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Dr Maria Reyes Baztán



Miller 110

Building location

Miller building

Areas of interest

I am an interdisciplinary scholar working predominantly in the entangled histories of Spain and Hispanic Latin America. In particular, my research and teaching focuses on anti-colonial and nationalist movements within Spain and Hispanic Latin America. My PhD thesis analysed the origin, development and strategic use of anti-colonial ideas within Basque nationalism from 1892 to 1936. I am currently working on turning my PhD thesis in my first monograph.

I am also advancing a new research project, which will explore the attitudes on race and colonialism held by Catalan, Galician and Basques in the years preceding the end of the Spanish Empire in Cuba.

My interests also include food history, especially the intersection between food and nation-making, as demonstrated by my publication in the Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies (2021).


I co-teach two first-year modules:

  • ‘SP1I1:Icons of Spain and Latin America’
  • ‘SP1SLAC: Introduction to Spanish and Latin American Culture’, which I also convene.

I convene and teach the second-year module ‘SP2CR: Culture & Revolution in Latin America’.

I also co-teach the second-year module ‘SP2TT, Transatlantic Exchange’.

I also contribute to a departmental module on global fantastic literature (ML2GF) and to Spanish language teaching.

Academic qualifications

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • PhD in History (Warwick)
  • MA in Global and Comparative History (Warwick)
  • BA in History (Universitat de València) 

Professional bodies/affiliations

I am currently a Honorary Research Fellow (2022-23) at the University of Nottingham.

I am a member of the Executive Committee of thCuba Research Forum (University of Nottingham, from January 2022).

Selected publications

  • Reyes Baztán, Maria, review of Tras las huellas del terrorismo en Euskadi: justicia restaurativa, convivencia y reconciliación, by Annabel Martín and Mº Pilar Rodríguez (eds), International Journal of Iberian Studies, 34, 2 (2021), pp. 179-181.
  • Reyes Baztán, Maria, ‘Potatoes and National Building: the case of the Spanish omelette’, Journal of Latin American and Iberian Studies, 27:2 (2021), pp. 151-170, DOI: 10.1080/14701847.2021.1939529. This article has received media coverage in The Times and The I.
  • Reyes Baztán, Maria, ‘Anti-colonial imagination and internationalism in radical nationalism (1892-1939)’, Global History and Culture Centre (February 2021).
  • Archilés i Cardona, Ferran & Maria Reyes Baztán, 'El nacionalisme i el conreu de la cultura', translation (from English to Catalan) of Joep Leerssen, 'Nationalism and the Cultivation of Culture', in Afers: fulls de recerca i pensament, Vol. 32, Nº 86 (2017).

Conference papers 

  • Race and Basqueness: A new approach to race in early Basque nationalism (1892-1936). Keynote talk for the International History Conference. Identity, State and Society in Modern Spain, Canterbury (September 2022).
  • Cuba’s struggle for independence and the Basque Country. Cuban Research Forum Annual Conference, online (September 2022).
  • ¡Abajo el imperialismo! El anticolonialismo vasco y la Segunda República española (1931-1936). Seminario Internacional Granada-Leeds. Nuevas Perspectivas sobre la España de mediados del Siglo XX, online (June 2021).
  • A white colony in the West? Race, identity and anticolonialism in Basque radical nationalism (1892-1939). Modern Spanish History Doctoral Seminar, University of Oxford & University of Edinburgh, online (April 2021).
  • A global anticolonial insurrection? British & Spanish imperialism in Basque radical nationalism. Anglo-Spanish Lives in Port Cities, 3rd Annual Conference of the AHRC Project, Bilbao, Spain (November 2019).
  • The right time for an anticolonial insurrection? Basque anticolonialism in the context of Spanish imperial decline. World History Workshop, University of Cambridge (October 2019).
  • Anticolonial imagination and internationalism in Basque radical nationalism. Global History Student Conference, Freie Universität Berlin (June 2018).


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