Research Associate in Hispanic Studies

Holly Sims takes an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and researching the cultural production of medieval and early modern Spain. She studies works of prose and poetry from the 13th, 14th, and 15th centuries as textual memorials in conjunction with architectural monuments that were built by noble families to affect their standing in social networks. Her interest in representations of memory also includes the legacies of Jews, Christians, and Muslims in the Iberian Peninsula, as well as the influences and perceptions of the Middle Ages in contemporary Spain.

Professor Sims is the author of “Family Matters: Textual Memory and the Politics of Loss in Gómez Manrique’s Consolatorias,” published in Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 95.3 (2018) and “El ‘yo’ de Juan Ruiz: Autobiografía y estructura narrativa en el Libro de buen amor,” published in eHumanista 29 (2015). She received her PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2019. At UNC Chapel Hill and Bowdoin College, she has taught lower, intermediate, and upper division Spanish language, literature, culture, and professions-oriented courses. 


  • PhD, University of North Carolina
  • MA, Middlebury College
  • BA, Davidson College