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Lisette Balabarca earned her Ph.D. in Hispanic Literatures at Boston University. She holds a B.A. in Humanities with mention in Psychology, Linguistics and Literature from Universidad Católica del Perú. Dr. Balabarca specializes in Morisco and Aljamiado Literature and in Early Modern Spain. She focuses on texts written in Spanish, using both Latin and Arabic characters, and produced by Spanish Muslims and New Christians during the years surrounding their expulsion from the Iberian Peninsula in 1609 and 1614. While her research area is concentrated mostly in 16th and 17th century Hispanic studies, she has also worked on contemporary Latin American pop culture.

Degree Program University
Ph.D. Hispanic Language and Literature Boston University
Baccalaureate degree (foreign) Linguistics and Literature Universidad Católica del Peru
Baccalaureate degree (foreign) Psychology Universidad Católica del Peru

My Siena Experience

My Teaching Philosophy

Teaching allows me not only to discuss certain subjects or topics, but, more important, to encourage and develop critical and creative ways of thinking in my students. In this way it broadens academic knowledge and different perspectives on culture, diversity, language or politics.

What I Love About Siena


My Favorite Courses to Teach


My Professional Experience

Year Title University
2017 - Now Associate Professor of Spanish Siena College
2011 - 2017 Assistant Professor of Spanish Siena College
2006 - 2011 Assistant Professor of Spanish Colby College
2005 - 2006 Lecturer of Spanish Brandeis University
1997 - 2005 Teaching Fellow Boston University
1994 - 1997 Teaching Assistant Universidad Católica del Perú

Current Research

 

Articles & Book Reviews

  • Green-Mercado, Mayte. Visions of Deliverance: Moriscos and the Politics of Prophecy in the Early Modern Mediterranean
    Symposium: A Quarterly Journal of Modern Literatures
    2021
  • Polémica anticristiana en el Norte de África: el caso de dos moriscos españoles del siglo XVII
    Transmodernity. Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production of the Luso-Hispanic World
    2020
  • La escritura religiosa de los moriscos en el exilio norteafricano
    XX Congreso de la Asociación Internacional de Hispanistas
    2019
  • Apuntes para un estudio de las influencias literarias españolas en el morisco Ibrahim Taybili y su poema anti-cristiano
    XVIIIè Congrès International d'Études Morisques
    2018
  • Fernanda Melchor, Temporada de Huracanes
    Las Críticas
    2018
  • Barbara Fuchs, Larissa Brewer-García, and Aaron J. Ilika, Eds. and trans.
    Sixteenth Century Journal
    2016
  • Carlos Villacorta Gonzáles. Alicia, esto es el capitalismo
    Narrativas: Revista de Narrativa Contemporánea en Castellano
    2016
  • 'Toda obra loa y alaba a su Hacedor': de las transgresiones y subversiones del autor en 'La Lozana andaluza'
    Romance Notes
    2015
  • Anne Marie Wolf. Juan de Segovia and the Fight for Peace. Christians and Muslims in the Fifteenth Century
    Sixteenth Century Journal
    2015
  • El enemigo musulmán en El Abencerraje: Abindarráez, los moriscos y la personificación de la derrota
    e-Humanista
    2015
  • 'Viaje de Turquía': la representación de los turcos en un diálogo del siglo XVI
    Hispania Félix:Revista hispano-rumana de cultura y civilización de los Siglos de Oro
    2011

Awards & Distinctions

  •  “Spanish Muslims in North Africa during the Medieval and Early Modern Period.” Student: Hamzah Khiati (History ’21)


    Category: Teaching-Research
    Siena College - CURCA, 2020
  • Project Title: “The Female Other: Moriscas and Muslim Women in Early Modern Spain” 
    Category: Research
    Siena College - COTFD, 2019
  •  Project Title: “Anti-Christian Polemics in 17th century Spain: The case of Ibrahim Taybili” 


    Category: Research
    Siena College - COTFD, 2017
  • CCHS-CSIC (Center for Human and Social Sciences-Council for Scientific Research), Visiting Researcher for the Conversions, Overlapping Religiosities, Polemics and Interactions: Early Modern Iberia and Beyond (CORPI) Project. Madrid. (September 2017 – March 2018.)


    Category: Research
    CCHS - CSIC (Center for Human and Social Sciences-Council for Scientific Research), 2017
  • Information Literacy Faculty Development Grant
    Category: Teaching
    Standish Library, Siena College, 2016
  • Information Literacy Faculty Development Grant
    Category: Teaching
    Standish Library, Siena College, 2015
  • Summer Faculty Research Fellowship
    Category: Research
    COTFD, Siena College, 2015
  • Summer Fellowship for Curriculum Diversification
    Category: Teaching
    DAC, Siena College, 2014
  • NEH Summer Stipend Competition
    Category: Research
    Siena College, 2013
  • Service Learning Grant
    Category: Teaching
    ACE, Siena College, 2013
  • Summer Faculty Research Fellowship
    Category: Research
    COTFD, Siena College, 2013
  •  Barcelona (Spain)
    Category: Research
    National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), 2012
  • Summer Faculty Research Fellowship
    Category: Research
    COTFD, Siena College, 2012
  • Humanities Grant for Research and Travel
    Category: Research
    Colby College, 2008
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    Category: Other
    Boston University, 2001
  •  
    Category: Research
    Boston University, 2001
  •  
    Category: Other
    Boston University, 1998
  •  1997-2005
    Category: Other
    Boston University, 1997
  •  
    Category: Teaching
    Instituto de Cooperación Iberoamericana-Spain, 1996

Books & Book Chapters

  • La polémica religiosa en el siglo XVII. Pedro Aznar Cardona, Ibrahim Taybili y la expulsión de los moriscos de España.

