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


Buchanan Tower 809
1873 E Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

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 or will soon appear in Revista de Estudios Hispánicos (March 2021), Modern Language Notes (March 2021), Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos (May 2020), Latin American Perspectives (2019), Chasqui: Revista de Literatura Latinoamericana (2018), and CR: New Centennial Review (accepted, August 2020).

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.