Mariana-Cecilia Velázquez, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Spanish
Mariana-Cecilia Velázquez


Mariana-Cecilia Velázquez focuses on late medieval Iberia and the early modern transatlantic relations among Spain, England, Latin America and the Caribbean regions. Her research specializes in early modern transatlantic piracy through the analysis of an interdisciplinary corpus of primary sources that include travel narratives, colonial cartography poetry, legal documents, historical accounts, among others, from the 1500s to the 1670s.

Research interests:

  • Spanish medieval culture and literature
  • Spanish and English early modern cultures and literature
  • Spanish Colonial Caribbean and Latin American studies
  • Theories of empire and theories of piracy
  • Digital humanities

Courses taught:

  • SPAN 321 Spanish Culture and Civilization
  • SPAN 442 Special Topics in Cultural Studies
  • SPAN 355 Masterworks of Spanish American Literature I
  • SPAN 792 Special Topics in Cultural Studies


  • Ph.D., Latin American and Iberian Cultures, Columbia University, 2018
  • M.A., Latin American and Iberian Cultures, 2012
  • B.A., Comparative Literature, University of Puerto Rico, 2011