Dr Elisabeth Bolorinos AllardBack to People

Department: Medieval and Modern Languages (Spanish)
College appointment: Fellow by Examination
Phone: 0794 0241485.


Elisabeth Bolorinos Allard received her BA in History and Economics from the University of California Berkeley, her Masters in History from the University of Edinburgh, and her Doctorate in Modern Languages from Trinity College, Oxford. She was a lecturer in Spanish at Balliol College, Oxford in 2016-17 before joining Magdalen College as a Fellow by Examination in January 2018.


My research centres on the question of how cultural identity is defined in relation to ethnicity, language, and faith in colonialist and nationalist ideologies. My first book  -which was awarded the Association of Hispanists of GB publication prize for 2018- examines Spanish visual and textual portrayals of Muslim and Jewish cultures in colonial Morocco in the early twentieth century, drawing out questions about Spain’s own cultural identity that emerged as a result of its contact with North Africa. My current project explores the varying definitions of race in Spanish fascism from its literary and philosophical origins to its ideological expression during the Spanish Civil War. I also convene ‘The Long History of Identity, Ethnicity, and Nationhood’, a network based in the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities.


Enemies or brothers? Defining Spanish identity in relation to Muslim and Jewish cultures in colonial Morocco. Woodbridge, Tamesis, forthcoming in 2019.

‘Visualizing “Moorish” Traces within Spain: Orientalism and Medievalist Nostalgia in Spanish Colonial Photojournalism 1909–33. Art in Translation, Vol 9:1, 2017, pp. 114-133.

‘The Crescent and the Dagger: Representations of the Moorish Other during the Spanish Civil War’. Bulletin of Spanish Studies, October 2015, pp. 965-988.

‘Spanish Jew or Hispanist? Abraham Z. López-Penha and the negotiation of Columbian, Pan-Hispanic, and Sephardic Identity’, Jewish Culture and History (RJCH) August 2019, ,https://doi.org/10.1080/1462169X.2019.1658459