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Julien J. Simon, PhD

Associate Professor of Spanish & French
World Languages & Cultures Department
Whitewater Hall, room 271
Richmond, IN 47374
(765) 973-8622


  • PhD. Spanish. Purdue University. Dec 2006.
    • Dissertation: “A Neurocognitive Study of Literary Genres: The Case of the novela dialogada
  • MA. Spanish. Purdue University. May 2000.
  • MS. Materials Science Engineering. University of Grenoble, France. 1998.

Current Research Interests

Cognitive Literary Studies, Early Modern Spanish Literature, Hispanic Studies, Literary Genres, Film Studies.

Professionsal Activities

  • Member of the Executive Committee for the Modern Languages Association “Cognitive Approaches to Literature” Discussion Group. 2010-2014. (Chair in 2013)
  • Member of the Center for Cognitive Literary Studies, Purdue University, 2008-present.
  • Co-founder and current member of the working group “Literary Theory, Cognition, and the Brain,” Whitney Humanities Center, Yale University. <http://www.yale.edu/whc/working.html>

Recent Publications

  • “The Intersection of Mind and Don Quixote: Overview and Prospects.” Don Quixote: Study of a Modern Hero. Eds. James Paar and Matthew Warshawsky. Newark: Juan de la Cuesta. (Forthcoming 2013)
  • Guest-editor with Barbara Simerka and Howard Mancing of “Cognitive Cervantes: Cervantes and Cognitive Literary Studies,” a special cluster of essays for Cervantes (the journal of the Cervantes Society of America). (Spring 2012)
  • Co-editor with Isabel Jaén of Cognitive Literary Studies. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press. (June 2012)
  • Co-author with Isabel Jaén of Chapter “Current Themes and New Directions in Cognitive Literary Studies.” In Cognitive Literary Studies.

Selected Presentations

  • “The Portrayal of Characters in Don Quixote: Situating its Modernity in a Cognitive-historical Context.” MLA Annual Convention. Seattle, WA. January 2012.
  • “Celestina as Puppeteer of Her Own Mind.” MLA Annual Convention. Seattle, WA. January 2012.
  • “Empathy, Identity, and Ethics in the Narrative of the Dominican Diaspora.” 2011 International Conference on Narrative. Washington University in St. Louis, St Louis, MO. April 2011.
  • “Building the Myth of Lope: Socio-ideological Aspects of Lope de Vega on Film.” Cine-Lit VII: An International Conference on Hispanic Film and Fiction. Oregon State University and Portland State University, Portland, OR. February 2011.
  • “Beyond Aesthetics: The Cognitive Effects of Narratives.” 2010 International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature and Media Conference. Universiteit Utrecht, Netherlands. July 2010.
  • “Celestina’s Theory of Mind: The Psychologization of Literary Characters in Renaissance Spain.” Whitney Humanities Center, Yale University, New Haven, CT. April 2009.
  • “The Rise of Modern Literary Discourse: Celestina, Heteroglossia, and Theory of Mind.” Theory of Mind and Literature Conference. Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. November 2007.
  • “Bringing Schema Theory and Prototype Theory Together: Toward a More Inclusive Understanding of Literary Genres.” Literature and the Cognitive Sciences Conference. University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. April 2006.

Selected Fellowships, Grants & Awards

  • Member of Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching. Indiana University, IN. 2012 - 2013.
  • Indiana Campus Compact Faculty Fellow. Indiana Campus Compact. Indianapolis, IN. 2007-2008.
  • Recipient of Trustees Teaching Award. Indiana University East, Richmond, IN. 2007.
  • Summer Faculty Fellowship. Indiana University East, Richmond, IN. 2007, 2008, & 2012.
  • Faculty Support Research Fund. Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. 2007 & 2012.


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