Daniela Flesler

Associate Professor, Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature

Daniela Flesler is Associate Professor of Hispanic Literary and Cultural Studies at Stony Brook. Born in Argentina in a family of Eastern European Jewish immigrants and a specialist in Spain, she thinks Stony Brook’s highly diverse student population and the multiple nationalities represented in its student body are its greatest asset. Her research and teaching interests include the global phenomena of immigration and tourism with a focus on Spain’s relations with North Africa and Latin America. Her writing has focused on contemporary Spain’s negotiations of cultural identity in relation to its Jewish and Arab heritages and the ways these negotiations affect the lives of Jewish and Muslim minority populations in Spain today. She is the author of The Return of the Moor: Spanish Responses to Contemporary Moroccan Immigration (Purdue UP, 2008), which examines the anxiety over symbolic and literal boundaries permeating Spain’s reception of Moroccan immigrants. She is co-editor, with Tabea Linhard and Adrián Pérez Melgosa, of Revisiting Jewish Spain in the Modern Era (Routledge, 2013), which explores the different and contradictory ways in which Spain as a nation has tried to come to terms with its Jewish memory and with the absence/presence of Sephardic Jews in Spain from the nineteenth century to the present. She is co-writing with Adrián Pérez Melgosa a book entitled The Memory Work of Sepharad: New Inheritances for Twenty-First Century Spain. Through oral interviews, visits to museums, newly reconfigured “Jewish quarters” and Jewish memory sites, literature, cultural performances, tourist promotional materials and speeches from public figures, the book explores recent cultural and political initiatives that seek to memorialize and re-connect Spain with its Jewish past in the context of the long history of Spain’s ambivalence towards its Jewish heritage. She has received a 2014-15 ACLS Fellowship and a 2017-18 NEH Fellowship.