Stacey E. Mitchell is a doctoral student in Penn State’s Department of Spanish Italian and Portuguese pursuing a PhD in Spanish Literature. She holds a BA in Spanish and Adolescent Education from St. John Fisher College, an MA in Spanish from Middlebury College, and an MA in Spanish literature from Penn State.
Her research interests include late nineteenth and early twentieth century Spanish literature and visual art, Spanish Modernism, travel literature, time and space, and tertulia culture. As the first recipient of the University of Virginia Research Grant in 2016, Stacey conducted research in the Museo Reina Sofía’s library archives in Madrid, Spain. This research contributed to her current project on the aesthetics of “Black Spain” in artist-author José Gutiérrez Solana, part of which she presented at the 88th South Atlantic MLA conference in the fall of 2016. Stacey has also presented papers at the Carolina Conference for Romance Studies (2016), the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (2016), and Penn State’s inaugural Race in the Americas (RITA) Graduate Student Conference (2016).
Stacey has taught in Penn State's Spanish Basic Language Program (SPAN 002 and SPAN 003) during regular and summer semesters. She will be traveling to Ronda, Spain this summer (2017) with a faculty led study abroad program as an Assistant Program Director and co-teacher of SPAN 253W (intro to Hispanic Literature). Before coming to Penn State, she taught high school and middle school Spanish in Pittsburgh, PA and worked as a Student Advocate for Pittsburgh Public Schools.
As the President of the Spanish, Italian and Portuguese Graduate Student Organization, Chair of the RITA Graduate Student Conference, and former delegate to the College of the Liberal Arts in the Graduate and Professional Student Association, Stacey is and has been involved in department and university goings-on throughout her time at Penn State.