Julia Chang

Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies


Julia Chang is Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Department of Romance Studies, a member of the core faculty in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and affiliated faculty in the Southeast Asia Program. She holds a PhD in Hispanic Language and Literatures with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality from the University of California, Berkeley. She has also taught at Brown University and San Quentin State Prison. Her areas of specialization include nineteenth-century Spanish literature and culture with a special focus on the realist novel, gender studies, and medical hygiene. More recently, she has begun research on Hispano-Filipino relations and late Spanish imperialism.

Professor Chang’s current book manuscript (under contract)—Blood Novels: Gender, Caste, and Race in Spanish Realism—examines the cultural and theoretical significance of blood and bloodlines in the works of Juan Valera, Benito Pérez Galdós, and Leopoldo Alas. In reading fiction alongside medical literature, Blood Novels demonstrates that the politics of blood played a decisive role in social hierarchies and the management of life in an era of belated modernization and imperial decline. She also has two new research projects. The first examines the racialized and gendered contours of Hispano-Filipino relations after the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869. The second theorizes the concept of utility in relation to military masculinity in the aftermath of American emancipation and Spanish colonial defeat. 


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  • FGSS 2010: Introduction to Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • SPAN 2010: Perspectives on Spain in Spanish
  • SPAN 4030: Senior Seminar: Imperial Fictions
  • SPAN 2140: Survey of Modern Spanish Literature

Research Focus

  • Modern Peninsular Literature and Culture
  • Spanish Imperialism and the Philippines
  • Gender Studies
  • Feminism and Feminist Theory
  • Queer Theory
  • History of Medicine
  • Disability Studies


  • "Becoming Useless: Masculinity, Able-Bodiedness, and Empire in Nineteenth-Century Spain,” Unsettling Colonialism: Transoceanic Perspectives on Gender and Race in the Nineteenth-century Hispanic World, Eds. Akiko Tsuchiya and N. Michelle Murray, SUNY UP, 2019.
  • “Bella y Varonil’: Looking Back at Mauricia in Benito Pérez Galdós's Fortunata y Jacinta,” Special Issue: Freakish Encounters: Constructions of the Freak in Hispanic Cultures. Eds. Sara Muñoz-Muriana and Analola Santana. Hispanic Issues Online 20 (2018): 156–174.
  • “Between Intimacy and Enmity: Spain and the Philippines Post-Suez,” Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies 17.4 (2016): 305-322.
  • “Blood, Purity, and Pleasure in Leopoldo Alas’s La Regenta,” Hispanic Review 84.3 (2016): 299-321.
  • “‘Aquellos neófitos indios, chinos o anamitas:’ Asia and the Imperial Imaginary in Doña Luz,” Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, 18. Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies 18.1 (2014): 235-246. 
  • Tiempo loco: Queer Temporality in Emilia Pardo Bazán’s La Tribuna,” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 48.3 (2014): 549-569.

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