Uparela wins the 2023 Sturgis Leavitt Award

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Dr. Paola Uparela, an assistant professor of Spanish at the University of Florida, has won the 2023 Sturgis Leavitt Award for Best Article for her article entitled “‘Yo llana estoy’ o el despliegue de una virginidad queer.”

The committee applauds Uparela’s use of “a range of historical and literary sources to offer a fresh new look at the otherwise well-known case of Catalina de Erauso, the Lieutenant Nun. In doing so, Uparela makes important contributions to our understandings of gender and sexuality in the colonial era.”

The Sturgis Leavitt Award is given annually for the best article or book chapter on a Latin American or Iberian subject published by a SECOLAS member in the previous calendar year. The article may be written in any language.

The committee included Dr. Fernanda Lana Bretones (University of Florida), Dr. Robert Franco (Kenyon College), and Dr. Sarah Foss (Oklahoma State University).

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