Associate Professor of Spanish Studies (on sabbatical 2023-24)
Ph.D. University of Colorado M.A. University of Colorado
Jennifer Brady’s research focuses on representations of subjectivity and the self in contemporary literary and cinematographic works from Spain, as well as on innovative models of placemaking public cultural spaces in Spain. She is curious about the ways in which contemporary cultural texts (in the broadest sense: literature, film, space) address social and cultural issues, and this curiosity guides many of her classes here at UMD.
She treasures helping students learn Spanish because she has seen time and time again that learning a language not only enhances personal, academic, and professional lives, but it also expands perspectives and cultivates a rich sense of openness. The three aspects of her job that delight Prof. Brady the most are: co-creating a sense of community and belonging with her students, co-leading the summer study abroad academic program to Salamanca, Spain, and collaborating with colleagues here at UMD and from across the world.
Another area of professional interest is the ethical development and dissemination of scholarship in Luso-Hispanic Cultural Studies in English, Portuguese, and Spanish. Having served since 2007 on the editorial staff of Hispania, the flagship scholarly journal of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) founded in 1917, Prof. Brady has managed the production of 32+ volumes and she has collaborated in the creative development of the journal. Currently, she serves as an Associate Editor at Hispania.
In her free time, Prof. Brady enjoys spending time with her two children and husband, reading The New York Review, and cooking with family and friends.
2023 Guest Editor & Introduction, Special Feature in Hispania: Public Humanities in Hispanic and
2023 “‘Lardy Eggs on Saturdays, Lentil Broth on Fridays’: Food, Banquets, and Diets in Don Quixote.”
Teaching Food and Literature. MLA.
2023 “Espacios y espejos: La búsqueda de identidad en Los lunes nos querrán (2021) de Najat El
2020 “Bridging Sexualities: Polyamory, Art, and Temporary Space in Castillos de cartón.” Indiscreet Fantasies: Iberian Queer Cinema, edited by Andrés Lema-Hincapié and Conxita Domènech. Bucknell UP. Book Chapter.
2020 “La fundación de Espacios de Igualdad por el Ayuntamiento de Madrid: ¿Hacia la igualdad de género?” La violencia de género en la España contemporánea, edited by Sara Fernández Medina. Fundación General de la Universidad de Alcalá. Book Chapter.
Awards & Honors
April 2020 UMD Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award
The Outstanding Undergraduate Faculty Advisor Award honors one faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding service to the University through undergraduate advising.
May 2017 UMDCLA Teaching Award
This award is conferred to one tenure-track and one tenured faculty member of the
College on the basis of the quality of their teaching.
May 2015 UMDCLA Research Award
This award is conferred to one tenure-track and one tenured faculty member of the College on the basis of the quality and quantity of their publications released in the previous year.
Oct. 2014 Excellence in Leadership and Service, RMMLA