Amy Sheeran, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Modern Languages & Cultures

Amy Sheeran



Towers Hall 325

Amy Sheeran’s research focuses on the intersection of literature and race, gender, and sexuality in the discourse of blood purity in early modern Spain. Focusing on Cervantes, Calderón de la Barca, María de Zayas, and others, she explores how the bodily and the textual influence each other. Her other areas of research interest include early modern travel narratives in the Spanish-speaking world and contemporary Latinx literature. At Otterbein, she teaches courses on Spanish language, literatures, and cultures, and on global cultures.


  • PhD, Johns Hopkins University, 2016
  • BA, Johns Hopkins University, 2008
  • Research, Creative, & Professional Work

  • Early modern Spanish literature
  • Embodiment and other bodily discourses
  • Travel literature
  • Gender and sexuality studies
  • Race and ethnic studies
  • Publications

  • Sheeran, Amy and Amanda Smith. “A Graphic Revolution: Talking Politics and Poetry with Giannina Braschi.” Chiricú Journal Special Issue, Vox Latinx: Literature and Politics in the Twenty-first Century 2.2 (2018): 130-142.
  • Sheeran, Amy. “The Fictions of Blood in La fuerza de la sangre.” Cervantes 37.1 (2017): 33-61.