Tamara L. Mitchell

Literary scholar. Educator. Expat.

Assistant Professor of Spanish
Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies
Green College Leading Scholars Program, 2019-2021
University of British Columbia


Ponderosa Annex E 221
2034 West Mall
Vancouver, BC

Tamara L. Mitchell is Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, where she teaches 20th- and 21st-century Latin American literatures and cultures. Her research examines the relationship between aesthetics, politics, and the literary tradition in the current epoch of neoliberal globalization, with a focus on Mexican and Central American narrative fiction. Her research has been published in Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos (May 2020), Chasqui: Revista de Literatura Latinoamericana (2018), Latin American Perspectives (2019), and Revista de Estudios Hispánicos (forthcoming, March 2021)

Originally from Kansas, Tamara received a dual BA in English Literature and Spanish from Washburn University (2006). While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she spent a summer abroad at Cambridge University in England and a year at the University of Cantabria in Santander, Spain. She obtained her Master of Arts in Spanish Literature at the University of Kansas (2009). Following her Master’s degree, she spent a year abroad as Assistant Professor of English Philology at the University of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain, and taught for two years as a Lecturer of Spanish at Clemson University in South Carolina. Tamara received a Ph.D. in Latin American Literatures from Indiana University, Bloomington, where she conducted research abroad as a FLAS Fellow and Tinker recipient.

When she’s not busy with research, you might find Tamara at a theory reading group, shopping at the local farmers market, hiking one of Vancouver’s many green spaces with her partner, Daniel, or spending time with their cats, Gigi and Mona.