    2021
  • Song and Social Change in Latin America
    Lexington Books
    2013

Presentations

  • Creating a Unit in Open Iberia/América, an Open Access Teaching Anthology of Premodern Iberian and Latin American Texts
    2021
    Siena School of Liberal Arts Faculty Spotlight, Virtual, Virtual
  • Spanish Muslims in Early Modern Iberia: The Construction of an Image through Spanish Christian Chronicles
    2021
    Renaissance Society of America, Virtual, Virtual
  • Apuntes sobre una pieza teatral morisca: el caso de la Comedia pastoril de Torcato
    2020
    el taller Summer Institute, NYU, Virtual, Virtual
  • La inversión de los roles de género en una pieza del siglo XVI: el caso de la Comedia pastoril de Torcato
    2020
    AHCT (The Association of Hispanic Classical Theatre), Virtual, Virtual
  • La escritura religiosa en el exilio norteafricano de los moriscos españoles
    2019
    XX Congreso de la Asociación Internacional de Hispanistas, Jerusalem, Israel
  • La musa, la pluma y Orfeo: un poeta morisco en el exilio norteafricano
    2019
    Society for the Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry, Irvine, California
  • Moriscos en el exilio y polémica anticristiana: El caso de Ibrahim Taybili y Muhammad Alguazir
    2019
    Memory and Polemics: A Symposium on Moriscos, Syracuse, New York
  • The Female Other: Moriscas and Muslim Women in Early Modern Spain.
    2019
    Renaissance Society of America, Toronto, Canada-Ontario
  • The Female Other: Muslim Women in Early Modern Spain
    2019
    Siena School of Liberal Arts Faculty Research Symposium, Loudonville, New York
  • Apuntes para un estudio de las influencias literarias españolas en el morisco Ibrahim Taybili y su poema anti-cristiano
    2017
    XVIIIè Congrès International d'Études Morisques, Tunis, Tunisia
  • Iberian and Transatlantic Subjects in Early Modern Spain: The Case of Lope de Vega's El Nuevo Mundo descubierto por Colón
    2017
    Spaces of Confrontation: 3rd International Conference in Transatlantic Studies, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Religious Polemics in the 17th Century and the Expulsion of Moriscos from Spain
    2017
    Siena COTFD Friday Forum, Loudonville, New York
  • Al-Andalus in the Eyes of a 16th Century Spanish Crypto-Muslim
    2016
    American Comparative Literature Association, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • De Granada al Nuevo Mundo: El sujeto conquistado en La famosa comedia del Nuevo Mundo descubierto por Colón, de Lope de Vega
    2016
    Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington, Kentucky
  • Poetry and Religious Polemics: Spanish Christian Influences on a Morisco Author in Exile
    2016
    Middle East Studies Association, Boston, Massachusetts
  • The Conquered Subject in Lope de Vega's La famosa comedia del Nuevo Mundo descubierto por Colón
    2016
    Sixteenth Century Society & Conference, Bruges, Belgium
  • The Representation of the Defeated Moriscos through the Portrayal of El Abencerraje's Abindarráez
    2015
    Middle East Studies Association, Denver, Colorado
  • Was Mediterranean Politics Determined by Religion?
    2015
    MEH/Med-Middle Eastern History/Mediterranean, Denver, Colorado
  • Épica y polémica religiosa en la Expulsión de los moros de España de Gaspar de Aguilar
    2015
    Society for the Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry, Amherst, Massachusetts
  • Author's Transgressions and Subversive Characters in Portrait of Lozana: The Lusty Andalusian Woman
    2014
    Renaissance Society of America, New York, New York
  • Connections between Old and New Christians: The Influence of Spanish Literary Works on Morisco Writers
    2014
    Sixteenth Century Society & Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Female Empowerment through Artistic Disobedience: The Case of Mujeres Creando
    2014
    The Second Annual Capital District Feminist Studies Conference, Loudonville, New York
  • La polémica anti-islámica tras la expulsión de los moriscos de España
    2014
    Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington, Kentucky
  • Anti-Moorish Polemics in Early Modern Spain: The Testimony of Father Pedro Aznar-Cardona
    2013
    COTFD Faculty Research Series, Siena College, Loudonville, New York
  • Crypto-Jews and Crypto-Muslims in Sixteenth Century Spain: Towards the Construction of an Image
    2013
    Renaissance Society of America, San Diego, California
  • La poesía al servicio de la polémica religiosa y la auto-legitimación de un autor morisco desde su exilio norteafricano
    2013
    Society for the Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry, Charlotte, Virginia
  • Expulsados: el problema de la identidad morisca a la luz de la 'Contradicción de los catorce artículos de la fe cristiana' de Ibrahim Taybili
    2012
    NEMLA (Northeastern Modern Language Association), Rochester, New York
  • La caída de Granada y la pérdida del Islam: el testimonio morisco del Mancebo de Arévalo
    2012
    Sixteenth Century Society & Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Realidad vs ficción: contradicciones en la representación de los hispano-musulmanes en la literatura del siglo XVI
    2012
    Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington, Kentucky