Bio


Professor Surwillo teaches courses on Iberian literature, with an emphasis on the nineteenth-century. Her research addresses the questions of property, empire, race and personhood as they are manifested by literary works, especially dramatic literature, dealing with colonial slavery, abolition and Spanish citizenship. Surwillo is the author of The Stages of Property: Copyrighting Theatre in Spain (Toronto 2007), an analysis of the development of copyright and authorship in nineteenth-century Spain and the impact of intellectual property on theater. Her forthcoming book Monsters by Trade (Stanford 2014) is a study of slave traders in Spanish literature and the role of these colonial mediators in the development of modern Spain.

Academic Appointments


  • Associate Professor, Iberian and Latin American Cultures

Administrative Appointments


  • Associate Professor, Stanford University (2013 - Present)
  • Faculty Leader, Stanford Alumni Association. Cuba (2013 - 2013)
  • Ponente, “Curso de Verano”, University of Cadiz (2011 - 2011)
  • Assistant Professor, Stanford University (2006 - 2013)
  • Assistant Professor, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park (2002 - 2006)
  • Lecturer, University of California, Santa Cruz (2001 - 2001)
  • Program Assistant, UC Berkeley Summer Sessions Program in Madrid (2001 - 2001)
  • Graduate Student Instructor, University of California, Berkeley (2000 - 2000)
  • Graduate Student Instructor, University of California, Berkeley (1995 - 1998)

Honors & Awards


  • Annenberg Faculty Fellow, University of Southern California (2010 - 2012)
  • Fellowship, Spanish Ministry of Culture Program for Cultural Cooperation (2006)
  • Fellowship, Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (2006)
  • Research Fellowship, University of Wisconsin Library (2000)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Member, Modern Language Association Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession (2010 - 2013)
  • Manuscript Evaluator, Bucknell University Press (2004 - 2004)
  • Manuscript Evaluator, Bucknell University Press (2005 - 2005)
  • Manuscript Evaluator, The journal of the Modern Language Association (2004 - 2004)
  • Manuscript Evaluator, The journal of the Modern Language Association (2005 - 2005)
  • Manuscript Evaluator, Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies (2006 - 2011)
  • Manuscript Evaluator, Modern Philology (2009 - 2009)
  • Manuscript Evaluator, Bulletin of Spanish Studies (2011 - 2011)
  • Manuscript Evaluator, Eighteenth-century Studies (2013 - 2013)
  • Member, Latin American Studies MA, Selection Committee, Stanford University (2011 - 2011)
  • Member, Italian Search Committee, Stanford University (2011 - 2011)
  • Member, Division of Literature, Cultures and Languages Working Group, Stanford University (2009 - 2009)
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies, Stanford University (2006 - 2009)
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies, Stanford University (2011 - 2013)
  • Member, Planning and Personnel Committee, Stanford University (2007 - 2008)
  • Chair, Curricular Committee, Stanford University (2007 - 2007)
  • Faculty Scholar (VPUE), Stanford University (2013 - 2014)
  • Pre-Major Advisor, Stanford University
  • Fellowship Evaluator, Stanford Humanities Center (2006 - 2006)
  • Fellowship Evaluator, Stanford Humanities Center (2007 - 2007)
  • Fellowship Evaluator, Stanford Humanities Center (2008 - 2008)
  • Fellowship Evaluator, Stanford Humanities Center (2012 - 2012)
  • Member, Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese Search Committee, Pennsylvania State University (2004 - 2004)

Program Affiliations


  • Center for Latin American Studies

Professional Education


  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, Romance Languages and Literatures (2002)
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison, History and Spanish (1994)

2020-21 Courses


Stanford Advisees


All Publications


  • Monsters by Trade: Slave Traffickers in Modern Spanish Literature Surwillo, L. Stanford University Press. 2014
  • Copyright, Buildings, Spaces and the Nineteenth-Century Stage Cambridge History of Spanish Theatre Surwillo, L. edited by Gies, D. T., Delgado, M. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2012: 244–263
  • Enslaved to Liberalism: Spain After 1868 Republic of Letters Surwillo, L. 2012; 3 (1)
  • Impurity of Blood: Defining Race in Spain, 1870–1930 - Joshua Goode Hispanic Review Surwillo, L. 2011; 79 (4): 676-78
  • Pituso en blackface: una mascarada racial en Fortunata y Jacinta Hispanic Review Surwillo, L. 2010; 78 (2): 189-204
  • Speaking of Race in Don Álvaro Revista Hispánica Moderna Surwillo, L. 2010; 63 (1): 51-67
  • Mujer pública y vida privada - Pura Fernández Revista Hispánica Moderna Surwillo, L. 2010; 63 (2): 224-6
  • PASSING COUNTERFEIT WHITENESS AND MULATTA WEALTH IN LOS MISTERIOS DE BARCELONA JOURNAL OF SPANISH CULTURAL STUDIES Surwillo, L. 2009; 10 (1): 75-87
  • The Conquest of History: Spanish Colonialism and National Histories in the Nineteenth Century - Christopher Schmidt-Nowara Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies Surwillo, L. 2007; 8 (2): 297- 98
  • The Stages of Property: Copyrighting Theater in Spain Surwillo, L. University of Toronto Press. 2007
  • Poetic Diplomacy: Carolina Coronado and the American Civil War Comparative American Studies Surwillo, L. 2007; 5 (4): 409-422
  • Don Alvaro or the Force of Fate Bulletin of the Society for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies Surwillo, L. 2006; 31 (1): 28-30
  • The Latest Style: The Fashion Writing of Blanca Valmont and Economies of Domesticity - Kathleen E. Davis Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies Surwillo, L. 2006; 10 (1): 275-6
  • Representing the slave trader: Haley and the slave ship; or, Spain's 'Uncle Tom's cabin' PMLA-PUBLICATIONS OF THE MODERN LANGUAGE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA Surwillo, L. 2005; 120 (3): 768-?
  • Historia social y literatura: Familia y clases populares en España (siglos XVIII-XIX) The Eighteenth Century: A Current Bibliography (ECCB) Surwillo, L. 2005: 271-273
  • Mendizábal, García Gutiérrez and the Property of Spanish Theater Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies Surwillo, L. 2002; 6: 43-56