About

Photo by Aníbal Martel

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).

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, medal by H.R.H. Infanta Cristina), and a B.A. degree in Hispanic Philology at the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. She also attended the Università Degli Studi di Torino, Italy, with the EU's Erasmus Programme.

While pursuing her Ph.D. at Harvard University, and in collaboration with photographerAnibal Martel, 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., Casa de Colón).


  • 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.