Contact Information


Voice: 657-278-4186

Dept: 657-278-3534

Department Address

Office: Humanities 830-I

Emily Kuffner, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Spanish Literature and Culture


Dr. Emily Kuffner is an Assistant Professor of Modern Languages at the California State University, Fullerton. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis in Early Modern Spanish Literature with a secondary focus in Gender Studies. Dr. Kuffner's research investigates the history of sexuality and women's writing in Golden Age Spain through the lens of cultural studies. She is the author of Fictions of Containment in the Spanish Female Picaresque: Architectural Space and Prostitution in the Early Modern Mediterranean (Amsterdam University Press, 2019).


2014 Ph.D. in Spanish Literature, University of California, Davis

2009 M.A. in Romance Languages, University of New Orleans

2007 B.A. in Spanish, University of New Orleans

Research Areas

  • The picaresque novel
  • Literary prostitution
  • Early modern and modern Spanish female authors 
  • Gender studies and feminist theory 
  • History of sexuality 
  • Medical humanities 
  • Cultural studies of pre-modern Spain 
  • Plant and animal studies

Courses Regularly Taught

Early modern Spanish literature, Spanish female authors, Spanish culture and civilization, gender and sexuality in literature.


Fictions of Containment in the Spanish Female Picaresque: Architectural Space and Prostitution in the Early Modern Mediterranean.  Amsterdam University Press (Gendering the Late Medieval and Early Modern World Series). 2019. 

“‘Sweet Chains and Happy Prisons:’ Collective Rituals of Pregnancy and Childbirth in Seventeenth-Century Spanish Occasional Poetry and Domestic Remedy Manuals.” Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 15.1 (Fall 2020). 

 “Mandrake and Monarchy in Early Modern Spain.” Journal of the History of Sexuality, 29.3 (September 2020). 

“En el tocar está la virtud: The Eros of Healing in La Lozana andaluza.” La corónica Vol. 45.2 (Spring 2017). 

For Future Students

Emily Kuffner studied abroad in Denia, Spain as a sophomore in college, an experience that sparked a lasting love of Spanish culture, history and literature. After living in Spain for another six years, she pursued a PhD in Golden Age (sixteenth- and seventeenth-century) Spanish Literature. She is delighted to share her love of Spanish culture, literature and language with the students of California State University, Fullerton.