Pilar Bellver
Dr. Pilar BellverMarquette University

Lalumiere Hall, 494

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-6837
Curriculum Vitae

Associate Professor of Spanish

Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Coordinator of Spanish Heritage and Native Speaker Program


I have a B.A. from the University of Valencia, Spain, where I was born and raised, and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. I teach a variety of language, culture, and literature courses, including courses for heritage learners of Spanish that touch on issues of cultural identity and multiculturalism in the USA. My areas of expertise include Mexican literature and Contemporary Latin American/Latinx Studies. Most of my published research has focused on the US/Mexico border and on the ways border life and identities have been poeticized by Mexican travelers, novelists, and filmmakers. More recently, I have begun conducting research in the field of Animal Studies. I am particularly interested in exploring the political and philosophical implications of our violent interactions with animals, and the ways in which contemporary Latin American writers envision alternative understandings of our relationship with animals and the environment.


Ph.D. Hispanic Literatures, University of Pittsburgh

M.A. Foreign Languages, West Virginia University

B.A. English, Universidad de Valencia, Spain

Courses Taught

  • Advanced Communication in Spanish

  • Advanced Communication in Spanish for Heritage Speakers

  • Peoples and Cultures of Spain

  • Peoples and Cultures of Latin America

  • Introduction to Literary Analysis

  • Introduction to Literary Analysis for Heritage and Native Speakers

  • Introduction to Spanish for Health Care

  • Contemporary Issues in the Hispanic World

  • U.S. Latino/a Literature

  • U.S. Latino/a Life Writing

  • U.S./Mexico Border Literature

  • Trends in Contemporary Latin American Literature

  • Border Stories: Identity, Community and Conflict in U.S. and Mexican Literature on the Border

  • Writing Nature: Environmental Justice in Contemporary Latin American Literature


  • 20th & 21st Century Latin American Literature
  • U.S. Latino Literature
  • Border Studies
  • Animal Studies


  • “Cuba y Cataluña en la España de Franco: Las crónicas de Josep Pla para Destino.” Hispanic Studies Review, 3.1 (2018): 14-29.
  • “El desierto habitado: Bajo California, de Carlos Bolado, y la redefinición del desierto fronterizo en el Cine mexicano contemporáneo.” Hispanic Research Journal. Screen Arts Issue. 16.1 (2015): 65-85.
  • “ ‘Un país casi extranjero’: nación, civilización y frontera en las crónicas periodísticas de Manuel Payno.” Hispanic Research Journal 15.4 (August 2014). 302-317.
  • “El desafío a la autenticidad: autobiografía, texto e imagen visual en Silent Dancing, por Judith Ortiz-Cofer. Letras Femeninas 38.2 (2012). 111-128.
  • “Transpeninsular de Federico Campbell: el desierto de Baja California y la crisis de la (pos)modernidad en el México del nuevo milenio.” Hipertexto 15 (2012). 3-18. Online.

Honors and Awards

  • 2010 Faculty Course development Grant, Center for Transnational Justice, Marquette University.
  • 2015 Faculty Course Development Grant, Center for Transnational Justice, Marquette University.
  • 2008 Faculty Development Award, Marquette University.
  • Cultural Studies Fellowship. Cultural Studies Program. University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.

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Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Lalumiere Hall, 474
1310 W. Clybourn St.
Milwaukee, WI 53233
(414) 288-7063

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