Louie Dean Valencia
Research and Teaching Interests
Early and Late Modern Europe; Spain; popular culture and countercultures; queer and youth history; fascism; anarchism and antifascism; digital archival excavation; visual and digital culture; urban space; HIV/AIDS; historical memory; pedagogy, website development and design; digital methods
Dr. Louie Dean Valencia is an Associate Professor of Digital History at Texas State. He earned 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.
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 and the music and visual art of the era.
Dr. Valencia's 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, 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 far-right publishers known for radicalizing young people into far-right ideologies.
Currently, 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 continues researching far-right youth culture online
At Texas State, Dr. Valencia is Events Coordinator of the Center for Texas Public History 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. 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, EuropeNow, 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 and grants from the United States Library of Congress, the Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory, 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 digital projects and campaigns for GOOP by Gwyneth Paltrow, Pepsi, Lifewater, 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 Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, 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, Teen Vogue, L’essentiel, Cosmopolitan, Paper, Grazia, Hunger, Nylon, Complex, VICE, 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, the 1975, Lana del Rey, Guitarricadelafuente, Patti Smith, Caravan Palace, Ratatat, or Phoenix.
Dr. Valencia is currently accepting undergraduate and graduate students interested in assisting with his current research projects as part of an independent study for course credit, an Honors capstone project, or on a volunteer basis.
- Antiauthoritarian Youth Culture in Francoist Spain: Clashing with Fascism, Bloomsbury Academic, May 2018.
- Far-Right Revisionism and the End of History: Alt/Histories, edited volume, forthcoming from Routledge 2019.
- “Imagining, Thinking, and Teaching Europe” in EuropeNow (2020).
- “Sex, Drugs, and the City: European Communities against HIV/AIDS,” In progress.
- “Harry Styles and the Cult of Celebrity,” In progress.
Select Journal Articles
“Images and Ethics in Social Media Research.” Nicole Taylor, Louie Dean Valencia, Alejandro Allen. Forthcoming.
“Pluralism at the Twilight of Franco’s Spain: Antifascist Practice and Methodologies.” Article in Fascism: Journal of Comparative Fascist Studies. Brill, 2020.
“Locating Dictatorship in the Anthropocene: Historiographic Trends in the History of Science and Technology and the Study of European Authoritarianism.” State-of-the-field essay in Contemporary European History, Cambridge University Press, 2018.
“Tintin in the Movida Madrileña: Gender and Sexuality in the Madrid Comic Book Zine Scene.” Article in European Comic Art, Berghahn Press, December 2018.
- “The Rise of the European Far-Right in the Internet Age.” Article in EuropeNow, Council for European Studies at Columbia University, February 2018.
Select Book Chapters
- “MMMBop: From Analogue to Digital, Oklahoma to the Internet.” In One-Track Mind, edited by Simon Reynolds and Asif Siddiqi. New York: Palgrave, 2022
- “Empire and Civil Rights in Franco’s Spain.” In volume, edited by Scott Eastman, Vicente Sanz Rozalén, Stephen Jacobson. New York City: Berghahn, 2021.
- "From Western Civilization to Critical European Studies.” In European Studies: Past, Present and Future, edited by Erik Jones, New York: Agenda Publishing/Columbia University Press, 2020.
- “An Impulsive Teenager from the Future: Virtual Realities, Memory, and Imagining the Digital Future at the Turn of the Millennium.” In The Ages of the Flash: Essays on the Fastest Man Alive, edited by Joseph J. Darowski. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2019.
- “Reinventing a Carnivalesque Public Sphere: (Re)imagining and (Re)drawing Madrid in the Long 1970s.” Commissioned chapter in The Punk Aesthetic in Comics, edited by Christopher Field, et al. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2019.
- “A League of Orphans and Single Parents: Making a Family in an Era of ‘Father Knows Best.’” In The Ages of the Justice League: Essays on America’s Greatest Superheroes in Changing Times, edited by Joseph J. Darowski. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, March 2017.
- “Truth, Justice and the American Way in Franco’s Spain.” In The Ages of Superman: Essays on the Man of Steel in Changing Times, edited by Joseph J. Darowski. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2012.
Select Public History Articles
- “How The El Paso Terrorist’s Manifesto Echoes Trump’s Rhetoric,” published in Rantt Media (Washington DC: Centre for the Analysis of the Radical Right), August 2019.
- “The ups and downs and clashes of Western civilization,” published in Open Democracy. (London: Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right), July 2019.
- “Trump and the Global Resurgence of Fascism,” published in Rantt Media (Washington DC: Centre for the Analysis of the Radical Right), August 2019.
- “Jim Carrey, Mussolini and the Politics of Comics,” published in Open Democracy. (London: Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right), April 2019.
- “Locating the Radical Right in an Age of Radical Climate Change,” published in CARR Insights. (London: Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right), March 2019.
- “The Ethics of Consuming Fascism,” published in Fair Observer. (London: Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right, February 2019. United Nations Foundation Sponsored publication.
- “Spain First: The Return of the Falange,” published in CARR Insights. (London: Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right), December 2018.
- “Vox and the Return of the Radical Right in Spain,” published in CARR Insights. (London: Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right), December 2018.
- “In Remembrance of Kristallnacht,” published in EuropeNow (New York: Council for European Studies at Columbia University). November 2018.
- “Is He a Fascist? The Election of Jair Bolsonaro,” published in CARR Insights. (London: Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right), October 2018.
- Digital History (HIST 5375N)
- European Fascisms and Historical Memory (HIST 5318F)
- The Practice of Public History (HIST 5371)
- Europe since 1919 (HIST 3311)
- Harry Styles and the Cult of Celebrity: Identity, the Internet, and European Pop Culture (Honors 3399Q)
- History of Early Modern Spain from 1492 to 1808 (HIST 3332)
- History of Modern Spain from 1808 to Present (HIST 3333)
- Humanities II: The Spanish Civil War (HON 2309H)
- International Studies Senior Capstone (IS 4380)
- Myths of Western Civilization: Decolonizing and Queering European History (HON 3399F)
- Podcasting History: Marking Marginalized Voices Heard (4318Z)
- Queer Youth History (HIST 4318W)
- University Seminar (US 1100 [Honors])
- Western Civilization, 1715 to Date (HIST 2320)
Education and Membership
Ph.D. in Early and Late Modern European History, Fordham University
M.A. in Early and Late Modern European History, Fordham University
B.A.I.S. in European Studies, Texas State University
B.A. in Spanish, Texas State University
American Historical Association, the Council for European Studies, Association of Spanish and Portuguese Historical Association, International Bande Dessinée Society, and the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender History (life member).