Regina M. Ponciano holds a BA in Modern Languages and Literatures (2014), a BA in English Language in Literature (2015), and an MA in Advanced English Studies (2016), all three obtained at the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain). Regina’s English bachelor’s and master’s dissertations—both focused on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories—have been awarded the qualification of “matrícula de honor”—the highest distinction within the Spanish education system. Currently, Regina is completing a doctoral degree at the USC under the supervision of Dr. Jorge Sacido-Romero and Dr. Laura Lojo-Rodríguez with the financial support of the Autonomous Government of Galicia. Her research reassesses the place of Oscar Wilde’s short fiction in academic circles and asks how Wilde’s approach to the genre constructs a narrative and ethical third space in which the reader is invited to reassess received ideas about masculinities. Regina’s research interests comprise late Victorian (popular) literature, the intersection between gender and genre, and the narrative function of liminal spaces and places.
Regina’s interest in the intersection between space, gender, and literature has led to a research stay at the ‘Space, Place, and Identity’ research group at NUI Galway (Ireland) under the supervision of Prof. Bill Richardson and a funded research stay at Lancaster University (UK) under the supervision of Dr. Amit Thakkar and Dr. Brian Baker.
Regina obtained one of the annual awards granted to junior investigators by AEDEAN, the Spanish Association for Anglo-American Studies. As a result, she consulted the Conan Doyle collections at the British Library (London, UK) and the Portsmouth Library (Portsmouth, UK) to work on a paper on the dichotomy between Conan Doyle’s private and public discourse, delivered at the II International Conference Discourse & Identity (June 2017).
Alongside her research, Regina has continuously developed her pedagogical skills. During her bachelor’s studies, Regina taught at two private language academies, organized language exchange events for Erasmus Student Network, and set up English and French language programs at an NGO in Morocco. After her master’s, Regina won a position as Teaching Assistant of Spanish as a Foreign Language at the National University of Ireland Galway (2016-2017) where she taught undergraduate, postgraduate, and evening courses. For the last few years, Regina has been organizing productivity workshops for fellow PhD as well as bachelor’s students at the Faculty of Philology of the USC.