Luis Villamia received his PhD in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages from The Graduate Center, The City University of New York. Prior to coming to Nazarbayev University, Dr. Villamia taught at Skidmore College, Brooklyn College, Hunter College and in Spain at Alcala University-Franklin Institute. He also worked for one year at the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States as a lecturer in the island of Saint Lucia in the Caribbean.
His main research focuses on the contemporary Spanish novel and the cultural history of the 20th and 21st centuries, nevertheless he has always combined his pursuit in Contemporary peninsular Studies and Latin American Studies, especially with Caribbean Studies. He has published diverse articles in journals such as Revista Iberoamericana, Hispanófila, España Contemporánea, Chasqui and Hipertexto.
His current research deals with the new intellectual elite that flourished in Catalonia from the 1960s and 1970s. This large and heterogeneous generation gained access to the hegemony in the field of cultural production, through the control of new publishing houses and its prominent role in a wide variety of fields such as architecture, literature, photography and translation. Dr. Villamia’s project aims to determine how this cultural group of young anti-Francoists located in Barcelona that the critic Joan de Sagarra dubbed the gauche divine became cultural mediators of the foreign modernity in the latter stages of the Francoist regime through the imitation of new habits and cultural trends that were emerging in France, Italy or the United States.