PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Chicago (USA), MA in Hispanic Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago (USA), BA in History, Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (RD).
Originally from the Dominican Republic, Lourdes Fernández Bencosme has made Madrid her home for the last 20 years. She is very passionate about the city and Spain in general. She holds a BA in History from the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo after which she moved to Chicago to pursue her graduate work. She holds a MA degree in Hispanic Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a PhD in Romance Languages & Literatures from the University of Chicago. She has taught courses at the University of Illinois, The University of Chicago, Colgate University, Universidad Autónoma de México, Syracuse University Madrid, Suffolk University Boston and Suffolk University Madrid Campus. She has also worked as a consultant for the College Board Spanish Language and Culture Advanced Placement Program for over 12 years. She recently joined IE University as an Adjunct Professor. Her main research interests include visual media, popular music, youth culture, urban life and their literary representations in Hispanic literature.