Professor Crumbaugh’s research focuses on contemporary Spain. He is the author of Destination Dictatorship: The Spectacle of Spain’s Tourist Boom and the Reinvention of Difference (SUNY Press 2009) and co-author of Spanish Fascist Writing (U of Toronto Press forthcoming). Professor Crumbaugh’s articles have appeared in the Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, the Hispanic Review, the Hispanic Research Journal, the Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, and other scholarly venues. His publications include studies on the cultural formations surrounding the Franco dictatorship, tourism, terrorism, and political victimhood.
The courses Professor Crumbaugh has taught at Mount Holyoke College have addressed subjects such as the politics of filmmaking in Latin America, the idea of "underdevelopment" as it has been questioned in the Global South, fascism, the films of Pedro Almodóvar, and the work of Michel Foucault. In general, his courses seek to foster critical thinking skills so that students not only learn about new people, places, and ways of thinking, but also gain the ability to pose sophisticated questions of their own.