Carnegie Mellon University

Candace Skibba

Candace Skibba

Associate Teaching Professor of Hispanic Studies
Associate Director, MA in Applied Second Language Acquisition

341 Posner Hall
Department of Modern Languages
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Education: Ph.D., Contemporary Spanish, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2010


I am an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Modern Languages at Carnegie Mellon University. I specialize in contemporary Spanish literature and film and have concentrated my research on investigating the intersection between literary and film studies and studies of the body -most notably the abnormal body. The study of the body has taken me to gender analysis, dis/ability studies, and health humanities. The convergence of my literary and cultural studies interests and pedagogical foci have led me to investigate agency and empathy in both artistic expression and classroom practices.


  • Contemporary Spanish Literature and Film
  • Disability Studies
  • Health Humanities
  • Critical Pedagogy
  • Narrative Medicine
  • Panoramic Bodies: A dissection of twentieth century peninsular texts
  • Hispanic Literary and Cultural Studies – “Medical Texts”
  • Covid Cultures
  • Death, Dope, Drag, and Doctors in 20th and 21st Century Spanish Films
  • Gleefully Different: Studies in Representations of Abnormality
  • Humanities Center Fellowship for Narrative and Wellness (2020-2021)
  • Grand Challenges Grant, Dietrich College (2017)
  • Narrative Initiative Grant, Center for the Arts in Society (2017) 
  • Falk Fellowship in the Humanities (2013)
  • Berkman Faculty Development Fund (2013)
  • Appointed member of the Faculty Affairs Council
  • Appointed member of the Executive Committee of the Faculty
  • Senate Member of Academic Review Board and University Disciplinary Committee
  • Appointed Affiliated Faculty Member - Center for Bioethics & Health Law at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Lead Reviewer for National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (2016-2019)

Department Member Since 2006