My research focuses on contemporary Latin American writing, its connections with economic phenomena and its impacts on the study of World Literature. I am particularly interested in contemporary Ecuadorian fiction. Currently, I am building a publication record exploring the ways in which minor national literatures of the region can provide alternative understandings of Latin American writing and its global theorisation in the twenty-first century. I am also researching the early literary responses to the Covid-19 crisis in Latin America, especially those involving social media and other communication technologies.


PhD in Latin American Studies, King’s College London                                        2016 – 2020

PhD Thesis: Where are the borders? (Re)Imagining the Nation in Contemporary Ecuadorian literature. Examiners: Prof. Philip Swanson, Hughes Professor of Spanish, University of Sheffield; Prof. Claire Tylor, Gilmour Chair of Spanish, University of Liverpool.

·       Supervised by Dr Elisa Sampson Vera Tudela and Prof. Catherine Boyle.

·       Thesis awarded the 2021 Association of Hispanists of Great Britain & Ireland Annual Publication Prize for Doctoral Students.


MA in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies,                                     2014 – 2015    

King’s College London

MA Dissertation: Los que se quedaron: Visibility of the Tradition in Contemporary Ecuadorian Literature (with distinction).

·       Awarded Marjorie von Schlippenbach MA and Doctoral bursaries by the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies.


BA in Journalism, Universidad Casa Grande (Ecuador)                                         2007 – 2013


Awarded Best Dissertation of the Communication Faculty for research on the impacts of printed media on the audience of visual arts in Guayaquil City. 

Other Publications

  • Medina Cordova, L. ‘The War of the Worlds May Well Start in Latin America: Gabriela Alemán’s Filmmaking Approach of Writing and the Decentring of Global Narratives’, Journal of World Literature, Vol. 6 Issue 3, September 2021, pp. 414-429. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1163/24056480-00603009

  • Medina Cordova, L. ‘Narrating a Global Crisis from Guayaquil in Real-Time: Early Literary Responses to the Covid- 19 Outbreak in Latin America’, Bulletin of Latin America Research, Vol. 39 No. S1, December 2020, pp. 108 – 111, DOI:10.1111/blar.13172

  • Medina Cordova, L. (2020) ‘You’re Studying, not working’. Language Acts and Worldmaking. [Online] Blogpost available athttps://languageacts.org/blog/youre-studying-not-working/

  • Medina Cordova, L. (2018) ‘La BBC en nuestras propias palabras’. Language Acts and Worldmaking. [Online] Blogpost available athttps://languageacts.org/blog/la-bbc-en-nuestras-propias-palabras/

Blog Posts


    Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland (UK)

    Society of Latin American Studies (UK)

    Northeast Modern Language Association (US)

    Latin American Studies Association (US)

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