Faculty Profile for Dr. Louie Dean Valencia
Biography and EducationDr. Louie Dean Valencia is an Associate Professor of Digital History at Texas State. He holds a Ph.D. in Early and Late Modern European History from Fordham University and is interested in countercultures and how they affect society at large, particularly through the cultural production of avant-garde, popular, queer, and youth cultures. At Texas State, Dr. Valencia is Event Coordinator of the Center for Public History at Texas State University and Faculty-In-Residence for the Honors College. He has taught at Harvard University and been an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the Museum of the City of New York.
His first book, Antiauthoritarian Youth Culture in Francoist Spain: Clashing with Fascism (Bloomsbury Academic 2018), was a finalist for Council for European Studies 2018-2020 book award. That book tells the story of the ‘Movida Madrileña’, a countercultural new wave scene that subverted Spain’s fascist culture and contributed to the country’s successful democratic transition—immortalized in the films of director Pedro Almodóvar.
His second book, an edited volume, Far-Right Revisionism and the End of History: Alt/Histories (Routledge 2020), elucidates how the far right uses and abuses history to legitimate fascist ideologies. As editor of the book, he brought together a variety of scholars interested in history, neuroscience, law, sociology, activism, and beyond. In the book, he proposes a theoretical framework to understand “Alt-History”—or the ways in which white nationalists misconstrue the past so that to legitimate fascist ideologies. He focuses on “Generation Identity” and a far-right publisher known for radicalizing young people into far-right ideologies.
Dr. Valencia’s current research focuses on HIV/AIDS in Europe through the lenses of urban studies, healthcare policy, community organizing, technological innovation and information distribution, and scientific research. He is also completing a book on masculinity, online fandoms, and British musician Harry Styles. He will be the General Editor of a forthcoming six-volume series, A Cultural History of Countercultures (Bloomsbury Academic), spanning from antiquity to the digital age.
He has co-edited a special feature for the Council for European Studies at Columbia University’s online journal, EuropeNow, titled “Imagining, Thinking, and Teaching Europe” (2020). His articles have been published in the journals Fascism, European Comic Art, Contemporary European History, amongst others, and in numerous edited volumes. He is a member of the Scientific and Editorial Committee for the Revista Internacional de Estudios sobre Terrorismo and the Archivo de la Frontera.
Dr. Valencia has held fellowships from the United States Library of Congress and the Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory. He has received grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, the Center for European Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, and Santander Universities. At the Museum of the City of New York, he has curated exhibitions on swing dance in Harlem and the photography of Carl Van Vechten, and his work is featured in the permanent exhibition, New York at Its Core. He has served as a director for the Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute at Princeton University, a fully-funded seven-week program that invites high-achieving, rising high school seniors from across the United States from lower-socioeconomic backgrounds applying to selective universities. He has also worked as a digital strategy analyst on major projects for GOOP by Gwyneth Paltrow, Pepsi, Ann Taylor/LOFT, Patrón Tequila, amongst others.
Dr. Valencia’s work is known internationally, and has been covered by NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered, BBC, CNN, MSNBC, The Guardian, El Periódico, The New York Times, The Times, The Independent, the Evening Standard, the Telegraph, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Elle, Jezebel, GQ, Vanity Fair, NME, Billboard, Rolling Stone, American Song Writer, Dazed, Glamour, Teen Vogue, L’essentiel, Cosmopolitan, Paper, Grazia, Nylon, Complex, VICE, Digg, Bustle, Crave, Gay Times, Gay.IT, amongst hundreds of other local and international media outlets.
In addition to having his course, Harry Styles and the Cult of Celebrity, ranked in Seventeen’s list of “Coolest Classes You Won’t Believe Actually Exist,” Dr. Valencia has won numerous awards for his teaching and scholarship at the college and university level.
