Megan Saltzman

  • Senior Lecturer in Spanish
Megan Saltzman

Megan Saltzman’s research focuses on contemporary urban culture of Spanish cities with a transnational and ethnographic approach. Her forthcoming book, "Cultural Politics and Everyday Agency in the Public Spaces of Neoliberal Barcelona" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2024), combines film, literature, and ethnographic fieldwork to expose how everyday practices in public space (loitering, sitting, playing, street selling) not only challenge the city’s policed image but also serve to carve out autonomy from below. She has published on urban cultural themes related to gentrification, spatial in/exclusion, immigration, nostalgia, recycling, urban furniture, independent cultural centers, and “artivism.” In 2018-2019, Saltzman held the Regional Fellow grant at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wolf Humanities Center.

Since 2002, Saltzman has been teaching a wide variety of cultural and literary topics of the Spanish- and Catalan-speaking world in addition to Spanish language. Within the Spanish-speaking world's expanding geography, most recently she has been teaching courses in three contemporary fields: urban studies, material culture, and multi/bicultural identities in Spain, Latin America, and Latinx communities in the United States.

Before coming to Mount Holyoke, Saltzman worked as an Associate Professor at West Chester University in Pennsylvania and an Assistant Professor at the University of Otago in New Zealand. She also held positions at Grinnell College, the University of Michigan, and Amherst College. 

Areas of Expertise

Global Spanish Cultural Studies


  • Ph.D., M.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Happening at Mount Holyoke

Recent campus news

Megan Saltzman, new faculty at Mount Holyoke, researches public spaces in Spain and immigrant communities of the Spanish-speaking world, which today includes nearly every continent.

Recent Publications

Saltzman, M. (2019). “Post-15M Grassroots Interventions in and for Public Space—Resurgence in Everyday Forms of Control and Resistance.” Spain after the Indignados/15M Movement: the 99% Speaks Out, edited by Oscar Pereira and Steven L. Torres. Palgrave Macmillan. Pp. 219–237.

Saltzman, M. (2020). Review of the book "Postgrowth Imaginaries: New Ecologies and Counterhegemonic Culture" by Prádanos, Luis. Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, volume 22.

Saltzman, M. (2019). “Searching for and Reactivating Agency in Trash and Non-space.” Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, volume 23. Special section: “Ecología y estudios culturales ibéricos en el siglo XXI.”

Recent Honors

Invited talk with honorarium for Columbia School of Professional Studies Pre-College, "Resisting Mass Tourism and City Branding." February 21, 2021.

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