Elisabeth Bolorinos Allard is a Fellow by Examination in Medieval and Modern Languages (Spanish) at Magdalen College, Oxford. She 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.
Elisabeth is broadly interested in how cultural identity is defined in relation to ethnicity, language, and faith in colonialist and nationalist ideologies. Her recent research 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. Her next project will explore the varying definitions of race in Spanish fascism, from its literary and philosophical origins to its ideological expression during the Spanish Civil War. Elisabeth's work spans the fields of Spanish literature and history, cultural studies, colonial studies, and race theory.