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Associate Professor
Spanish and Portuguese

McKenna 232

Office Hour: Monday, 11:00am-12:00pm or by appointment. 


Professor Núria Silleras-Fernández welcomes both MA and PhD students interested in working on medieval and/or early modern Iberian and Mediterranean studies. She is particularly interested in mentoring graduate students in her subfields of interest listed above, but not exclusively.

Research Areas

Medieval and Early Modern Iberian literatures and cultures, cultural and intellectual history,  gender studies, court culture, queenship, patronage, translation studies, politics, religion, emotions, humanism, Catalan, Iberian, and Mediterranean Studies. 

 Winner of a 2020 Provost’s Faculty Achievement Award from the University of Colorado Boulder

Scholarly Books

  • Chariots of Ladies: Francesc Eiximenis and the Court Culture of Medieval and Early Modern Iberia (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2015), 328 pp.
     - Winner, Premio del Rey, American Historical Association (AHA), biennial prize for a distinguished book in English in the field of Early Spanish History, 2016 
    -  Honorable Mention, Modern Languages Association (MLA), 27th  Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize for an outstanding book published in English or Spanish in the field of Latin American and Spanish literatures and cultures, 2016.  
    -  Honorable Mention, Kayden Book Award, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2016.
    -  Winner, La corónica International Book Award 2017 (Modern Language Association Division on Medieval Hispanic Languages, Literatures, and Cultures), annual international prize for the best monograph published on Medieval Hispanic Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.
  • María de Luna. Poder, piedad y patronazgo de una reina bajomedieval (Zaragoza: Institución Fernando el Católico, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, 2012). Spanish Version/Translation with new additions of Power, Piety and Patronage in Late Medieval Queenship. 

  • Power, Piety and Patronage in Late Medieval Queenship. Maria de Luna (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, The New Middle Ages, 2008), 250 pp.

Edited Books

  • Iberian Babel: Translation and Multilingualism in the Medieval and Early Modern Mediterranean, ed. with Michelle Hamilton (Leiden: Brill, 2022)
  • Teaching Gender Through Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Texts and Cultures, ed. with Leila Gómez, Asunción Horno-Delgado, and Mary Long (Rotterdam: Sense Publishing, 2015) 
  • In and Of the Mediterranean. Medieval and Early Modern Iberian Studies, ed. with Michelle Hamilton (Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, Hispanic Issues, 2015)

Edited Jounral Issue

Presents and Futures of Catalan Studies: A North American Perspective, edited with Anna Casas Aguilar, Maria Dasca, and Ignasi Gozalo-Salellas, Catalan Review 37–1 (in print, forthcoming 2023).

