Dr Lauren Rea is Senior Lecturer in Latin American Studies in the School of Languages and Cultures at the University of Sheffield. Her research interests centre on cultural history and popular and mass culture in Latin America with a particular focus on Argentina.
Lauren’s PhD thesis (King’s College London, 2009) focussed on narratives of nation-building in Argentine radionovelas. Her book, Argentine Serialised Radio Drama in the Infamous Decade, 1930-1943: Transmitting Nationhoodwas published by Ashgate in 2013.
In October 2016 Lauren was awarded an AHRC Early Career Leadership Fellowship for the Billiken Centenary Project (grant number AH/N010078/1). Her work has received additional support from the University of Sheffield Arts Enterprise and the ESRC’s Festival of Social Science. Research Assistance provided by Dr Stacey Dunlea, Regina Solis and Norma Raimondo supported the project at different stages.
Lauren is currently working on an academic monograph about the history of Billiken magazine. She has acted as historical consultant for Editorial Atlántida, helping to shape the narrative around the legacy of the magazine. As part of her collaborative work with the publishing house, she curated the first bilingual edition of the Biblioteca Billiken book series, Horacio Quiroga’s Cuentos de la selva/Jungle Tales (published 2019). She is a co-author of Billiken’s commemorative centenary publication 100 Grandes Mujeres Latinoamericanas [100 Great Latin American Women], an illustrated children’s book which was inspired by the Billiken Centenary Project’s research findings. Lauren co-coordinated this publishing project with Billiken’s director, Euhen Matarozzo, together leading an international team of creative industries professionals.