Diana Berruezo


Religion and Empire


Diana Berruezo-Sánchez is a Career Development Fellow at the University of Oxford. Between 2017 and 2020, she simultaneously developed a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship funded project at the same university. Prior to this, she held a two-year lectureship at the University of Oxford, replacing the former King Alfonso XIII Chair of Spanish, and a lectureship at the University of Barcelona. Her main line of research has been the study of early modern Italian-Spanish relations, on which she wrote her doctoral thesis, part of which was published in Il Novellino de Masuccio Salernitano y su influencia en la literatura Española de la Edad de Oro (2017). She is currently working on her next monograph, The Afro-Hispanic Legacy in Early Modern Spain (Oxford: OUP), in which she examines the poetic production of the black-African diaspora in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spain, and on two articles: one on stereotypes in villancicos composed by black Africans and another on their musical legacy. She is also leading an interdisciplinary network of scholars working on the African diaspora in the Hispanic world, for which she has obtained funding from the John Fell Fund (University of Oxford) and on which she has organized a research workshop “From Presence to Action: Black Africans’ Agency in Early Modern Spain.”