José Mª Pérez Sánchez (JM. Persánch), PhD.

José Mª Pérez Sánchez (JM. Persánch), PhD.

Assistant Professor of Spanish


Academic Affairs

JM. Persánch is a professor with experience teaching a broad repertoire of courses in both Spanish and English at several institutions including private language schools in England, and college level education at Amherst College, the University of Kentucky, and Western Oregon University in the United States. Persánch specializes in language, Peninsular-Spanish, and Latino literary and cultural studies, as well as Equatorial Guinean literature. He joined Lakeland University in 2021 as an Assistant Professor of Spanish, Faculty lead, to teach the entire Spanish program including language, literature, and culture, as well as to implement curriculum development for the Spanish program to be effective in the Fall 2022. He also teaches core interdisciplinary studies courses occasionally.

Persánch has developed a research agenda that engages in interdisciplinary approaches and employs a transnational framework to study topics of race/ethnicity, immigration/diaspora, border, Ethnolinguistics, Hauntology, and Afrohispanism through literature and cultural studies all under the lens of Whiteness in coalescence with several critical theories. Persánch has served as editor for several academic journals including Nomenclatura, Procesos históricos, and Transmodernity. He edited the first-ever volume on whiteness appeared in the Hispanic Studies field and --after over fifteen years devoted to the study of whiteness-- founded the Journal of Hispanic and Lusophone Whiteness Studies for which he acts as Editor-in-Chief and published its first issue in 2020, altogether contributing to the emergence of said discipline. Persánch also edited the book Espectros del poder and is the Director of the Círculo de estudios hispánicos sobre blanquitud y afrodescendencia and has become a member of the research project Afro-Iberia –hosted in the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC; Spanish National Research Council)– to explore Afrohispanic rhetorics and representations of whiteness in Spanish Colonial Equatorial Guinean literature.

For further details as well as for a comprehensive list of projects and publications, see his personal webpage:

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