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Name: Hamilton Stapell
Academic Rank: Associate Professor
Department: History

Expertise Keywords: Americanization, European history, evolution, intellectual history, Madrid, nationalism, regionalism, Spain

Available For: interviews, essays, speaking

Currrent Research: 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" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). Professor Stapell is currently working on a new project about Americanization in Spain after WWII.

Professor Stapell also sits on the Evolutionary Studies (EvoS) Board and is an associate editor at the Journal of Evolution and Health.

Contact Information

Office Phone: 845-257-2597
E-mail Address: stapellh@newpaltz.edu

Other Information

Positions held at New Paltz prior to current position:
Assistant Professor (2008-2013)

Positions held prior to joining SUNY New Paltz:
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.


University of California, San Diego 1999-2004 PhD 2004 European History
University of Colordao, Boulder 1990-1994 BA 1994 History and Economics


Provost Award for Teaching Excellence, SUNY New Paltz, 2014

Liberal Arts & Sciences Teacher of the Year Award, SUNY New Paltz, 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


Book: Remaking Madrid: Culture, Politics, and Identity after Franco. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.

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

Peer-reviewed Journal Article: “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.

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

Peer-reviewed Journal Article: “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):171-185.

Peer-reviewed Journal Article: “A New Disneylandia?: Bringing the Magic Kingdom to Spain.” in progress.

Peer-reviewed Journal Article: “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 madrilena 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. Lanham, Maryland: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2013.