Monica is an Assistant Professor of Spanish and Humanities at Reed College. She received a PhD in Comparative Literature and a Graduate Certificate in Film Studies from the University of Michigan. She also holds a Law degree from the University of Valencia (Spain) and a LL.M. in Jurisprudence from the European Academy of Legal Theory (Belgium). At Reed she teaches a variety of interdisciplinary courses in film theory, law and violence, justice and the senses, and cinema and human rights. She has also taught at the School of International Relations of the Kyrgyz State National University and at the Faculty of Law of the University of Helsinki.
Her research interests include contemporary Spanish film and literature, with particular emphasis on film theory, gender, aesthetics, and cultural and theoretical aspects of law. Her work has appeared in Revue Interdisciplinaire d’Etudes Juridiques, Conserveries Mémorielles, Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal, Política Común, Nordic Journal of Law and Social Research, as well as in various edited volumes. She is the co-editor of Rancière and Law (Routledge, 2018) and is currently finishing a monograph entitled Sensing Justice through Contemporary Spanish Cinema: Aesthetics, Politics, Law (to be published by Edinburgh University Press). She was co-editor in chief of the journal No Foundations: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Law and Justice from 2012 to 2017.


2010             PhD, Comparative Literature, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, US
2009             Graduate Certificate in Film Studies, Department of Film, Television and Media, University of Michigan, US.
2004             D.E.A. in Law, Department of Moral and Political Philosophy of Law,                         University of Valencia, Spain

2000             LL.M. in Jurisprudence, European Academy of Legal Theory, Brussels,  Belgium.

1996-1997    Erasmus Student, Law School, University of Orleans, France.

1992-1997    Licenciate in Law, University of Valencia, Spain.


Book in progress:
·         Sensing Justice through Contemporary Spanish Cinema: Aesthetics, Politics, Law (to be published by Edinburgh University Press).
 Edited books:
·         Rancière and Law (with Etxabe J.), Nomikoi Critical Legal Thinkers, Routledge, 2018.
Peer-reviewed articles and book chapters:
·           “Justice between Terror and Law” in Rancière and Law, Nomikoi Critical Legal Thinkers,  Routledge, 2018, 189-205.
·           “Witnessing Francoism: Ethics of Non-Violence in Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth.” NAVEIÑ REET: Nordic Journal of Law and Social Research, n. 6. vol. 2. 2015, 35-56.
·           “What Judicial Memory for the Amnesty Law of 1977?” in Europe at the Edge of Pluralism.  Eds. D. Gozdecka and M. Kmak. Benelux: Intersentia. 2015, 183-200.
·         “Aesthetic Irruptions: Politics of Perception in Alex de la Iglesia’s La Comunidad,” in Rancière and Film, Ed. Paul Bowman. Edinburgh University Press, 2013, 99-112.
·         “Disenso en La Comunidad de Alex de la Iglesia,” Política Común. Issue 4, 2013.
·         “Law in High Heels. Performativity, Alterity, and Aesthetics,” Southern California         Interdisciplinary Law Journal Vol. 20. 2. (Winter 2011): 289-324.
·         “The Ghosts of Justice and the Law of Historical Memory,” Conserveries Mémorielles. # 9  (2011).
·         “Memoria histórica, legal o cultural?” in F. Navarro, Mª Candelaria et alii (eds.). II Encuentro de Jóvenes Investigadores en Historia Contemporánea: Granada 22-25 septiembre, 2009.  Granada: Editorial Universidad de Granada, 2010, ISBN: 978-84-338-5094-2. 
·         “City and Globalization in Amores Perros,” XIV Hispanic Culture Review (2008): 69-74.
·         “Pourquoi un contrat juridique pour le pacte ‘faustien’?” Revue Interdisciplinaire d’Etudes     Juridiques (R.I.E.J.), 50 (2003): 189-222.
 Edited journal special issues:
·           “Judging Democracy, Democratic Judgment,” Co-Editor Special Issue, No-Foundations. An Interdisciplinary Journal of Law and Justice. vol. 10. June 2013.
·           “Law’s Justice. A Law and Humanities Perspective,” Co-Editor Relaunch Special Issue, No- Foundations. An Interdisciplinary Journal of Law and Justice. vol. 9. June 2012.
·         (with J. Etxabe, trans.  from the French), Benoit Dejemeppe, “François Ost: Shakespeare. La Comedie de la Loi” NoFo: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Law and Justice 10 (2013).
·         (with J. Etxabe, trans. from the French), François Ost “To Avenge, to Forgive, and to   Judge? Literary Variations,” NoFo: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Law and Justice 9 (2012).

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