Xabier Granja

Associate Professor of Spanish
Leadership Board Fellow
Spanish Undergraduate Director
REGS Associate Editor


  • PhD, Hispanic Literature, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • MA, Hispanic Literature, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Licenciatura, English Philology, Universidad de Deusto
  • BA, Modern Languages, Universidad de Deusto

Research Areas

  • Early Modernity
  • Cultural Hegemony
  • Gender Sociology
  • Proto-feminism
  • Social and Legal Justice
  • Women Writers


Dr. Granja is a Leadership Board Fellow and Undergraduate Director, and also works closely with the Artificial Intelligence Teaching Enhancement Initiative. His research interests focus on Gender Studies as well as 17th and early 18th-century Spanish peninsular literature. He specializes in Early Modern Spanish literature through a lens of societal gender dynamics and the cultural tensions they produce. His work often deals with masculine identities in the Golden Age, specifically analyzing the literary and sociopolitical motivations and implications of masculine identity formation as exposed by both male and female writers. He is also engaged in research that focuses on variations in didactic literature from mid to late 17th century Spain, observing and contrasting how writers employ discourses of religion and traditional moral values to chastise what they consider irregularities in the coetaneous aristocracy. This investigative work also leads his work to look at early 18th-century women writers, as the result of the impact of 17th-century cultural changes that begin to form literary evidence of the beginnings of a pre-illustration period proto-feminism.

In addition to teaching and research on gender studies, early modern literature, women writers, and social justice & equity, Dr. Granja works on archival recovery and analysis of historical judicial documents involving gender violence and political/religious representation of minority groups. His courses deal with all the cultural, gender, and literary issues raised above. When offering grammar courses, his classes include strong service-learning components that link his teaching to the needs of the Tuscaloosa community, often via student-led translations of documents from English into Spanish for local non-profit organizations such as such as Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Alabama Museum of Natural History, Good Samaritan Clinic, One RoofSchoolyard RootsTurning PointTuscaloosa SAFE Center, and United Way of West Alabama.

Courses taught:

SP 594: Early Modern Identities
SP 590: Protecting the code: A deconstruction of courtly honor
SP 540: Honor in Hispanic Societies
SP 537: Gender in Hispanic Works
SP 527: Spanish Women Writers
SP 491: Cervantes and Don Quijote
SP 488: Special Topics: Early Modern Peninsular Literature
SP 437: Social Justice in the Hispanic World
SP 390: Spanish in the Community
SP 375: Latin American Literatures and Cultures until 1900
SP 371: Literatures and Cultures of Spain until 1800
SP 366: Cultures of Latin America
SP 364: Cultures of Spain
SP 356 SL: Advanced Grammar and Composition through Service Learning
SP 355: Spanish for Native and Heritage Speakers
SP 353: Spanish Conversation
SP 337: Cultural Equity in Hispanic Societies
UH 400: Nicaragua Clinical Experience

Selected Publications