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Professor Cristián Ricci

Iberian & North African Studies

University of California, Merced



Dr Cristián H. Ricci is a Professor of Iberian Studies and North African Studies at the University of California, Merced. His literary research interests and experience include the narrative of Spain, the literature of Morocco written in Western European languages (Castilian, Catalan, French, Dutch, English), and the literatures of Equatorial Guinea and Latin America from 1800 through to the present.

He has written a number of books, including El espacio urbano en la narrativa del Madrid de la Edad de Plata, 1900-1938 (Madrid: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas/CSIC, 2009), Literatura periférica en castellano y catalán: el caso marroquí (Madrid-Minneapolis: Biblioteca Clásica-U of Minnesota, 2010) and ¡Hay moros en la costa! Literatura mararroquí fronteriza en castellano y catalán (Madrid: Iberoamericana-Vervuert, 2014). He completed an anthology of Moroccan writers of Castilian expression entitled Letras Marruecas. Antología de escritores magrebíes en castellano (Madrid: Biblioteca Clásica, 2012), and another anthology of the Moroccan writer Mohamed Lahchiri: El examen y otros cuentos (Córdoba, Argentina: Alción Editora, 2015).

He is the author of more than thirty articles on Spanish literature from Modernismo to the Civil War, Maghribi and Subsahan literature in European languages in journals such as Hispania. A Journal Devoted to the Teaching of Spanish and Portuguese, Revista Iberoamericana, Letras Peninsulares, España Contemporánea, the Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, the Afro-Hispanic Review, Chasqui, and Hispanic Issues. He is the co-director with Dr Ignacio López-Calvo of Transmodernity. Journal of Peripheral cultural Production of the Luso-Hispanic World.

Cristián has received several awards and scholarships. Among the most prestigious is the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Faculty Award 2013-2014, an award that is given to eight scholars from over 2,000 applicants. His project is entitled, “Moroccan Literature and the Broadening of Postcolonial Literary Studies.” Among other awards and scholarships, he has received the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Summer Research Grants from the NEH, the American Institute for Maghrib Studies, several grants from the University of California and Spain’s Ministry of Culture, and the University of California Academic Senate's Distinguished Early Career Research Award.

As a result of his research under the NEH Faculty Award, he wrote his fourth scholarly book entitled New Voices of Muslim North African Migrants in Europe. He was the Vice Chair of the Divisional Council at UC Merced in 2014-2015, and the Chair of the Senate in 2015-2016. He was appointed Director of the University of California Education Abroad Program in Chile-Argentina, 2016-2019.