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Degree: Ph.D., University of California, San Diego

Position: Assistant Professor of Spanish

Research Interests: Iberian Literature, Cinema and Cultural Studies, 1898-present; Spanish Horror Film; Contemporary Spanish Theater; Hispanic Urban Studies; Spanish Civil War; Memory Studies; Trauma Studies; Psychoanalysis; Social Justice

Campus Address: B-452 Wells Hall

Phone: (517) 884-6307


Scott Boehm is Assistant Professor of 20th-21st Century Spanish Culture and Global Studies. His research focuses on contemporary popular culture and its intersections with Spanish history and politics. His book project, Ghosts, Cannibals & Crime: Spanish Popular Cinema in a Time of Crisis, is a study of the recent boom in Spanish horror film, thrillers and noir as it relates to the economic, political and institutional crisis reshaping Spain in the 21st century. He has published academic articles, book chapters and encyclopedia entries on Spanish cinema, popular theater and historical memory.

In 2007, Scott helped launch The Spanish Civil War Memory Project, a groundbreaking digital humanities project housed in the Southworth Spanish Civil War Collection at UC San Diego, for which he interviewed more than fifty survivors of Francoist repression. In 2008, as a Fellow of the Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley, Scott worked with the Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory in Spain, assisting with mass grave exhumations and conducting archival research that formed part of the evidence used in Judge Baltasar Garzón’s historic investigation of crimes against humanity committed in Spain. Scott received his Ph.D. in Spanish Literature and Cultural Studies from the Literature Department at UC San Diego where he specialized in Spanish cinema.

Scott is the director of the MSU Latino Film Festival and affiliated with the Film Studies Program. 


“Popular Theater as Space and Symbol of the Spanish Democratic Revolution” in Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (Forthcoming: Volume 95, 2018)

 “The Politics of Public Memory in Madrid Now: From an ‘Olympic Capital of Impunity’ to Omnia sunt communia” in Cartographies of Madrid: Contesting Urban Space at the Crossroads of the Global South and Global North, Silvia Bermúdez and Anthony Geist (Eds.). Hispanic Issues, Vanderbilt University Press (Forthcoming: 2018)

Caníbal,” “El desconocido,” “Grupo 7,” “¿Qué hace una chica como tú en un sitio como este?,” “Nadie hablará de nosotras cuando hayamos muerto,” in Encyclopedia of Contemporary Spanish Film, Alex Pinar & Salvador Jimenez Murguia (Eds.). Rowman & Littlefield (Forthcoming: 2018)

Aparecidos, or How to Make the Ghosts Haunting You Disappear by Seeing Others”

in Historia, literatura y arte en el cine en español y portugués: estudios y perspectivas, María Marcos Ramos (Ed.). Centro de Estudios Brasileños, Universidad de Salamanca (2017)

“Por una memoria activa” in Políticas de memoria y construcción de ciudadanía, Ariel Jerez and Emilio Silva (Eds.), Postmetropolis Editorial (2015)