Dr. Valencia can usually be found reading, browsing a comic book shop, writing, or chatting at a café, curating his record collection, digging through archives, or planning his next trip. He is most likely listening to Harry Styles, Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepsen, Shawn Mendes, Lana del Rey, Guitarricadelafuente, Patti Smith, MGMT, Caravan Palace, Ratatat, or Phoenix.
Teaching InterestsDigital history;
Research InterestsEarly and Late Modern Europe;
Democracy and the Public Sphere;
Gender, Sexuality, and Queer Studies;
Selected Scholarly/Creative Work
- Valencia, L. D. (2020). “Tintin in the Movida Madrileña: Race and Gender in the Madrid Comic Book Zine Scene.” In A. Magnussen (Ed.), Spanish Comics: Historical and Cultural Perspectives. Berghahn Press. https://doi.org/10.3167/eca.2018.110202
- Valencia, L. D., & Ducros, H. (Eds.). (2020). Imagining, Thinking, and Teaching Europe. EuropeNow. New York City, NY, United States of America: Council for European Studies. Retrieved from https://www.europenowjournal.org/2020/06/02/imagining-thinking-and-teaching-europe/
- Valencia, L. D. (2020). Far-Right Revisionism and the End of History: Alt/Histories. London, United Kingdom: Routledge. Retrieved from https://www.routledge.com/Far-Right-Revisionism-and-the-End-of-History-Alt-Histories-1st-Edition/Valencia-Garcia/p/book/9780367460082
- Valencia, L. D. (2018). Antiauthoritarian Youth Culture in Francoist Spain: Clashing with Fascism. London, United Kingdom: Bloomsbury Academic. Retrieved from https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/antiauthoritarian-youth-culture-in-francoist-spain-9781350038479/
- Valencia, L. D. (2018). “The Rise of the European Far-Right in the Internet Age.” EuropeNow. Retrieved from https://www.europenowjournal.org/2018/01/31/the-rise-of-the-european-far-right-in-the-internet-age/
- Award / Honor Recipient: Presidential Distinction Award for Teaching, Texas State University. 2021
- Award / Honor Recipient: Presidential Distinction Award for Scholarly/Creative Activity, Texas State University. 2020
- Award / Honor Recipient: Stephany Goodbread Faculty Advisor, Texas State Honors College. April 26, 2022
- Award / Honor Recipient: Golden Apple Award for Teaching, Texas State University College of Liberal Arts. 2021
- Award / Honor Recipient: Alpha Chi Favorite Professor Award, Alpha Chi. 2020
- Ashford-Hanserd, Shetay Nicole (Principal), Sarmiento, Eric Ryan (Co-Principal), Rayburn, Steven W (Co-Principal), Myles, Colleen Crystal (Co-Principal), Davio, Rebecca Lynn (Supporting), Fox, Rebekah L (Supporting), Guajardo, Miguel (Supporting), Valencia, Louie Dean (Supporting), Valle, Rosina Ruiz (Supporting). #ReclaimDunbar: A community needs assessment for the Dunbar arts, cultural and innovation district, Multidisciplinary Team Formation (MTI) Grant, Texas State University, Texas State University, $1000. (Funded: July 1, 2018 - December 31, 2019). Grant.
- Valencia, Louie Dean. Acción Cultural Española Cultural Programming Grant. (Funded: 2013). Grant.
- Valencia, Louie Dean. Center for European Studies Faculty Research Grant, University of Texas at Austin, Federal, $1000. (Funded: 2018). Grant.
- Valencia, Louie Dean. Research Aide Funding, Harvard University. (Funded: 2017). Grant.
- Valencia, Louie Dean. Research Aide Funding, Harvard University. (Funded: 2016). Grant.
Selected Service Activities
Centre for Analysis of Radical Right
October 26, 2018-Present
European History Committee
Public History Committee
August 25, 2017-Present
Scientific and Editorial Committee Member
Archivo de la Frontera (Centro Europeo para la Difusión de las Ciencias Sociales)
Critical European Studies Research Network (Council for European Studies at Columbia University)
June 2019-July 2021