    Link to Selected Articles and Book Chapters

    • “Isabel’s Years of Sorrow: Consoling the Catholic Queen,” in A Companion to the Queenship of Isabel la Católica, ed. Hilaire Kallendorf (Leiden: Brill, 2022): 254–78.
    • “Iberian Queenship: Theory and Practice,” in Routledge’s Hispanic Studies Companion to Medieval Iberia: Unity in Diversity, ed. Michael Gerli and Ryan Giles, Routledge: 2021, 303–24.
    • La creación de la identidad lingüística catalana (siglos XIII-XVII) en su contexto peninsular y mediterráneo: Un prefacio” in Vicente Lledó Guillem, La creación de la identidad lingüística catalana (siglos XIII-XVII) (Madrid: Marcial Pons, 2019): 9–16, 183, 219–220.
    • Sois a chave que une as duas coroas: as bodas de D. Maria Manuela de Portugal e D. Filipe de Áustria,” trans. Ana María S. A. Rodrigues, in Ana María S. A. Rodrigues, Manuela Santos Silva, and Ana Leal de Faria, eds., Casamentos e familia real portuguesa, êxitos e fracassos (Lisboa: Círculo de Leitores, 2018): vol. IV, 235–267.
    • “Mystical Traditions Are Political: The Life and Afterlife of Teresa Enríquez,” Critical and Comparative Mysticisms, English Language Notes (ELN), Duke University Press 56–1 (2018): 223–229.
    • “The Queen, the Prince, and the Ideologue: Alonso Ortiz’s Notions of Queenship at the Court of the Catholic Kings,” Anuario de Estudios Medievales, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas 46–1 (2016): 393–415.
    • ​“Versión (no) original: Isabel y Carlos, Rey Emperador frente al multilingüismo y la diversidad cultural,” Miríada Hispánica. Hispanic Studies Journal 12 (2016): 41–56.
    • Cada maestrillo tiene su librillo: Personal Reflections on Teaching Gender Through Medieval Iberian Texts,” in Teaching Gender Through Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Texts and Cultures, ed. Leila Gómez, Asunción Horno-Delgado, Mary Long, and Nuria Silleras-Fernandez (Rotterdam: Sense Publishing, 2015)
    • “Inside Perspectives: Catalina and João III of Portugal and a Speculum for a Queen-to-Be” in Self-Fashioning and Assumptions of Identity in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia, ed. Laura Delbrugge (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2015): 226–52.
    • “Dues reines per a un rei: Maria de Luna i Margarida de Prades, les mullers de Martí I l’Humà (r. 1396–1410),” in Martí l’Humà, el darrer rei de la dinastia de Barcelona (1396–1410), L’interregne i el compromís de Casp, ed. Maria Teresa Ferrer i Mallol (Barcelona: Institut d’Estudis Catalans, 2015): 693–710.
    • “Creada a su imagen y semejanza: La coronación de la Reina de Aragón según las Ordenaciones de Pedro el Ceremonioso,” Lusitania Sacra. 2a Série 31 (2015): 107–128
    • “Iberia and the Mediterranean: An Introduction” with Michelle Hamilton in In and Of the Mediterranean. Medieval and Early Modern Iberian Studies, ed. Hamilton and Silleras-Fernandez (Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, Hispanic Issues, 2015): ix–xxvii.
    • “Controlling Feminine Excess: Isabel the Catholic and Didactic Literature,” Women’s Networks of Spiritual Promotion in the Peninsular Kingdoms (13th–16th centuries), ed. Blanca Garí, Trans. by PangurBàn, SL (Rome: Viella, Ircum-Medieval Cultures 2, 2013): 185–204 [English translation of “Exceso femenino, control masculino: Isabel la Católica y la literatura didáctica,” for the English version of the same book.]
    • “Exceso femenino, control masculino: Isabel la Católica y la literatura didáctica,” in Redes femeninas de promoción espiritual en los reinos peninsulares (siglos XIII-XVI), ed. Blanca Garí (Roma: Viella, Ircum-Medieval Cultures 1, 2013): 185–202.
    • “Paradoxes humanistes: Els escrits de Francesc Eiximenis i de Bernat Metge i la seva recepció a la Baixa Edat Mitjana i el Renaixement,” eHumanista. A Journal of Iberian Studies IVITRA 1 (2012): 154–167.
    • “Between Expectation and Desire: Widowhood and Sexuality in Late Medieval Iberia,” Viator. Medieval and Renaissance Studies 42–2 (2011): 353–370.
    • “Money Isn’t Everything: Concubinage, Class and the Rise and Fall of Sibil·la de Fortià, Queen of Aragon (1377–87)” in Women, Wealth, and Power in Medieval Europe, ed. Theresa Earenfight (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010): 67–88. [Named Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index “Article of the Month” (August 2010).
    • “Nigra sum sed formosa: Black Slaves and Exotica in the Court of a Fourteenth-Century Aragonese Queen,” Medieval Encounters 13–3 (2007): 546–565.
    • “Reginalitat als regnes hispànics medievals: concepte historiogràfic per a una realitat històrica,” Boletín de la Real Academia de Buenas Letras de Barcelona 50 (2005–2006): 121–142.
    • “Spirit and Force. Court and Conscience in the Reign of Maria de Luna (1396–1406)” in Queenship and Political Power in Medieval and Early Modern Spain, ed. T. Earenfight (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005): 78–90.
    • “Widowhood and Deception: Ambiguities of Queenship in Late Medieval Crown of Aragon” in Shell Games: Scams, Frauds and Deceits (1300–1650), ed. M. Crane; M. Reeves; R. Raiswell (Toronto: University of Toronto, 2004): 185–207
    • “Queenship en la Corona de Aragón en la Baja Edad Media: estudio y propuesta terminológica,” La Corónica. A Journal of Medieval Spanish Language and Literature 32–1 (2003): 119–133.


    • Affiliated Faculty in the History Department and the Women and Gender Studies Department, and Board Member of the CU Mediterranean Studies Group
    • President of the North American Catalan Society (NACS), 2022-2026