Valerie Hegstrom

Valerie Hegstrom

Coordinator, Women's Studies / Associate Professor, Spanish & Portuguese

3148 JFSB


Curriculum Vitae


Office hours
MW 9-9:50 pm or by appt
3148 JFSB

Dr. Hegstrom received her PhD from the University of Kansas. She taught for four years at the University of New Mexico before joining the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Brigham Young University. She is an affiliated faculty member of the Comparative Literature, European Studies, and the Women’s Studies programs as well. At BYU, she has organized two College of Humanities Theater Festivals and helped mentor the production of seven full-length Early Modern Spanish plays and two entremeses, including works by Lope de Vega, Tirso de Molina, Calderón de la Barca, Ângela de Azevedo, and Sor Marcela de San Félix. She has also enjoyed co-directing study abroad programs in Alcalá de Henares, Spain. Dr. Hegstrom’s research focuses on the recovery of literary works by Early Modern women who wrote in Spanish and Portuguese. Her edition of Ângela de Azevedo’s play El muerto disimulado, together with Catherine Larson’s translation titled Presumed Dead, will be published by Aris & Phillips, an imprint of Liverpool University Press. Dr. Hegstrom’s current projects include a translation of Maria do Céu’s allegory Enganos do bosque, desenganos do rio and an edition and translation of poems, stories, a play, and letters by Maria do Céu. She serves as the coordinator of the BYU Women’s Studies Program and faculty advisor to the Women’s Studies honor society.

Recent Publications

“Reading El Buscón on the Chamizal Stage.” [Performance Review.] Comedia Performance 13.1 (2016): 223-29.

“Gendered Matters: Engaging Research on Early Modern Dramaturgas in the Classroom.” Co-authored with Amy R. Williamsen. Teaching Gender through Latin American, Latino and Iberian Texts and CultureEd. Leila Gómez, Asunción Horno-Delgado, Mary K. Long, Núria Silleras-Fernández. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, 2015. 99-124.

“Early Modern Dramaturgas: A Contemporary Performance History,” Co-authored with Amy R. Williamsen. Remaking the Comedia: Spanish Classical Theater in Adaptation. Ed. Harley Erdman and Susan Paun de García. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Tamesis, 2015. 83-92.

“El convento como espacio escénico y la monja como actriz: montajes teatrales en tres conventos de Valladolid, Madrid y Lisboa.” Letras en la celda: Cultura escrita de los conventos femeninos en la España moderna. Ed. Nieves Baranda Leturio and María Carmen Marín Pina. Madrid: Iberoamericana – Vervuert, 2014. 363-78.

Rev. of Judging Maria de Macedo: A Female Visionary and the Inquisition in Early Modern Portugal, by Bryan Givens. Seventeenth-Century News 70.1-2 (2012): 65-68.

“Señor Quijote Mío.” [Performance Review.] Co-authored with Amy R. Williamsen. Bulletin of the Comediantes 63.2 (2011): 166-68.

Fall semester 2016 Courses

Span 345: “Iberian Civilization” — 10:00-10:50 and 11:00-11:50 MWF
WS 392R: Women’s Studies Colloquium — 12:00-12:50 F
WS 492: Women’s Studies Capstone — 3:00-4:50 W


“Europe’s Feminist Legacies,” Café CSE Speaker Series, European Studies and the Kennedy Center, Brigham Young University, November 18, 2015. 

“Feminism, Women’s Movements, Sex and Peace,” The Morning Show, BYU Radio, October 22, 2014. (Start at minute 13:59)

“Why European Women Don’t . . . ,” Café CSE Speaker Series, European Studies and the Kennedy Center, Brigham Young University, April 3, 2013. 

“Tragedy or Comedy? The Outcome of Rash, Young Love in Lope de Vega’s Castelvines y Monteses and El caballero de Olmedo,” a presentation at the symposium Early Modern Spanish Theater: Text and Performance, Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, Vanderbilt University, April 2-4, 2012.

Women’s Studies Colloquium (Lecture Series)

BYU Women’s Studies Website

BYU Spanish Golden Age Theater Website

BYU Spanish Golden Age Theater Outreach Video