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Department of

Languages, Cultures and Literatures

Jodi Eisenberg

Lecturer, Spanish

Jodi A. Eisenberg first taught in the department in 2013, and teaches Spanish language, literature, and culture. She has offered a range of classes both at USD and UCSD for all levels of students. Her research focuses on twentieth- and twenty-first-century Peninsular Literature and Cultural Studies with an emphasis on film and other visual media, gender and sexuality, and transatlantic studies. She has conducted fieldwork in Spain as a Fulbright scholar, and helped construct UCSD's Spanish Civil War Memory Project, an audiovisual archive of survivor testimony.


Ph.D. Candidate, University of California, San Diego, Literatures in Spanish
M.A., University of California, San Diego, Literatures in Spanish
B.A., Bryn Mawr College, Comparative Literature

Scholarly and Creative Work

Eisenberg's work creates a dialogue between cultural production and political discourse. Her dissertation, Desire and Democracy: Sexuality and the Neoliberal Spanish State, examines the representation of immigrants, queers, and the political left in Spanish literature, film, and digital media. By analyzing how these subjects are frequently cited as "markers of progress," she connects cultural texts to their political contexts, revealing the depoliticization of these subjects through what Michel Foucault called "deployments of sexuality." Throughout, she finds that desire, romance, and family function in cultural texts to individualize, privatize, or displace the material and affective labor performed by racial, sexual, and political "outsiders" in Spain. This work provides insight into a new phase of globalization where both sexuality and markets produce discourses of liberation that work to affirm the modernity of 21st Century Spain. She also conducts research on the economic and cultural relationships between Latin America and Spain, particularly the status of Latin American immigrants in Spain. Other interests include female-occupied spaces, from women's prisons to feminist squatter-occupied buildings or okupas in Madrid and Barcelona; the cinema of the transition to democracy; and rap and digital media as interrupters of mainstream cultural narratives. A recipient of various fellowships and grants, she has published her research in the Vanderbilt e-Journal of Luso-Hispanic Studies, and presented at conferences for PAMLA and LASA, among others.

Teaching Interests

Eisenberg has taught the Cultural History of Spain, as well as Spanish language and literature courses at USD, in addition to a wide range of Spanish courses at UCSD, including courses on Spanish romanticism, youth culture and rebellion in 1980s and 90s Spain, as well as language courses that incorporate cultural content from Spain and Latin America. She helps students strengthen language skills and gain confidence while discovering diverse cultural content, often through music, television, and digital media, as well as language learning technology. She supports linguistic and cultural immersion in the classroom and beyond, through student involvement in cultural activities, service learning, and study abroad.