Assistant Professor of Spanish

Ph.D., Harvard University
M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara

Dr. Elizabeth S. Lagresa-González obtained her Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard University. Her area of specialization is early modern Hispanic literature and culture, which she addresses at the intersection of gender, visual and material studies. In addition to peer-reviewed articles published on the subject of masculine women and representations of power in the comedia, she has co-authored a book chapter on collaborative approaches to the Digital Humanities, as well as a critical edition and English translation of Bernat Metge’s Lo Somni / The Dream. Dr. Lagresa-González has taught at UCSB, Harvard and Penn State, and has been a Research Fellow at Harvard’s Center for Renaissance Study, the Villa Itatti (Florence), as well as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Free University in Berlin. Her forthcoming monograph, tentatively titled, The Business of Romance: Reappraising Cross-Cultural Transactions in Early Modern Spanish Novellas, builds on her interest in the transculturation of objects and subjects across national and disciplinary borders.


Harvard Teaching Prize (2017) – Awarded for excellence in teaching Spanish by the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard.

Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching (2012, 2014, 2016) – Awarded by the Harvard Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning and the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Education at Harvard.


  • Early Modern Literature and Culture
  • Cross-Cultural Studies
  • Queer, Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Visual and Material Culture



Bernat Metge. Lo Somni / The Dream of Bernat Metge (trans. and ed. with Prof. Antonio Cortijo Ocaña). Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2013.

Reviews: Crítica Hispánica 35.2 (2013): 164-69; Estudis Romànics 36 (2014): 430-31; Revista de Lengua y Literatura Catalana 19 (2014): 361-62; International Journal of the Classical Tradition 22.1 (2015): 140-43.


“Representing Power: The Tragicomic Performance of Private and Public Selves in Lope de Vega’s El castigo sin venganza.” Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies 48 (2017): 133-159.

“Monstruos de la naturaleza: violencia y feminidad en La varona castellana de Lope de Vega.” eHumanista: Journal of Iberian Studies 17 (2011): 99-133.

“A Packe/Of Spanish Lyes,/Sent Abroad In/The World, 1588.” Introduction and transcription, co-authored with Prof. Antonio Cortijo Ocaña. eHumanista: Journal of Iberian Studies. Spanish Black Legend (June 2010).

“Interdisciplinary Knowledge Work: Digital Textual Analysis Tools and Their Collaboration Affordances” (chapter co-authored with Jessica C. Murphy, Jeff Scheible, and Monica Bulger) in Collaborative Approaches to the Digital in English Studies. Ed.Laura McGrath. Computers and Composition Digital Press/Utah State University Press, 2011.


Cervantes’s Exemplary Novellas, ed. and trans. Michael Harney. The Sixteenth Century Journal 38.1 (2017): 230-1.

The Poetics of Piracy: Emulating Spain in English Literature, Barbara Fuchs. Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies 45 (2014): 247-50.

Narcissism and Suicide: in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries, Eric Langley. Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies 42 (2011): 259-61.

Women, Armies, and Warfare in Early Modern Europe, John A. Lynn II. eHumanista: Journal of Iberian Studies 14 (2010): 276-9.

The Drama of the Portrait: Theater and Visual Culture in Early Modern Spain, Laura R. Bass. eHumanista: Journal of Iberian Studies 15 (2010): 402-5.

Marriage and Violence: The Early Modern Legacy, Frances E. Dolan. Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies 40 (2009): 279-81.

La Convivencia en las Ciudades Medievales, ed. Beatriz Bolumburu and Jesús Telechea. Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies 40 (2009): 274-6.