Megan Saltzman

Visiting Scholar
Global Spanish Cultural Studies and Urban Studies

Megan Saltzman’s research focuses on contemporary urban culture of Spain with a transnational and ethnographic approach. Her forthcoming book, "Cultural Politics and Everyday Agency in the Public Spaces of Neoliberal Barcelona," exposes how everyday practices in public space (loitering, sitting, playing, remembering…) not only challenge the city’s policed image but also serve to carve out autonomy from below. She has published on urban themes such as gentrification, spatial in/exclusion, nostalgia, trash and DIY recycling, immigration, urban furniture, and “artivism.” Since 2002 Saltzman has been teaching a wide variety of courses in Spanish culture, literature, and language.

Recent Publications

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.”

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.

Recent Honors

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