Dr. Useche holds a B.S. in Electronics Engineering, and advanced degrees in Latin American and peninsular literatures and cultures. His teaching and research interests include the influence of science, technology and industry on Spanish cultural production, and the relations between dynamics of social, political, and economic transformation and the construction of national identity in Spain during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Professor Useche has taught courses on different periods and problems related to the Hispanic world, as well as a wide variety of Spanish language classes. Currently, he is working on a book provisionally entitled Founders of the Future: The Science and Industry of Spanish Modernization.
Ph.D., M.Phil., Columbia University
M.A., Indiana University, Bloomington
M.A., B.S., Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá
Senior Seminar in Hispanic Studies:
Ibero-American Rock Music and the Politics of Popular Culture in the Hispanic World, 1970-2000
Topics in Hispanic Literature & Culture:
Contemporary Short Fiction and Film
Modernization and its Discontents in 19th- and 20th-Century Spanish Cultural Production
Televised (Hi)Stories: Remembering and Re-Writing the Past in Spanish Media
Narco-Narratives: The Aesthetics of Violence and Illegality in the Hispanic World
Survey of Spanish Literature
Spanish Conversation and Composition
Dr. Useche joined Ursinus after completing his Ph.D in Latin American and Iberian Cultures at Columbia University, where he taught Spanish language and culture for more than 6 years. Previously, Professor Useche was an Associate Instructor of Spanish at Indiana University.
Read about my doctoral thesis in Dissertation Reviews.
- Spanish cultural production of the 19th and 20th centuries
- Science and literature
- Technology and cultural production
- Mathematics and literature
Articles and Reviews:
“Intolerance in Times of Crisis: Towards a Transgressive Literature in El sitio de los sitios (State of Siege) by Juan Goytisolo.” Cuadernos de Literatura 22.43 (2018).
“Laureano Calderón’s Social Foundry: Industrial Imagination and Social Prescription in Restoration Spain.” Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies 19.1 (2018).
Presentations in Conferences:
“Train Travel Instant Narratives: The Technological Limits of Imagination in Emilia Pardo Bazán’s Short Stories.” 40th Annual Conference of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association (NCSA), Kansas City, March 2019.