Diana Villanueva

Diana Villanueva Romero is an Associate Professor (Profesora Contratada Doctora) at the English Department of the University of Extremadura, Spain. Her field of expertise is Anglophone environmental literature. Within this discipline she has paid special attention to literary animal studies as well as ecofeminism. She is one of the founding members of GIECO, Research Group in Ecocriticism of the Franklin Institute, University of Alcalá, and holds a PhD in American Studies from the same institution. She is also part of the research group CILEM at the University of Extremadura. Her commitment to ecocriticism is shown also by her involvement in the European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture and Environment (EASLCE). She was a member of its Advisory Board from 2012 to 2016 and one of the Managing Editors of its journal, Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment, from 2014 to 2020. Her research interests so far have taken her to a variety of places such as the University of Arizona in Tucson, the University of Nevada, Reno, Ateneo de Manila University (Philippines), and the Rachel Carson Center in Munich where she was a fellow from February to July of 2019. In 2018 she was the recipient of the SAAS/Fulbright scholarship and in February 2022 she started a one-year research stay at the University of Antwerp (Belgium) thanks to a Requalification Grant. In addition to the project “”Women Who Write Animals: Animal Alterities and their Creators in Anglophone Literature: An Ecofeminist Approach”” (GV/2022) funded by the Generalitat Valenciana, she is currently participating in the European projects “EnviroCitizen: Citizen Science for Environmental Citizenship” (GA No 872557) and DigiPhiLit “Digital Humanities and Filipino Literature in Spanish” (2020-1-BE02-KA203-074821), as well as in Aglaya “Innovation Strategies in Cultural Myth-Criticism” (H2019/HUM-5714 AGLAYA-CM Grupo GIECO) funded by the Autonomous Community of Madrid and the European Social Fund. Her latest publication is Imaginative Ecologies: Inspiring Change through the Humanities co-edited with Lorraine Kerslake and Carmen Flys Junquera (Brill, 2021).