About

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Thenesoya V. Martín De la Nuez (Ph.D., Harvard University) is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Iberian and Transoceanic Studies at the University of California, Davis. She has worked at the Department of Romance Studies at Duke University, North Carolina, and at the Department of Hispanic Studies at Vassar College, New York. She is a FAS Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University (2020-2022).

She was born and raised in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands. Thenesoya holds an M.A. and B.A. in Comparative Literature at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain (with honors), and a B.A. degree in Hispanic Philology at the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, with a year at the Università Degli Studi di Torino, Italy.

While pursuing her Ph.D. at Harvard University, she created the cultural project CISLANDERUS, about Canarian immigration to the United States. This research has resulted in a documentary film, Canarians in the United States, and a traveling exhibition both in Spain and the United States (Louisiana State Museum, Spanish Embassy in Washington D.C.)

She lives in Davis, California, with her husband and her daughter Olivia.


  • Ph.D. Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University (2020).

  • M.A. Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University.

  • M.A. Literary Studies, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

  • B.A. Comparative Literature, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

  • B.A. Hispanic Philology, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.