Carnegie Mellon University

José Estrada

José Estrada

Assistant Teaching Professor of Hispanic Studies


My research is focused on Early Modern Spanish literature, particularly theater, and the emerging transatlantic society as a result of the encounter between Europe and the Americas. A significant amount of my studies have been on Juan Ruiz de Alarcón (1580?-1639). I interpret his theater as a form of self-fashioning. His birth and upbringing in New Spain in addition to his travels to Spain place his theater at a privileged position for analysis through a transatlantic lens.

Within the early modern period I also study the cultural and linguistic exchange between cultures in Colonial Mexico. One of my next projects is to study don Bartolomé de Alva Ixtlilxóchitl’s Nahuatl translations of Spanish Golden Age theater. Hence, my research not only analyzes the role that the American continent played in important debates and developments of the Early Modern period, but also how space and place are used to build identities through performance and language in an emerging global society.


Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2019


“ ‘Contigo hablo, bestia fiera’: Estrategias de autoría en los paratextos de las Comedias de Juan Ruiz de Alarcón.” Alarconiana, vol. 5, 2019, pp. 83-96.

“Hidden Pilgrimages: Considerations on a Religious Wandering in Miguel de Cervantes’ ‘The Illustrious Kitchen Maid.’” Newberry Essays in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, vol. 9, 2015, pp. 95-102.