Vice-Rector for International Affairs and Cooperation

Isabel Durán Giménez-Rico

Vicerrectora de Relaciones Internacionales y Cooperación


Isabel Durán Giménez-Rico is a professor of American Literature at the Complutense University of Madrid. Since March 2015, she has held the position of President of SAAS (Spanish Association for American Studies).

Dr. Durán’s research and publications on autobiographical studies, female literature and ethnicity includes co-editing an eight-volume series on gender studies and authoring over 60 articles. She is the director of the research team “Estudios de la mujer en el ámbito de los países de habla inglesa" (Women’s Studies in the Anglophone Countries) and has also been principal investigator of several national and international projects, while serving on the editorial board of numerous national and international indexed journals in her field.

She has taught English Studies at undergraduate level and Literary Studies at postgraduate level and was recognised for excellence in teaching by the “Docentia Programme” (teaching performance assessment programme). In addition, she has directed over 15 doctoral theses.

Her international reputation was confirmed upon being elected as a member of the General Council (2008-2011) and the International Committee (2005-2008) of ASA (American Studies Association). She has also served as a researcher at the Real Colegio Complutense, Harvard (2012) and was a Fulbright Scholar on two occasions.

In the field of university administration, Dr. Durán has held the positions of Vice-Dean of Students in the Faculty of Philology (2006-2010) where she was also Director and Registrar of the Department of English II (2013-2015) as well as Coordinator of Humanities Programmes (2009-2011) at Complutense Summer Courses in El Escorial.