Judit Fuente-Cuesta is originally from Briviesca, the North of Spain. She is a Ph.D student in Hispanic Cultural Studies and a Teaching Assistant of Spanish in our department since 2013. In 2017 she was the recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Assistant in Spanish Award.
In 2009, she completed her B.A in Audiovisual Communication at the University of Burgos (Spain). In addition to this degree, she took a year-long graduate-level course in history and communication, also at the University of Burgos. In 2015 she published her first book: Briviesca a través de sus carteles de fiestas. This book was the result of a research project completed in the course mentioned above; and studied how the festivities posters have represented Briviesca. This work showed that there are a myriad of innovative and unique ways to look at historical, cultural, political and economic changes.
Judit came to the United States in 2011 and completed her M.A in Spanish Literature and Linguistics at Western Michigan University in 2013, where she was awarded the Graduate Research and Creative Scholar Award.
Her main research focuses on the evolution of the most noteworthy celebrities and influential women in Spanish popular culture, from the Francoism dictatorship (1939-1975) to neoliberal democracy (1976-2015). She studies these women in their varying media, including spectacle, cinema, literature, and television. By analyzing them in the aforementioned media spaces, she intends to determine what they have embodied and represented, how they have helped to construct and reify societal norms, and thereby the correlation between the affect and emotions they generate and the political power of the historical period that they symbolize.