Vanesa Rodríguez-Galindo is a historian of visual and material culture. The experience of growing up between Pennsylvania and Spain—an unusual combination of places—sparked her early interest in history and a desire to understand why people, places and cultures evolve the way they do. She studied art history at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and later pursued an MA in Metropolitan History at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, and a PhD in the History of Art at UNED, Madrid. She has been a Junior Research Fellow at the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture, University of Westminster and a visiting scholar at University of Miami and University of Zurich.
Vanesa currently lives in Miami and lectures at Florida International University. She has taught subjects ranging from the history of modern Europe and the formation of urban societies to art theory, museum history, and the uses of material culture.
As a doctoral student, Vanesa helped train a guide dog for ONCE, Spain’s national organization for the blind. As part of its training, the young labrador accompanied Vanesa on her daily activities and gained unforeseen access for a pup to multiple libraries and archives.
Vanesa’s research interests include 19th- and early 20th-century art and visual culture in Spain and Latin America, transatlantic material cultures, transnationalism, urban modernities, and women’s studies. Her first book called Madrid on the Move was published by Manchester University Press and was funded by the Spanish Ministry of Culture and the Association of Print Scholars. She is currently working on a second book project that explores printed images and routes of visual communication between Spain and Latin America.
In addition to her academic research and teaching, Vanesa has experience in the arts and heritage sector, including the Musée d’Orsay, The National Archives Kew, NSU Art Museum, Florida, and Fundación Juan March in Madrid.