Esther Claudio

A photo of Esther Claudio


  • M.A. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures, University of California, Los Angeles (2017)
  • M.A. in English, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, (2009)


Esther Claudio is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at University of California, Los Angeles. Her dissertation, “Spanish Graphic Narrative: Memory as Transitional Justice” explores how comics, as an expanding field of artistic expression, spearhead debates of memory, gender, ethnicity, nationhood and identity in the process for the recovery of memory in Spain. She co-edited a volume on comics scholarship entitled On the Edge of the Panel: Essays on Comics Criticism (2015) and she is part of three editorial boards, one for literature and two that look at comic books. Thanks to the Collegium of University Teaching Fellowship, she has had the rare opportunity to design and teach her own research for an upper-division course in Political Violence in Comics: Memory, Testimony, and Justice, where she discusses contemporary comics from the U.S., Latin America, Iran and Spain with special attention to gender, ethnicity and social justice. Thanks to the Mellon-EPIC fellowship and the Urban Humanities Initiative, Esther has collaborated with local associations outside academia in digital and spatial justice projects. She has been invited as a guest speaker to several academic conferences and events in the U.S. and abroad, and her research interests include visual culture, memory studies, critical race theory, urban studies, migration studies and gender studies.

Publications and Presentations


  • On the Edge of the Panel: Essays on Comics Criticism, Esther Claudio and Julio Cañero editors.  Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015 (330 pages.) 978-1443877879


  • “Leer la ciudad: composiciones laberínticas y gestálticas en el cómic actual” en José Manuel Trabado (ed.). Lenguajes gráfico-narrativos, León, Universidad de León, Eolas ediciones, 2022, pp.107-132.
  • “¿Tu Guerra o mi lucha? Una aproximación de género a la memoria histórica en los cómics españoles.” en Isabelle Touton, Jesús Alonso, Anne-Claire Sanz-Gavillon, Claudia Jareño (eds.) Trazos de memoria, trozos de historia. Cómic y franquismo. Madrid, Marmotilla, 2021

Panel Organizer

  • “Graphic Narrative in Spanish: Memory as Transitional Justice”, Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Washington DC, January 6, 2022
  • “Spotlight Panel: Paco Roca with Gilbert Hernández, Esther Claudio and Gary Groth” San Diego Comic-Con, San Diego, July 20, 2019.

Invited Talks

  • “Graphic Labyrinths: A Cartography of Emotions in Experimental Graphic Novels” at World Building: The Stories We Tell. IDEAS, University of California, Los Angeles, March 3, 2019.

Teaching experience

  • Reenmarcar el conflicto: políticas de identidad y violencia estructural en el comic [Reframing conflict: identity politics and structural violence in comics]. Instructor of record, Universidad de Valencia, 2021.
  • SPAN 347: History and Culture of Spain. Pepperdine University. Adjunct Professor. 2021.
  • SPAN 98T: Political Violence in Comics: Memory, Testimony and Justice. University of California, Los Angeles, 2022.
  • SPAN 120: History of Literature. University of California, Los Angeles, 2017.