Luis Medina Cordova


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I am interested in supervising doctoral projects on Latin American cultural production broadly, but particularly in the following areas:

- Latin American literature, mainly 20th century and contemporary

- Ecuadorian Literature

-World Literature from Latin American perspectives

-Intersections of economics and Latin American cultural production

-Covid-19 Narratives in Latin America


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I specialise in Latin American Cultural Studies, with a particular focus on contemporary Ecuadorian literature. Before moving to the UK, I did my BA in Journalism at Universidad Casa Grande (Guayaquil, Ecuador) and worked as a journalist for over seven years. My writing has been featured by outlets including El Telégrafo, Expreso, Vistazo, GK and El País.

My interest in cultural journalism and literature brought me to the UK to pursue a MA in Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American Studies at King's College London. The learnings of that MA programme became the basis of my doctoral research. After completing a four-year research project on contemporary Ecuadorian literature at King's College London, I was awarded my PhD in Latin American Studies in 2020. My doctoral thesis received the 2020-2021 AHGBI Publication Prize and the King's Outstanding Thesis Prize 2021. I also won the 2021 NeMLA CAITY Essay Award for an article based on one of my thesis' chapters.

Following my PhD, I held teaching posts at King's College London and The University of Manchester. I joined the University of Birmingham in 2021 as Lecturer in Modern Languages (Spanish).

Research interests

I am interested in the intersection of cultural, social, and political processes in Latin America. I study the role of economic crises in understanding contemporary Latin American fiction and its connections to World Literature. I focus on how translation, circulation, and the international understanding of "Latin American writing" has impacted the development of Ecuadorian literature after Ecuador's 1999 economic crisis, also known as the Feriado Bancario. My work aims at shedding light on the work of poorly translated literary voices in the Anglophone academia while informing global debates about the meanings of World Literature from a 'minor' Latin American perspective.

My PhD research focuses on Ecuadorian fiction published after 1999. I draw from New Economic Criticism to identify a shift from the national to the transnational in twenty-first century Ecuador and propose a definition for "contemporary Ecuadorian literature". By examining a selection of novels published in the last twenty years, I propose that, underrepresented in the global literary market in terms of translation and circulation, as well as understudied in the scholarship, Ecuadorian writing illuminates alternative ways of understanding what constitutes a 'World Novel'.

My latest research project focuses on real-time literary responses to Covid-19 in Latin America. I propose that body of fiction deeply engaged with the fears and anxieties caused by the pandemic worldwide is vigorously developing on social media outlets and other digital platforms. I am analysing testimonial writing, survival poetry and Covid-19 flash fiction on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, where machine translation has allowed stories to circulate rapidly across cultural and linguistic territories.


  • PhD in Latin American Studies, King's College London
  • MA in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, King's College London
  • BA in Journalism, Universidad Casa Grande (Guayaquil, Ecuador)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

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  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Latin American Studies, King’s College London

Jan 2016Aug 2020

Award Date: 1 Aug 2020

Master of Arts, Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, King’s College London

Sept 2014Sept 2015

Award Date: 1 Jan 2016

Bachelor of Arts, Journalism, Universidad Casa Grande

Apr 2007Feb 2013

Award Date: 4 Feb 2013


  • F1201 Latin America (General)
  • Latin American Studies
  • Latin American Literature
  • Ecuadorian Literature
  • Ecuadorian Studies
  • PC Romance languages
  • PQ Romance literatures


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