José Aguirre, coordinator of the remote language and instruction program in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Minnesota, is completing his doctoral studies with a specialization in Iberian and Latin American studies. Additionally, he holds degrees in philosophy and comparative literature from the University of Valladolid. His research interests include transatlantic studies, cinema, and contemporary Iberian and Latin American visual arts, memory studies, as well as urban and rural studies. In particular, he focuses on cultural and institutional policies between Spain and Latin America in the last century. He also explores the intersection of cultural production and political violence, with an emphasis on Spanish film production since the political transition.