PhD in Spanish

Jennifer Nagtegaal



Master of Arts, Hispanic Studies, University of British Columbia
Supervisor: Utrera Fernández, María Soledad
Title: “(Re)Animating History: The ‘Uncanny’ in Spanish language Animated Documentaries”
My Master’s thesis focuses on the use of animation in historical narratives in film. Specifically, I ask how the genre of the animated documentary recuperates or (re)animates the historically marginalized voices of displaced children, women and political refugees under dictatorships.I use a psychoanalytical approach in my analysis, specifically addressing Freud’s notion of the ‘Uncanny’.

Advanced Modern Language Proficiency Certificate in Spanish, University of the Fraser Valley

Bachelor of Education as a Second Degree, Minor – Curriculum & Instruction, Simon Fraser University

Bachelor of Arts Degree With Distinction, History and English, The King’s University College Degree Status: Completed

Academic experience
Graduate Research Assistantship: TLEF Project Blended Learning – Redesigning 2nd year Spanish language courses (Supervisor: Dr. María Carbonetti) University of British Columbia
Graduate Research Assistantship: “Comprehending and speaking about motion in L2 Spanish: A case of implicit learning in Anglophones” (Supervisor: Dr. Samuel Navarro) University of British Columbia

Co-chair, Organizing Committee – Sixth Biennial International Graduate Student Conference: “(Re)Telling: Adaptation, Translation, Transformation”, University of British Columbia

Committee Member, President’s Advisory Committee for the Selection of a new Head FHIS, University of British Columbia

Graduate Student Representative for FHIS Departmental Meetings, University of British Columbia

Jennifer Nagtegaal


  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Contemporary Hispanic Film Studies (e.g. animation for adult audiences)
  • Golden Age Literature
  • Contemporary Spanish Art and Literature (e.g. graphic novels)

Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Master’s Scholarship – Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

Faculty of Arts Graduate Award – University of British Columbia


Awarded a Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral’s Program [CGS Joseph Armand-Bombardier 3 years scholarship].

Jennifer Nagtegaal



“‘Uncanny’ Transformations: Jairo Carrillo’s Animated Documentary ‘Pequeñas Voces’ (2011)”. Sixth Biennial International Graduate Student Conference, UBC, Vancouver.

“José Arcadio Buendía: ¿El caballero andante de García Márquez?”. 6th Latin America Research Group Workshop, Victoria.

“De cuyo nombre no quiero olvidarme: los nombres en Don Quijote de la Mancha”.
The Second Annual Department of French, Italian and Spanish Undergrad Colloquium
University of Calgary,  Calgary.