Andrea Pauw

Andrea Pauw

PhD Student
Office Hours:
Wed 11:00-12:00; Th 2:15-3:15


Ph.D., Spanish (August 2014-present) University of Virginia
M.A., Spanish (May 2016) University of Virginia
B.A., Hispanic Studies, Minor in Music (May 2013) Davidson College, Magna cum laude

Research Interests

  • Aljamiado-morisco literature
  • Medieval and Early Modern Spain
  • Interfaith relationships
  • 19th-century historiographical and artistic representations of Moriscos
  • Linguistic Anthropology


My dissertation examines the poetic texts written by Spain's Muslim population in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. After their forcible conversion at the beginning of the sixteenth century, many “Moriscos,” as they were now called, conserved their Islamic faith through the diffusion of “Aljamiado” manuscripts. Aljamiado refers to the use of the Arabic alphabet to transcribe Spanish; the transliteration system originated before the medieval “Mudejar” population became Moriscos. Over 200 extant manuscripts composed in Aljamiado, Arabic, and Spanish in Latin characters—both in Spain and in North African exile—offer fascinating insight into the Mudejars' and Moriscos' creative perseverance. My dissertation focuses on the copies produced during the sixteenth century by Morisco scribes and spiritual leaders. By attending to the neglected poetic compositions within the Aljamiado corpus through a framework informed by linguistic anthropology, my project reveals the ways in which a marginalized group negotiated the boundaries of belonging and exclusion in Early Modern Spain.


  • Texts and Interpretation (Fall 2017; Spring 2018)
  • Intermediate Spanish Language (Fall 2015; Summer 2016)
  • Don Quixote (Spring 2016): Teaching assistant for English and Spanish-language discussion
  • Spanish Grammar and Composition I (Fall 2016-Spring 2017)


“Translating Footsteps”, Early American Literature 52.1 (February 2017). Conference Review: Translation and Transmission in the Early Americas of The Society of Early Americanists, with Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture.


“Declassifying the Unclassifiable: Spanish Moriscos and Their Forgotten Legacy,” Diversifying Scholarship Conference, Charlottesville, VA (Fall 2017)

“Art and Authority in the Poema de José,” International Conference on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (May 2017)

“Moriscos in Nineteenth-Century Historiography and Art,” Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA (November 2016)

Grants & Awards

Jefferson Fellowship, Jefferson Scholars Foundation, Charlottesville, VA (2014-present)

Casa de Velázquez Research Fellowship, Madrid (Summer 2017)

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) Summer Research Grant, Charlottesville, VA  (Spring 2017)

Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation Graduate Student Research Grant, Charlottesville, VA (Spring 2017)

Institute of World Languages (IWL) Graduate Student Travel Grant, Charlottesville, VA  (Spring 2017)

Summer Language Language Study Grant, Charlottesville, VA  (Spring 2017)

Charles Gordon Reid, Jr. Fellowship, Madrid (Summer 2016)

Summer Language Study Fellowship, Charlottesville, VA (Summer 2015)

Davidson College Impact Fellowship, Mérida, Mexico (July 2013-June 2014)

Davidson College Research Grant, Buenos Aires (June 2012)

Plott Music Performance Scholarship, Davidson, NC (August 2009-May 2013)

Rufus Hallmark Writing Award, Davidson, NC (May 2012)

Phi Beta Kappa, Davidson College (May 2013)