Carmen Torre Perez

Office Location: 
Williams Hall 536
Office Hours: 
Wednesdays 2-3pm and Fridays 2-3pm
Ph.D. Candidate, Hispanic Studies

Carmen Torre Pérez (Santander, Cantabria) is a fourth-year candidate in Hispanic Studies whose work focuses on the areas of cultural studies and the Caribbean. Before joining UPenn, she received an M. A. in Spanish from the University of Kansas and a B. A. and M. A. in English Studies from the University of Santiago de Compostela.

Carmen’s research deals with underground music cultures in Cuba, where she has conducted extensive field work over the past four years thanks to several generous grants and fellowships. Carmen’s dissertation project, more specifically, is centered around Cuban punk and crisis, and seeks to examine this underground music scene in Cuba as an alternative gateway to the country’s history in the last 30 years.  

Research Interests: 


  •  - Punk culture and music
  • - Cuban studies
  • - Ethnography, oral history, cultural studies
  • - Political activism and politics of the everyday
Courses Taught: 
  • - SPAN 219: Text and Contexts (2019)
  • - SPAN 223: Introduction to Literary Analysis (2018)
  • - SPAN 202: Advanced Spanish (2018)
  • - SPAN 140: Intermediate Spanish II (2017)