Kristina Escondo, Associate Professor of Spanish, Modern Languages & Cultures

Kristina Escondo



Towers Hall 327

Kristina Escondo is currently an Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures at Otterbein University. She teaches courses on Spanish language and Latin American literatures and cultures. Her research explores the relationship between Latin America and Asia with a focus on Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Philippines. In particular, she is interested in questions of coloniality of power, decolonializing methodologies, border identities and transoceanic approaches to Latin America. Other interests include Latinx and Filipinx Studies in the United States and Race & Ethnic Studies.

Escondo’s current work focuses on late nineteenth-century women in militant/military roles in anti-colonial revolutions against Spain in Cuba (las mambisas) and the Philippines (las katipuneras). She argues that women were just as much active contributors to the development of nation and national identity during nation-building and examines the ways that they laid the foundation for contemporary expressions of nationalism.


  • Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 2014
  • M.A., The Ohio State University, 2009
  • B.A., Marietta College, 2007

Research, Creative, & Professional Work

  • Transoceanic Studies (Latin America-Asia)
  • Philippine literatures and cultures
  • Caribbean literatures and cultures
  • Race and Ethnic studies
  • Coloniality of power
  • Revolution, nation, and anti-coloniality


  • Escondo, Kristina A. "Recuperating Rebellion: Rewriting Revolting Women in(to) Nineteenth-Century Cuba and the Philippines." UNITAS 92.1 (forthcoming).
  • Escondo, Kristina. “Anarchy and Alternative Order: The Anti-Colonial Grito and Revolution in the Works of José Martí and Andrés Bonifacio.” Trans-Pacific Encounters: Asia and the Hispanic World. Ed. Koichi Hagimoto. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016.
  • Escondo, Kristina. “Cuba, the Philippines, and Anti-Imperial Alliances.” A Review of Koichi Hagimoto’s Between Empires: Martí, Rizal, and the Intercolonial Alliance (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). A Contracorriente 11.2 (Winter 2014): 447-453.