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University of California, San Diego
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Modern Spain, gender and women's history, social movements, Modern Europe
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I am a historian of Modern Spain, whose research has focused on mass politics, gender, civil society and democratic transitions.  My second book, Making Democratic Citizens, explores the grass-roots contribution of ordinary men and women to Spain’s much celebrated democratic transition of the 1970s, through the lens of their participation in civic associations founded under the dictatorship.  In neighborhood, family and homemaker associations established in an expanding civil society between the early 1960s and the late 1970s, the book argues that participants experimented with new practices of civic participation that put pressure on the authoritarian state and constituted the building blocks of a future democratic citizenship.  Whereas most studies of the transition begin with the formal institutional changes of 1976-78, this book situates its origins in a complex process that involved changing state policies, economic and social transformation and a growing culture of participation.  In this analysis, the 1978 Constitution marked the culmination, rather than the start, of “making democratic citizens” and, by extension, of Spain’s democracy.  My most recent book is a synthetic history of 19th and 20thcentury Spain, which was published in English by Wiley Blackwell Press and in Spanish by Ariel.

Recent Publications

Making Democratic Citizens in Spain: Civil Society and the Popular Origins of the Democratic Transition, 1960-1978 (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, pp 1-416).

 A History of Spain, 1808-Present (Boston: Wiley Blackwell Press), 2017.            (Spanish translation, Ariel Editorial, 2018)

 “From Democratic Transition to Consolidation and Crispacion: 1970s-Present”, in A New History of Modern Spain: Chronologies, Themes and Individuals, edited by Jose Alvarez Junco and Adrian Shubert (Bloomsbury Academic, 2018).

Social Movements, Democratization and Citizenship: Spain in the 1970s,” in Performing Citizenship: Social Movements across the Globe, edited by Inbal Ofer and Tamar Groves. Routledge Press, 2016, pp 10-29).

  “Unsettling the Iberian Transitions to Democracy of the 1970s,” The Routledge Companion to  Iberian Studies, edited by Javier Munoz-Basols, Manuel Delgado and Laura Lonsdale, (Routledge  Press, 2016.

“The Political Left in Inter-war Europe”, The Oxford Handbook of European History, 1914-1945, edited by Nicholas Doumanis, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016, pp 282-300).

“Movilización social y política en la obra de José Alvarez Junco”

in Javier Moreno Luzón y Fernando del Rey (eds.), Pueblo y nación. Homenaje a José Álvarez Junco, Madrid: Taurus/Centro de Estudios Políticos y Constitucionales, 2013 (pp 69-83).

“El ciclo de movilización en la Transición española”, Revista Alcores 14 (2012, pp 23-48).

“El debate sobre el género en la Constitución de 1978: orígenes y consecuencias del nuevo consenso sobre la igualdad”, Ayer 88 2012(4), pp 195-225.


Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Spain, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
20th century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Rebellion & Revolution, Urban History, Women