Nick Jones

Nick Jones

Assistant Professor of Spanish
Affiliated Faculty in Latin American Studies
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Nicholas Jones's research agenda explores the agency, subjectivity, and performance of Black diasporic identities in early modern Iberia and the Ibero-Atlantic world. In doing so, his work enlists the strategies, methodologies, and insights of Black Studies into the service of Early Modern Studies and vice versa. To that end, Jones's scholarly and teaching interests re-imagine the lives of early African diasporic people via the global circulation of material goods, visual culture, and ideological forms represented in archival documents and literature from West-Central Africa, Iberia, and the Americas. He is the author of Staging Habla de Negros: Radical Performances of the African Diaspora in Early Modern Spain (Penn State UP, May 2019) and co-editor of Early Modern Black Diaspora Studies: A Critical Anthology (Palgrave-MacMillan, December 2018) with Cassander L. Smith and Miles P. Grier. Currently, he's at work on a new book that examines the role of material culture in the cultural and literary production of Black women in early modern Iberia. Follow Jones on Twitter @Bibliophilenick.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., New York University

Teaching Interests

  • Cervantes, Don Quixote and the Novelas ejemplares
  • Renaissance and Baroque theater and theater history
  • Afro-Hispanic culture and literature
  • Black Atlantic literatures and theory

Research Interests

  • The body in relation to clothing, cosmetics, and food studies
  • Human-animal studies
  • Material and visual cultures
  • Critical Race Studies
  • Performance Studies in relation to blackface and whiteface performance
  • Black Feminist Theory

Selected Publications

Nick Jones. "Sor Juana's Black Atlantic: Colonial Blackness and the Poetic Subversions of Habla de negros." Hispanic Review.

"Cosmetic Ontologies, Cosmetic Subversions: Articulating Black Beauty and Humanity in Luis de Góngora's 'En la fiesta del Santísimo Sacramento'." Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies. Winter Issue 15.1: 26-54.


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