Born in the south of Spain, Carlos Uxo grew up in Madrid, where he completed a Licenciatura (five-year degree) in Spanish and Latin American Literature (Universidad Complutense, 1985-1990). After completing the (then compulsory) military service, Carlos became a Spanish Lector, first at the Correspondence School (Wellington, New Zealand, 1992), and then at La Trobe University (Melbourne, 1993-1996). At La Trobe he completed an MA by research on Spanish writer Carmen Martin Gaite, and, most importantly, he realised he wanted to be an academic.
Carlos then went to Dublin City University (1997-2002), where he rediscovered his passion for all things Cuban, and started a PhD completed back at La Trobe (2002-2013). Thanks to a number of grants, Carlos was able to travel to Havana four times while writing his PhD, which would eventually be published as a monograph. In July 2013 Carlos joined Spanish and Latin American Studies at Monash University.