Frederick Luis Aldama

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Frederick Luis Aldama is Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English and University Distinguished Scholar at The Ohio State University, United States. In the departments of English as well as Spanish & Portuguese he teaches courses on Latino/a, Mexican, and Latin American post-colonial literature, film, and comics, as well as narrative theory and cognitive science approaches to culture. He is also affiliate faculty of the Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Brain Imaging. He is the author,co-author, and editor of twenty-four books. He is founder and director of the White House Hispanic Bright Spot awarded LASER/Latino and Latin American Space for Enrichment Research *LASER website. He is founder and co-director of Humanities & Cognitive Sciences High School Summer Institute] at The Ohio State University. He has been honored with the 2016 American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education Inc.’s Outstanding Latino/a Faculty in Higher Education: Research/Teaching in Higher Education award


Aldama was born in Mexico City to a Guatemalan/Irish American mother from Los Angeles and a Mexican father from Mexico City. When he was a child, his mother moved the family to California. He received his undergraduate degree summa cum laude in English from the University of California, Berkeley in 1992 [1] and obtained his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1999.

Aldama uses narrative theory and cognitive science in his teaching and scholarship on Latino and Latin American post-colonial literature, art, music, film and comic books. His books include, for instance: Postethnic Narrative Criticism, Brown on Brown, the Modern Language Association-award winning Dancing With Ghosts: A Critical Biography of Arturo Islas, Why the Humanities Matter: A Common Sense Approach (2008), A User's Guide to Postcolonial and Latino Borderland Fiction, Analyzing World Fiction (2011), Routledge Concise History of Latino/a Literature (2012),Formal Matters in Contemporary Latino Poetry, Mex-Ciné: Mexican Filmmaking, Production, and Consumption in the Twenty-first Century, Latinos in Narrative Media: Participation and Portrayal, ¡Muy Pop! Conversations on Latino Popular Culture,¡Muy Pop! Conversations on Latino Popular Culture co-authored with Ilan Stavans, Latinos in the End Zone: Conversations on the Brown Color Line in the NFL co-authored with Christopher González, Conversations on Cognitive Cultural Studies: Literature, Language, Aesthetics co-authored with Patrick Colm Hogan. The Cinema of Robert Rodriguez, Critical Approaches to he Films of Robert Rodriguez, and Latino Literature in the Classroom.

He edits several book series, including the Contemporary Latino & Latin American Profiles [2] with the Pittsburgh University Press [3] and Latino Pop Culture with Palgrave. [4] He also co-edits several book series including Cognitive Approaches to Literature and Culture with Patrick Colm Hogan for the University of Nebraska Press, the World Comics and Graphic Nonfiction with Christopher González for the University of Texas Press, and Global Latin/o Studies [5] with Lourdes Torres for the University of Nebraska Press.

He sits on the executive council of the International Society for the Study of Narrative [6] and on the editorial boards for journals such as Narrative [7] and the Journal of Narrative Theory [8], and is a member of the standing board for the Oxford Bibliographies in Latino Studies [9].

Aldama's articles, reviews, and interviews have appeared in such journals as Aztlán, College Literature, Poets & Writers, World Literature Today, Cross Cultural Poetics, Lit: Literature Interpretation Theory, Lucero, Comparative Literature, The Callaloo Journal, Nepantla, Journal of Interdisciplinary Literary Analysis, American Literature, Latin American Research Review, Modern Fiction Studies, Modern Drama, SubStance, Style, ImageTexT and Journal of the West, among others. Interviews have appeared in PBS, Fox News Latino, CNN, VOXXI, among others.

Aldama's Spanish language editorial "Historias Sin Fin" appears monthly in El Sol de Ohio


Several additional books are scheduled to appear in 2015-2016, including Latino Comic Book Storytelling: An Odyssey by Interview, The Aesthetics of Discomfort (co-authored with Herbert Lindenberger) with the University of Michigan Press, Laughing Matters: Conversations on Humor (co-authored with Ilan Stavans) as well as Graphic Borders: Latino Comic Books Past, Present, and Future (co-edited with Christopher González) for the University of Texas Press and a coedited encyclopedia on world comics for ABC-CLIO.