Rubén Peinado Abarrio is currently teaching Spanish language, translation, and Hispanic culture at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He has also been a teaching assistant and postgraduate student at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA. He graduated in English at the University of Oviedo, Spain, where he also completed his MA and his PhD. His first monograph Learning to be American: Richard Ford’s Frank Bascombe Trilogy and the Construction of a National Identity (2014) was published by PUV. He has also written articles on racial representation and racial formation in the United States: ‘‘Like Refugees in their Own Country:’ Racial Formation in post-Katrina US’, Odisea: Journal of English Studies 13 (2012), 113-127; and the influence of US literature on contemporary Spanish narrative: ‘La narrativa minimalista de Luisa Castro’, Corrientes: Revista nórdica de estudios iberoamericanos 1 (2011), 92-111. He has been a speaker at conferences in Boston, Ohio, London, and Galway. His current research interests include cultural studies –focusing on whiteness and masculinities–, national identities, and contemporary American literature.