Justin Crumbaugh


  • Chair of Spanish, Latina/o and Latin American Studies
  • Professor of Spanish, Latina/o and Latin American Studies
Justin Crumbaugh

Professor Crumbaugh’s courses have addressed subjects such as Latin American cinema, (under)development as it has been questioned in the Global South, transnational fascism, memory of war, the films of Pedro Almodóvar and the writings of Michel Foucault.

Professor Crumbaugh is the author of Destination Dictatorship (2009) and Spanish Fascist Writing (2021). His articles have appeared in the Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, the Hispanic Review, the Hispanic Research Journal, the Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Prosopopeya, and other publications. His work includes studies on tourism, terrorism and fascist cultural production. His current book project traces the history of political victim enshrinement in Spain.

In addition to teaching at Mount Holyoke, Professor Crumbaugh has held visiting positions at the University of Pennsylvania, Duke University, Amherst College and Hamilton College in Madrid. He has also been invited in recent years to deliver guest lectures at Columbia University, the University of Oxford, Cornell University and other institutions.

Areas of Expertise

Cultural History of Modern Spain and Latin America, Political and Social Thought, Film Studies, Literary Studies


  • Ph.D., Emory University
  • B.A., Kalamazoo College

Recent Publications

Crumbaugh, Justin. (2010) “Victim Discourse, Victim Studies, and the Biopolitics of Counter-Terrorism: The Case of Iñaki de Juana Chaos.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 44.3 (Fall 2010) 657-676.

Crumbaugh, Justin. (2011) “La estética geopolítica de la ‘derecha democrática’: Lecciones de Manuel Fraga y Manolo Escobar.” Ventanas sobre el Atlántico: España y EE.UU. durante el posfranquismo. Eds. Carlos X. Ardavín and Jorge Marí. Valencia: University of Valencia Press, 2011. 145-156.

Crumbaugh, Justin. (2011) “Afterlife and Bare Life: The Valley of the Fallen as a Paradigm of Government.” Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies 12.4 (December 2011): 419-438.

Crumbaugh, Justin. (2012) “Poiesis, producción, trabajo.” Revista ALCES XXI 0 (Spring 2012): 41-53.

Crumbaugh, Justin. (2013-2014) “Sacralización y poder soberano: El discurso de las víctimas.” Prosopopeya: Revista de crítica contemporánea 8 (2013-2014): 157-175.

Recent Awards

Spanish Fascist Writing was one of two books to receive honorable mention for the MLA's Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize, which is awarded every two years to a scholarly book that features translation of a literary work or works.

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