Matthew Richey

PhD Candidate
New Cabell Hall 442
Office Hours:
Mon & Wed 2:00-3:00 pm via Zoom


Ph.D., Spanish, University of Virginia (expected May 2020)
M.A., Hispanic Studies, Virginia Tech (May 2015)
B.A., Spanish, Virginia Tech (May 2007)
B.S., Marketing Management, Virginia Tech (May 2007)

Research Interests

  • Consumption, labor, and migration
  • Dystopia and post-war detective fiction
  • Contemporary Central American and Mexican literature
  • The body, space, and the photographic image
  • Advertising and gender


  • Accelerated Elementary Spanish (Fall 2017)
  • Intermediate Spanish (Fall 2016, Spring 2017)


Branche, Jerome C. (ed.). Black Writing, Culture, and the State in Latin America. 280 pp. Nashville: Vanderbilt UP, 2015. Hispanófila 181 (December 2017): 195-196.

“La señora de Trabanino: intertextualidad y angustia en la posguerra.” El diablo en el espejo: reflexiones críticas sobre la obra de Horacio Castellanos Moya. Eds. María del Carmen Caña Jiménez and Vinodh Venkatesh, Albatros Ediciones, 2016, pp. 63-86.

“Two-Way Mirror: The Two Voices of Exile in La Rambla paralela by Fernando Vallejo.” Cincinnati Romance Review 39 (Fall 2015): 269-284.


“The Brink of Postwar Relapse: Intertextual Anxieties in Three Novels by Horacio Castellanos Moya.” SECOLAS, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. March 2017.

“Copy + Paste: On Reconstructing Narratives and Other (Post)-Digital Musings in Nocilla dream by Agustín Fernández Mallo.” MIFLC, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA. October 2016.

“Consumed Culture: Hypercapitalism and Disposable Bodies in Contemporary Central American Narrative.” LASA, New York City. May 2016.

“Jesus in a Rented Car: Consumerism and Biblical Narrative in El leproso by Méndez Vides.” SECOLAS, Cartagena, Colombia. March 2016.

“Ladrillos y Ladrones: Economic Violence in Las murallas and El leproso by Méndez Vides.” MIFLC, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC. October 2015.

“Commod[e]fication: Bathrooms and Neoliberal Space in Ana Clavel’s El cuerpo naúfrago.” Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures, UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC. April 2015.

Grants & Awards

Harrison Family Foundation Jefferson Scholars Fellow (2015)

Del Greco Library Travel Fellowship (2016)

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences - Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Summer Research Award (2017)