Dr. Sonia Pérez Villanueva, a scholar from the Basque Country, holds a PhD in Spanish Studies from the University of Birmingham in England. Her research interests are Peninsular Studies (Spain and Portugal), Autobiographical Studies, and Gender Studies, particularly cultural, visual, and media representations of violence against women in Spain.
Her latest research project focuses on the persecution of Crypto-Jewish women in Spain by the Inquisition. She is the founding editor, with Leyla Rouhi and Irene Mizrahi, of ConSecuencias: A Journal of Spanish Criticism.
Sonia is the co-founder and co-chair, with Lisa Fiore and Meenakshi Chhabra, of the Violence against Women Initiative at Lesley University, a platform to give voice to victims and survivors of gender-based violence.