Carnegie Mellon University

Candace  Skibba

Candace Skibba

Associate Teaching Professor of Hispanic Studies, Modern Languages

Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue,
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Candace received her PhD in Contemporary Spanish Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010. Her principal area of expertise as well as current research is in the field of twentieth-century Peninsular studies, particularly Post-Franco literature and culture. Her dissertation entitled "Dualism Aside: A Corporeal Analysis of Selected Works by Juan José Millás," concentrates on the portrayal of the body as a metaphor in a selection of novels written by this author in which she argues that this metaphor depicts an overwhelming connection, established by Millás, between the mind and the body. This connection, as a result, leads to a presentation of the body as the subject of the narrative rather than as its object and therefore breaks down notions of otherness - normality vs. abnormality - and in so doing, exposes a re-evaluation of sociopolitical notions. Candace has applied this research interest to efforts beyond her dissertation, such as preparation for a Humanities Scholars course this past Spring semester, and plans to continue contemplating further implications in the academic arena and beyond.

Her body of research has elicited interest in literary and medical humanities scholars at conferences both stateside and internationally and she is currently in the process on turning this project into a book. Concurrently, her research has broadened to focus on film and, in particular, representations of illness and disability in the films of Pedro Almodóvar.

Candace has taught Spanish at all undergraduate levels, a seminar in the Humanities Scholars Program, as well as English as a foreign language. Her professional preparation also includes an administrative position as an advisor in the International Academic Programs office at the University of Wisconsin as well as an Assistant Director position in the CIC study abroad program in Guanajuato, Mexico.