Valerie Hegstrom

Valerie Hegstrom

Coordinator, Global Womens Studies / Associate Professor, Spanish & Portuguese

3148 JFSB


Curriculum Vitae


Office hours
TTH 9:30-10:30 am 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. Dr. Hegstrom’s research focuses on the recovery of literary works by Early Modern women who wrote in Spanish and Portuguese. She recently completed a translation of Maria do Céu’s allegory Enganos do bosque, desenganos do rio, based on the edition by Cristina Cowley. Her current projects include an edition and translation of poems, stories, a play, and letters by Maria do Céu, and, in collaboration with Vanda Anastácio, a translation of the coded letters that the Marquise de Alorna wrote (sometimes in invisible ink) to her father in prison. In 2017, Dr. Hegstrom was named an “Honors Super Hero” by the BYU Honors program and an honorary inductee by the Beta Ypsilon chapter of Phi Lambda Beta “for years of service and research in disseminating Luso-Brazilian culture and history.” She also gave invited lectures on “Translating Maria do Céu” at the Universidade de Lisboa and the Universidade do Porto and collaborated on a keynote presentation on “The Transformational Power of Mentoring” at an undergraduate Spanish research conference at Buena Vista University. She serves as the coordinator of the BYU Women’s Studies Program and faculty advisor to the Women’s Studies honor society.

Recent Publications

El muerto disimulado / Presumed Dead, by Ângela de Azevedo. Edition by Valerie Hegstrom. Translation by Catherine Larson. Critical Introduction and Notes by Valerie Hegstrom and Catherine Larson. Aris & Phillips Hispanic Classics. Liverpool University Press, forthcoming 2017.

“‘La décima musa portuguesa’ and Her Soledades de Buçaco: Gendered Landscape Poetry Dedicated to the Nuns of Santo Alberto.” Calíope: Journal of the Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry 22.2 (2017): forthcoming.

“Mentoring Spanish Theater Performance and Service Learning: The BYU Spanish Golden Age Theater Project’s Production of Guillén de Castro’s El Narciso en su opinión.” Co-authored with Dale J. Pratt. Religious and Secular Theater in Golden Age Spain: Essays in Honor of Donald T. Dietz. Ed. Susan Paun de García and Donald Larson. Iberica series. New York: Peter Lang, forthcoming in 2017.

Mujeres y criados: Lope’s Recovered Comedy at Chamizal.” [Performance Review.] Bulletin of the Comediantes 69.1 (2017): 181-85.

Four Centuries of Good Government: A Story about the Modern Age,” by Nilo María Fabra. Translation, Introduction, and Notes by Valerie Hegstrom. Hélice: Reflexiones críticas sobre ficción especulativa 3.8 (2017): 73-83.

“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 GivensSeventeenth-Century News 70.1-2 (2012): 65-68.

Fall semester 2017 Courses

Span 345: “Iberian Civilization” — 8:00-9:15 TTH
WS 392R: Women’s Studies Colloquium — 12:00-12:50 TH
WS 492: Women’s Studies Capstone — 3:00-4:50 TH


“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