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Natasha Tanna is a Lecturer in World Literature and currently holds a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship (January 2020 to December 2022). She specialises in contemporary literary engagements with queer theory, decolonial theory, and critical race theory. Her areas of expertise include Latin(x) American and Caribbean literature as well as Iberian literature in Spanish and Catalan.
Before joining the Department in September 2021, Natasha was a Research Fellow in the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies at University College London (January 2020 to August 2021) and Lecturer in Spanish and Director of Studies in Modern and Medieval Languages at Christ’s College, University of Cambridge (September 2017 to December 2019). She completed her PhD in Spanish (2013–2017), MPhil in Latin American Studies (2009–2010), and BA in Modern and Medieval Languages (2005–2009) at the University of Cambridge.
Between her MPhil and PhD Natasha taught English at a primary school just outside Barcelona and worked in a number of roles at Imperial College London. She has also taught English at the Universidad de Guanajuato in Mexico and been a visiting researcher at ADHUC, the Centre for Gender Studies at the Universitat de Barcelona.
Natasha specialises in queer, feminist, and anti-racist approaches to literary, cultural, and social analysis. Her research focuses on Latin(x) America, the Caribbean, Spain, and Catalonia. She is the author of Queer Genealogies in Transnational Barcelona (Legenda, 2019), which was awarded the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland Publication Prize 2018. It centres on queer kinship, alternative communities, and migration between Barcelona and Latin America. As well as book chapters in English, Spanish, and Catalan, she has reviews and articles published or forthcoming in journals including Feminist Theory and Comparative Literature.
She is currently writing her second book, provisionally titled The Ecstasy of Influence: Queer Appropriation in Ibero-American Literature. She is also working on a project titled Creaction: Creative Critical Interventions for Social Justice, based on a series of workshops she co-convened with hakan sandal-wilson and Abeyamí Ortega at UCL’s Institute of Advanced Studies in 2021.
Natasha co-convenes the interdisciplinary research network ‘Global Conversations Towards Queer Social Justice’ based at the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities with hakan sandal-wilson and Marcin Smietana. She is exploring creative/experimental critical writing in her research and teaching, influenced by writers such as Cristina Rivera Garza, Saidiya Hartman, Claudia Rankine, and Gloria Anzaldúa.
Natasha welcomes research students interested in many areas of contemporary literature, especially topics related to queerness, queer feminisms, migration, racialisation/racism, and decolonial theory and practice.
Natasha is currently teaching on Debating Global Literary Culture, the core module for the MA in Global Literature and Culture. She also teaches the MA module Queer Encounters in Global Literatures and Cultures.
Natasha is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.