Mercedes is responsible for the Library’s collections printed in the Americas after 1850.
She has a degree in Philology from the Universidad de Sevilla and a MA in Issues in Modern Culture from University College London, where she also completed her PhD in English Literature. In the academic year 2008-2009 she was a visiting postgraduate fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.
Mercedes's research focuses on the relationship between literature and political activism in the 1930s. She is currently working on a monograph on the literature of the Spanish Civil War, which looks at the work of Sylvia Townsend Warner, W.H. Auden, Nancy Cunard, Langston Hughes, Ernest Hemingway, Martha Gellhorn and Pablo Neruda. A second research interest is the history of modernist small presses. She has written about Nancy Cunard’s Hours Press, and her next project will explore the history of another Anglophone press in Paris, Harry and Caresse Crosby’s Black Sun Press.
Since 2017 Mercedes has been Editorial Assistant of The Journal of the Sylvia Townsend Warner Society, published by UCL Press.
She currently co-supervises an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Project with the University of Sussex on the Library’s collection of US political pamphlets from the interwar period.