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Victoria Driggs

Ph.D. Student

At UNC since 2022
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M.A., Foreign Languages, Cultures, and Literatures (Hispanic Studies), Virginia Tech, 2021

B.A., Foreign Languages (Spanish, Double Degree), Virginia Tech, summa cum laude, Honors Scholar, 2019

B.A., Music (Education), Minor in Psychology, Virginia Tech, summa cum laude, Honors Scholar, 2019

About Victoria

Victoria (Torey) Driggs is a Spanish Ph.D. student at UNC Chapel Hill. She is originally from Arlington, Virginia but moved to Blacksburg, Virginia to pursue two B.A. degrees (Music Education and Spanish) and one M.A. degree (Hispanic Studies) at Virginia Tech. After completing her studies in Blacksburg, she moved to Oviedo, Spain for a year, where she taught English on a Fulbright scholarship, and now is at UNC Chapel Hill teaching Spanish while completing coursework and conducting research. In addition to Oviedo, she has previously completed language and cultural immersion studies in Villa Real (Costa Rica), Madrid (Spain), and Porto (Portugal), and hopes to expand her immersive experiences in Portuguese-speaking countries in the near future.

Torey’s early research merged her love for Hispanic cultures and music. Her M.A. thesis, “El mal querer: Merging Flamenco with a Postmodern Universe,” examined how Spanish artist Rosalía's usage of flamenco in her 2018 album established her within a genealogy of flamenco fusion artists, while her postmodern aural and visual fusion of many distinct artistic and cultural elements that encourage global viewers to create a “universe” of meanings also separated her from the same genealogy. While Torey is still interested in finding intersections between Hispanic Studies and Music studies in her future research, she is also interested in Contemporary Peninsular Culture and Literature, Contemporary Transatlantic Studies, Cinema Studies, Women and Gender Studies, Studies of Space, and 20th-Century Dictatorships and Countercultural Movements.


El mal querer: Merging Flamenco with a Postmodern Universe. M.A. Thesis, Virginia Tech, 2021.


“Marianela, Hajira, and La valla: Tracing the Privileged Space of the Anthropocene from the Industrial Revolution to the 21st Century.” Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference, Furman University, October 2021

“El Santo: Against the Feminist Current.” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, University of Kentucky, April 2021

“Mirageman: A Critical Commentary on Chilean Media and the Human Factor.” Carolina Conference on Romance Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, March 2021 (Rescheduled from original date in 2020 due to COVID-19)

Awards & Honors

Recipient, Druscilla Award, Department of Romance Studies, UNC at Chapel Hill (Fall 2022)

Recipient, Fulbright Scholarship as an English Teaching Assistant in Spain (Fall 2021-Spring 2022)

Recipient, Outstanding Master’s Student in Hispanic Studies, Virginia Tech (Spring 2021)

Recipient, Honors Scholar Diploma (Spring 2019)

Member, The Phi Beta Kappa Society (Inducted Spring 2019)

Member, Sigma Delta Pi, National Spanish Honors Society (Inducted Spring 2019)

Recipient, School of Performing Arts Scholarship in Music, Virginia Tech (Fall 2018-Spring 2019)

Recipient, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Education Abroad Scholarship, Virginia Tech (Spring 2018)

Recipient, Honors College Enrichment Grant, Virginia Tech (Spring 2018)

Member, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (Inducted Fall 2016)

Typical Courses Taught

SPAN 105: Spanish for High Beginners