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Religious Studies

Stapell, Hamilton

M.A. and Ph.D., University of California, San Diego (2004)
B.A., University of Colorado, Boulder (1994)

Associate Professor

Department: History
Office: JFT 1005
Phone: (845) 257-2597

Career History

Dr. Stapell previously taught at the United States Military Academy, West Point, and for the Revelle Humanities Writing Program at the University of California, San Diego.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Stapell's areas of teaching specialization include modern Europe, Latin America, and European intellectual history. Courses taught:

  • Medieval Europe
  • Modern Europe
  • Spain since 1808
  • Americanization of Europe
  • Europe since 1945
  • Intellectual History of 19th Century Europe
  • Intellectual History of 20th Century Europe
  • Madrid, Past and Present (Senior Research Seminar)
  • Degeneration, Health, and Modernity (Senior Research Seminar)
  • Individual and Society (Honors Program First-year Seminar)

Research/Creative Activity

Professor Stapell is a historian of twentieth century Europe. His research and writing focus on the political and cultural history of Spain since its transition to democracy in 1975. He has published articles on national and regional identity in the ‘New Europe’ and on Spanish culture. He is also the author of the book entitled Remaking Madrid: Culture, Politics, and Identity after Franco.

Awards, Honors & Recognition

  • Liberal Arts & Sciences Teacher of the Year Award, SUNY New Paltz, 2012-2013
  • Patriotic Civilian Service Award, United States Military Academy (West Point), 2008
  • Writing Fellow, Department of History, University of California, San Diego, 2003-2004
  • Journalism Fellowship, University of Maryland, College Park, 1996-1997
  • Phi Beta Kappa, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1994


Remaking Madrid: Culture, Politics, and Identity after Franco. New York: Palgrave Macmillan,

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles:
“’Do You Feel More Madrileño or Español?’: Making the Case for Regionalism in the Capital,
1979-1990.” Bulletin for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies 35, no. 1 (2011):
article 1.

“Walking the Walk to Teach the Talk: Implementing Ancestral Lifestyle Strategies as the Newest
Tool in Evolutionary Studies.” Co-authored with: Steven Platek, Glenn Geher, Leslie Heywood, J. Ryan Porter & Tia Walters. Evolution: Education and Outreach 4, no. 1 (2011): 41-51.

“Just a Teardrop in the Rain? The movida madrileña and Democratic Identity Formation in the
Capital, 1979-1986.” Bulletin of Spanish Studies 86, no. 3 (2009): 345-369.

“Reconsidering Spanish Nationalism, Regionalism, and the Center-Periphery Model in the Post-
Francoist Period, 1975-1992.” International Journal of Iberian Studies 20, no. 3 (2007):

“A New Disneylandia?: Bringing the Magic Kingdom to Spain.” in progress.

“Beyond ‘Cultural Insecurity’: Rethinking Americanization, Anti-Americanism, and National
Identity in Post-Franco Spain,” in progress.

Book Chapter:
“The Same in Name, But Different: the movida madrileña and the other ‘movidas’ of Spain.” In
Back to the Future: Towards a Cultural Archive of the Movida, edited by William J. Nichols
and H. Rosi Song. Volume in process.

Invited Articles and Book Reviews:
Stanley Black. Spain since 1939. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. In European
History Quarterly
42, no. 4 (October 2012): 680-681.

"Spain's Election Is Set to Worsen the Crisis in Europe." Foreign Affairs. November 17, 2011.

Jordi Gracia and Domingo Ródenas de Moya, eds. Más es más. Sociedad y cultura en la España
democrática, 1986-2008
. Madrid: Iberoamericana/Vervuert, 2009. In Bulletin of Spanish
88, no. 2 (2011): 305-306.

Jill Robbins. Crossing through Chueca. Lesbian Literary Culture in Queer Madrid. Minneapolis:
University of Minnesota Press, 2011. In Bulletin of Spanish Studies, forthcoming.

Aránzazu Ascunce Arenas. Barcelona and Madrid Social Networks of the Avant-Garde. Lewisburg,
PA: Bucknell University Press, 2012. In European History Quarterly, forthcoming.