Professor of Spanish, Director of Spanish Literature
Professor Britt regularly teaches courses on modernity, the historical avant-gardes, and the dictatorships of post-imperial Spain and post-colonial Latin America. He earned his B.A. in Spanish at Colgate University and his Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures at Princeton University. He is the author of Quixotism: The Denial of Spain’s Loss of Empire (2005); Imperial Idiocy: A Reflection on Forced Displacement in the Americas (2017), and, with Eduardo Subirats and Paul Fenn, Enlightenment in an Age of Destruction: Intellectuals, World Disorder, and the Politics of Empire (2018). Additionally, he is the author of numerous essays that study how intellectuals participated in the formation of national and pan-national identities in Spain and Latin America. He is currently working on a new book project, tentatively titled “Modern translatio imperii,” which aims to study the various roles that intellectuals played in the transfer of imperial power from Spain to the United States at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines.