Dr. Stapell's research and writing focus on the political and cultural history of Spain since its transition to democracy in 1975. He has published articles on national and regional identity in the ‘New Europe’ and on Spanish culture. He is also the author of the book entitled Remaking Madrid: Culture, Politics, and Identity after Franco. Professor Stapell is currently working on a new project about Americanization in Spain after WWII.
▪ Remaking Madrid: Culture, Politics, and Identity after Franco. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
Remaking Madrid is the first full-length study of Madrid’s transformation from the dreary home of the Franco dictatorship into a modern and vibrant city. It argues that this remarkable transformation in the 1980s helped secure Spain’s fragile transition to democracy and that the transformation itself was primarily a product of “regionalism”–even though the capital is typically associated with “Spanishness” and with “the nation.” The official project to distance Madrid from its dictatorial past included urban renewal and administrative reform; but, above all, it involved greater cultural participation, which led the revival of the capital’s public festivals and the development of a modern cultural outpouring known as the movida madrileña. The book also explains the ultimate failure of regionalism in the capital by the end of the 1980s and asks whether or not Madrid’s inclusive form of “civic” identity might have served as a model for the country as a whole.
▪ "From Physical Culture to the Primal Life: Evolutionary Health Movements in Historical Context." In Evolutionary Studies: Darwin’s Roadmap to the Curriculum, edited by Glenn Geher, David Sloan Wilson, Rose Chang, and Hadassah Head. Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming in 2017.
▪ “The Same in Name, But Different: the movida madrileña and the other ‘movidas’ of Spain.” In Back to the Future: Towards a Cultural Archive of the Movida, edited by William J. Nichols and H. Rosi Song. Lanham, Maryland: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2013.
Peer-reviewed Journal Articles:
▪ "Beyond Cultural Imperialism: Rethinking Americanization, National Identity, and “Difference” in Post-Franco Spain," Bulletin for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies 41, no.1 (2016): Article 5.
▪ "Going Mainstream or Just a Passing Fad? The Future of the Ancestral Health Movement." Journal of Evolution and Health 1, no. 1 (2016): Article 11.
▪ “Modern Cavemen? Stereotypes and Reality of the Ancestral Health Movement.” Co-authored with David B. Schwartz. Journal of Evolution and Health, 1, no. 1 (2013): Article 3.
▪ “’Do You Feel More Madrileño or Español?’: Making the Case for Regionalism in the Capital, 1979-1990.” Bulletin for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies 35, no. 1 (2011): Article 1.
▪ “Walking the Walk to Teach the Talk: Implementing Ancestral Lifestyle Strategies as the Newest Tool in Evolutionary Studies.” Co-authored with: Steven Platek, Glenn Geher, Leslie Heywood, J. Ryan Porter & Tia Walters. Evolution: Education and Outreach 4, no. 1 (2011): 41-51.
▪ “Just a Teardrop in the Rain? The movida madrileña and Democratic Identity Formation in the Capital, 1979-1986.” Bulletin of Spanish Studies 86, no. 3 (2009): 345-369.
▪ “Reconsidering Spanish Nationalism, Regionalism, and the Center-Periphery Model in the Post-Francoist Period, 1975-1992.” International Journal of Iberian Studies 20, no. 3 (2007): 171-185.
Invited Articles, Chapters, and Book Reviews:
▪ “Bienvenido, Walt Disney?: Rethinking Americanization, Anti-Americanism, and Cultural Imperialism in Post-Franco Spain.” In North America and Spain: Transversal Perspectives, edited by Julio Cañero. New York: Escribana Books, 2017.
▪ Review of Madrid’s Forgotten Avant-Garde: Between Essentialism and Modernity by Silvina Schammah Gesser. In European History Quarterly, 46, no. 4 (2016): 742-743.
▪ Review of Barcelona and Madrid Social Networks of the Avant-Garde by Aránzazu Ascunce Arenas. In European History Quarterly, 43, no. 3 (2013): 742-473.
▪ Review of Crossing through Chueca. Lesbian Literary Culture in Queer Madrid by Jill Robbins. In Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 90, no. 2 (2013): 283-284.
▪ Review of Spain since 1939 by Stanley Black. In European History Quarterly 42, no. 4 (October 2012): 680-681.
▪ "Spain's Election Is Set to Worsen the Crisis in Europe." Foreign Affairs. November 17, 2011.
▪ Review of Más es más. Sociedad y cultura en la España democrática, 1986-2008 by Jordi Gracia and Domingo Ródenas de Moya, eds. In Bulletin of Spanish Studies 88, no. 2 (2011): 305-306.
Works In Progress
▪ “Bienvenido, Mickey Mouse!?: Hopes for a Magic Kingdom in Post-Franco Spain” Peer-reviewed article in progress.
▪ "Knowledge and Acceptance of Evolutionary Medicine in the Field of Nutrition and Dietetics." Co-authored with: Anthony J. Basile, David B. Schwartz, and Joseph Rigdon. Peer-reviewed article in progress.