.
  • “Clashing with Fascism: Spain’s Democratic Transition in Punk Comic Books”, Paper presented to the 46th Annual Conference of the Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies, Johns Hopkins University, March 2015.
  • “Drawing Conclusions: Investigating Fascist Spain through Comic Books and Fanzines”, Fordham University History Day, February 2015.
  • “Teaching Digital IRL: Trials of a Millennial Teaching Millennials”, Co-sponsored by the Fordham Graduate Student Digital Humanities Group and GSAS Futures, Fordham University, February 2015.
  • Invited Speaker, How to Read a Newspaper: Bias, Objectivity and Subjectivity, Fordham Gabelli School of Business Management Society, Fordham University, November 2014
  • Invited Panelist, Getting Respect: Comics Goes to College: Academic Mini-Conference, Wizard World Comic Book Convention, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas, September 2014.
  • Invited Panelist, 1939: Batman’s Beginning and the Year that Changed Everything, Wizard World Comic Book Convention, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas, September 2014.
  • Organizer, Poetas por km²: Poets in New York, Poetry event in bringing 11 Spanish and New York poets together, including a workshop on book binding and the materiality of the book, Fordham University, May 2014.
  • “Augmented Reality-Infused Pedagogy: Making Social Media Relevant in the Classroom,” Digital Humanities + Pedagogy: A Workshop, Fordham University, April 2014.
  • Invited Commentator, Representations of Violence in the Construction of National Identity panel, Fordham University Graduate Student Conference, Fordham University, April 2014.
  • “Making a Scene: Reviving the Public Sphere through Sex, Drugs, and Comic Books,” Council for European Studies Conference 2014: Resurrections, Washington D.C., March 2014.
  • “Penetrating Franco’s Spain: Civil Rights Discourse in Franco’s Spain,” History Day, Fordham University, February 2014.
  • Invited Panelist, What is Fairness?: A Panel Disscussion, Inaugural event for Fair Trade Month discussing activism and café culture, Rodrigue’s Coffee House, Fordham University, October 2014.
  • Invited Public Lecture, “Truth, Justice and the American Way in Franco’s Spain”. Chosen by undergraduate students to present to Parents Weekend, Fordham University, October 2013.
  • “Overheard in a Coffee Shop: Pedagogical Approaches to Illustrating the Enlightenment”. Symposium on Jesuit Pedagogy, Fordham University, May 2013.
  • Moderator, “What Happened to the Archive? Shifting Paradigms in the Humanities.” Panel for Gannon Lecture Series, Fordham University, April 2013.
  • “Spanish Revolution: Youth, Dissent & “Occupying” Space in Madrid.” Paper presented to the conference From Meydan Tahrir to Wisconsin: Rethinking Revolution, Democracy and Citizenship, Cornell University, April 2012.
  • “The Penetration of Franco’s Spain: Youth and American Culture, 1960-1980.” Paper presented to the 43nd Annual Conference of the Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies, Tufts University, March 2012.
  • “Truth, Justice and the American Way in Franco’s Spain.” Communitas Finalist, Presentation for the Gannon Lecture Series Fordham University, April 2012.
  • Invited presentation and photography exhibit, “Occupy ______: What is this Global Youth Movement?” Photo gallery exhibition at The Gallery of the Common Experience, Texas State University, Winter 2011-Spring 2012.
  • Moderator, “Street Beef: Urban Voices, Fashion, and Harassment.” Panel for the conference The Art of Outrage: Poetics, Politics, Polarization, Fordham University, October 2011.
  • Chair and Commentator, “Rebels with a Cause: Youth Cultures and Geographies of Dissent.” Panel for the conference Cities in History: Urban Identities Reconsidered, Fordham University, Organizer, Chair and Commentator, September 2011.
  • “Truth, Justice and the American Way: Pluralism, Youth and Supermán in Franco’s Spain.” Paper presented to the 42nd Annual Conference of the Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies, University of Lisbon, Portugal, July 2011.
  • “Remembering the Liberal Era: The Legitimisation of Dissent Against the Francoist Regime.” Paper presented to Dissent & History: An Examination of Individual & Collective Opposition to Power Structures, Univ. of Rochester, March 2010.
  • “The Dionysian Representation of Tadzio as a Reflection of Aschenbach’s Humanity in Death in Venice.” Paper presented to Sex, Death and Boredom Conference, Fordham University, February 2010.
  • “Cómo el argot de las películas de Pedro Almodóvar refleja los cambios sociales de la juventud española en el posfranquismo (1975-1985).” Paper presented to the National Undergraduate Research Conference, Dominican University of California, May 2007.
  • “Our Lady of Liberty: How Marianne Attempted to Replace Notre Dame.” Paper presented to Gender and Enlightenment: The Eighteenth-Century Debate and its Legacy, Texas State University, March 2007.
  • Invited Panelist, New Directions in History Panel at World History Association of Texas Conference, Texas Lutheran University, 2006.


