Carmen Toro Gonzalez-Green
Carmen Toro is a PhD candidate (ABD) in Hispanic Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, where she has earned a Graduate Certificate in Language Instruction. Her work explores the intersections between childhood, youth and social categories such as race, class, or gender, in twentieth and twenty-first century Spain. She is also interested in cultural phenomena such as hip-hop culture and the emergence of historical novel in contemporary Spain.
She holds a Diploma de Estudios Avanzados (DEA) and a Licenciatura en Filología Hispánica from Universidad de Sevilla. Her dissertation is entitled “Tropos rebeldes: Representaciones de niños en la literatura de las décadas centrales del siglo XX en España” and focuses on literary depictions of children from the 1920s to the 1970s and how conceptions of childhood engage with social, political, and literary tensions that characterize Spanish society in this period. Specifically, her dissertation examines the rise of childhood as a trope representing social tensions during the Second Republic, the Civil War, and the Francoist dictatorship. She also studies how these texts depict minors as a social category with its own specific struggles and circumstances that go beyond conventional ideas about childhood and children’s literature.
She has 11 years of teaching experience at various levels of instruction in Spain and the US. In spring 2016, she was awarded the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence and the Helen Fe Jones award for Teaching. She represented the department of Romances Languages and Literatures in the Graduate Student Senate for the 2017-18 academic year.