Margot Versteeg holds two MA’s, in Translation Studies and in Spanish Literature, from the University of Amsterdam and received her Ph.D. from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Her area of specialization is contemporary peninsular cultural studies, focusing mainly on the 19th and early 20th century. Her book De fusiladores y morcilleros. El discurso cómico del género chico (1870-1910) was published by Rodopi in 2000. Her most recent book, Jornaleros de la pluma. Hacia la (re)definición del papel del escritor-periodista en la revista Madríd Cómico, is forthcoming with Iberoamericana/Vervuert.
Her scholarly articles have appeared in, among others, Diálogos hispánicos, Foro Hispánico, Gestos, Excavatio, España Contemporánea, New Comparison, Bulletin of Spanish Studies, Hispania, and Journal of Iberian and Latinamerican Studies. She also authored several book chapters, most recently in Au natural: Rereading Hispanic Naturalism, edited by J. P. Spicer-Escalante and Lara Anderson.
Currently, she is working on two projects: a book on the theater of Emilia Pardo Bazán, and a study of representations of female performers in 19th and early 20th century Spain. Versteeg has received a Grotius research fellowship from the University of Amsterdam. Recently she was awarded a Cramer Award for excellence in research.
In 2009 she developed, with María García Otero, a summer course for European Studies that took a group of students along the Camino de Santiago in Spain. In 2008 she co-directed KU’s summer program in Puebla, Mexico, and in 2007 and 2010 she directed KU’s Summer Language Institute in Barcelona.