Sandra Rellier

Ph.D. candidate, Hispanic & Lusophone Literatures and Culture
University of Minnesota

Sandra Rellier is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Hispanic & Lusophone Literatures and culture at the University of Minnesota. She also received a Master’s degree from the University of Minnesota. Her work focuses on recovering the memories of the French and Spanish pied-noirs and the Portuguese retornados, who were forced to leave the African colonies after independence. In her dissertation project, she shows that there is a discernible discourse of memory among European ‘returnees,’ which goes beyond national boundaries and creates a “Returnee Diaspora.”