  • Editor, Digital magazine and collaborative project studying bohemian lives.
  • Scientific and Editorial Committee,, project of the Centro Europeo de Difusión de las Ciencias Sociales and the Universidad de Alcalá, 2013-present.
  • Editor, Digital collaborative project studying European Culture.
  • Planning committee,, Project that raised $90,000 for hurricane victims, Fall 2012.


  • “Scholars take comic books seriously at Wizard World”, San Antonio Express News, 5 August 2014. Feature Story.
    •“Spaniards insist: ‘Referendum now’”, The Stream, Al Jazeera English, 10 June. 2014. Invited Commentator.
    •“O novo rei d’Espanha: Como será o reinado de Felipe VI, que já assume com multidões nas ruas pedindo a volta da Repúblicaa”, IstoÉ, 6 June. 2014. Magazine Interview.
    • “Quiero escribir una historia de La Movida social y de la gente corriente”. Somos Malasaña. 17 July 2013. Feature Story.
    •“Occupy Wall Street seeks to hone message”, News 12 Bronx, New York, 17 Nov. 2011. TV Interview.
  • “Tras el polémico desalojo ordenado por Bloomberg: Ocupa Wall Street entra en una nueva etapa”, El Periódico (Spanish Edition), 16 Nov. 2011. Newspaper Interview.
  • “Ocupem Wall Street entra en una nova etapa”, El Periódico de Catalunya (Catalan Edition),16 Nov. 2011. Newspaper Interview.
  • “Ousted, Protesters’ Future is Uncertain”, The New York Times Online, 15 Nov. 2011. Photo Featured.
  • “Manifestantes de “Occupy” pueden regresar al parque Zuccotti sin carpas ni bolsas de dormir”, New York 1 News Español, 15 Nov. 2011. TV Interview.
  • “Occupy Movement Takes Up Residence in the Bronx”, Norwood News, 19 Oct. 2011. Newspaper Interview.
  • “New Light on Moon Masterpiece”, MSNBC Cosmic Log, 22 Aug. 2005. News mention.


“In Our Son’s Name” Film Viewing: The Search for Peace and Justice in a Post-9/11 World (2015), You Did It To Me: An Ash Wednesday Meditation on Human Rights and Human Dignity (2015), 2014 Poetas por Km²; History Day: Undergraduate Conference and Information Fair (2012-15); Cities in History: Urban Identities Reconsidered Conference (2011); Erin Brockovich-Ellis (2007); Isabel Allende (2007); “Fast for Darfur” (2007); “Protest and Dissent: Juilliard Joins Texas State for A Common Experience in the Arts” (2007); Hettie Jones (2006); Nozuko Ngcaweni: Dignity and Courage in the Time of AIDS (2006); Luis Valdez: Zoot Suit (2006); Translating Clarice Lispector: The Stylistics of Love (2006); Spike Lee (2006); Gilbert Tuhabony: Escaping Genocide (2006); Mohammad Al-Atar: Palestinians for Peace (2004); The Malady of Death: Asa Mader and Anna Mouglalis (2004); Texas Special Olympics Summer Games (2003-2004)