PhD in Spanish


2018-2022  PhD in Hispanic Studies, University of British Columbia

Proposed Dissertation: “Drawing (on) Immigration Contemporary Spanish Comics”

Supervisor, Dr. Marisol Fernández Utrera

Funding Agency: SSHRC

2014-2016 Master of Arts in Hispanic Studies, University of British Columbia

Title: (Re)Animating History: Animated Documentaries in Contemporary Hispanic Cinema”

Supervisor: Dr. Marisol Fernández Utrera

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

Academic Experience

Graduate Research Assistantships:

TLEF Project Blended Learning – Spanish for Community Blog (Supervisor: Dr. María Carbonetti) University of British Columbia

TLEF Project Blended Learning – Redesigning 2nd year Spanish language courses (Supervisor: Dr. María Carbonetti) University of British Columbia

“Comprehending and speaking about motion in L2 Spanish: A case of implicit learning in Anglophones” (Supervisor: Dr. Samuel Navarro) University of British Columbia

Academic Service


Adjudicator– Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference (MURC), 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


2018-2022: UBC Four Year Fellowship (FYF)

2018-2021: Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate  Scholarship – 3 year Doctoral. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

2015-2016: Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Master’s Scholarship – Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

2014-2016: Faculty of Arts Graduate Award – University of British Columbia


Research Interests:

  • Golden Age Literature
  • Contemporary Hispanic literature and visual culture

My work largely takes into account drawing in its various forms in contemporary Visual Culture (animation in Spanish and Latin American documentaries, and graphic artistry in Spanish comics). My research examines how visual narration functions beyond a matters of form, asking how it also purposefully participates in communicating the content of the works.  My secondary research interests are found in Spanish Golden Age literature, however these two temporally disparate fields converge in projects related to contemporary visual adaptations of classic, literary canonical texts.


Nagtegaal, Jennifer. “Review of Leen Engelen and Kris Van Heuckelom’s European Cinema After the Wall: Screeing East-West Mobility. Independent Humanities 33.1 (2016): 187-190.

Nagtegaal, Jennifer. (2014). “Creating a Culture of Life Long Learners”. El Tribuno Del Pueblo. Jan – Feb, 6.

Nagtegaal, Jennifer. (2014). “El Aprendizaje Permanente”. El Tribuno del Pueblo. Jan – Feb, 7.

Conference Presentations:

 2018 “Picaresque Drawing: Gutters, Margins and the Unfinished Aesthetic in the Comic Adaptation of El Guitón Honofre (1604, 2005).” 116th annual Conference of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association.

2018 “Towards a Definition of Picaresque Drawing: the Comic Adaptation of El Guitón Honofre (1604, 2005).” Poster presentation at the FHIS graduate student symposium University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

2016 “To engulf an empire: Cannibalism and translatio imperii in La Numancia.Early Romance Studies Research Cluster, University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

2015  “Old Age: A Liminal Space? Ignacio Ferrera’s Arrugas.Sixth Biennial Graduate Student Conference, University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

2015 “José Arcadio Buendía: ¿El caballero andante de García Márquez?” 6th Latin America Research Group Workshop, Victoria.

2014 “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, The University of Calgary, Calgary.