Fernando Galván Reula

  • Former President
  • University of Alcalá

FERNANDO GALVAN is Professor of English Literature at the University of Alcalá, Madrid (Spain), where he was Rector/President (2010-2018). He has a distinguished teaching and research career in English fiction, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, literary translation, as well as comparative literary and cultural studies. In 1996-2002 he chaired the Spanish Association for Anglo-American Studies (AEDEAN), and during 2007-2013 he was President of the European Society for the Study of English (ESSE).

He has been awarded honorary doctorates from the University of Glasgow (DLitt, 2012), the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua in León (2012), the National University of Villarrica del Espíritu Santo in Paraguay (2014), San Sebastián University in Chile (2016), the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration in Bucharest, Romania (2017), Caucasus University in Tbilisi, Georgia (2019), and the West University of Timisoara, Romania (2021). He holds other honorary appointments or positions from universities worldwide: Simon Bolivar University, Colombia (2010), the Federal University of the South in Rostov, Russia (2011); the University of La Serena, Chile (2012); and the National University Pedro Henríquez Ureña, Dominican Republic (2016).

He is Corresponding Fellow of The English Association, UK (2003); Honorary Fellow of the National Academy of History and Geography of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) (2016); member of the Order of Bernardo O’Higgins of Chile, in the category of Commander (2013); and honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), awarded in 2018 by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to UK-Spain educational ties.