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Óscar Iván Useche

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 Spanish Techno-Founders: The Science and Industry of National Identity.


Assistant Professor of Modern Languages


Modern Languages


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

Survey of Spanish Literature

Spanish Conversation and Composition


Professional Experience

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.

Research Interests

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

Recent Work

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).

Rev. of Intersections of Race, Class, Gender, and Nation in Fin-de-Siècle Spanish Literature and Culture, by Jennifer Smith and Lisa Nalbone. Anales Galdosianos 52 (2018).


Presentations in Conferences:

“Imageries of Destruction: A Mining Dystopia in Armando Palacio Valdés’s La aldea perdida (The Lost Village). The Kentucky Foreign Languages Conference, University of Kentucky, Lexington, April, 2018.

“Of Men and Machines: Leonardo Torres Quevedo’s Automática and the Spanish Regeneration.” 39th Annual Conference of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association (NCSA), Philadelphia, March 2018.