Aurora Morcillo

Aurora Morcillo

Office: MMC, DM 387-A
Phone: 305-348-3768

Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D., University of New Mexico, 1995

Research Interests:

Dr. Morcillo’s work focuses on gender, religion and sexual politics in modern Spain and Europe. She is also the director of Spanish and Mediterranean Studies Program in the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs at FIU. This Program is Inspired by the Braudelian approach to Mediterranean history and the notion of “liquid continents” proposed by scholars like Peregrine Horden and Nicholas Purcell and further elaborated by David Abulafia guiding our vision Spain as one of the floating vessels in the Mediterranean sea and the Peninsula’s key role in reaching across the Atlantic. It is the Mediterranean nature of Spanish heritage that makes it a frontier space, a liminal in between space as Homi Bhabha teaches us to think. It is therefore, Europe exposed to the world physically (at the very tip of Europe looking westward) and figuratively as the crossing of the major religions and races that make our story profoundly hybrid from its origins.

Dr. Morcillo is the author of four books. Her first book True Catholic Womanhood. Gender Ideology in Franco’s Spain, in 2000, (second edition 2008) critics in the field have called a seminal work in the role of women under Spanish Francoism and it has been widely cited in the scholarly literature on women and fascism. I have included reviews with this letter. Her second book, The Seduction of Modern Spain. The Female Body and the Francoist Body Politic, was published in July 2010 by Bucknell University Press examines how sexual politics, specifically those surrounding the modernization of a consumer economy, are key to understanding the transformation of Spain from isolated dictatorship to modern state. It focuses on issues concerning modernity and the commodification of the female body under the dictatorship of Francisco Franco in the 1950s and 1960s.

Her third single author book is En cuerpo in alma. Ser mujer en tiempos de Franco (Madrid: Siglo XXI, 2015) is a compendium and updated rendition of more than twenty years of scholarship. In addition to these three single authored books, She is the editor of an anthology entitled Memory and Cultural History of the Spanish Civil War: realms of Oblivion, Leiden: Brill (2014). This collective work received the honor of being selected as most outstanding books in 2014 by the prestigious journal Choice.

Currently, she is engaged in the writing of a manuscript entitled Of All Things Visible And Invisible: Spanish Women’s Narratives During Francoism. This is a collection of interviews conducted from 1987 to 2004 with women who fought in the student resistance against Franco, and with working class women who exercised daily invisible acts of empowerment against a totalitarian regime. Some of the classes I have taught and developed include: “Cartographies of Water. Historicizing the Seas”, “The Gendered History of the Body,” “The History of Modern Spain” (in English and Spanish), and “Nationalism and Gender.” Gender History is a well-established field in contemporary Spanish History and a key to understanding how Spain bridges Europe and the developed world to the Global South.

Note: On Leave for Fall 2017 & Spring 2018.


The Seduction of Modern Spain: The Female Body and the Francoist Body Politic


True Catholic Womanhood: Gender Ideology in Franco's Spain


Memory and Cultural History of the Spanish Civil War: Realms of Oblivion (History of Warfare)


En cuerpo y alma : ser mujer en tiempos de Franco