Frederick Aldama

Professor | English

Frederick Luis Aldama is Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English. He teaches Latino/a and Latin American post-colonial literature, film, and comics, as well as narrative theory and cognitive science approaches to culture. He is also founder and director of LASER: Latino and Latin American Space for Enrichment Research, selected as a  2015 Bright Spot in Hispanic Education by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

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. He is the author and editor of nineteen books, including Long Stories Cut Short: Fictions from the Borderlands (University of Arizona Press, 2017); The Routledge Companion to Latino/a Pop Culture (Routledge, 2016); The Cinema of Robert Rodríguez (University of Texas Press, 2014); Latinos and Narrative Media: Participation and Portrayal. Editor. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013); ¡Muy Pop! Conversations on Latino Popular Culture. Co-author. (University of Michigan Press, 2013); Formal Matters in Contemporary Latino Poetry (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013); Mex-Ciné: Mexican Filmmaking, Production, and Consumption in the 21st Century (University of Michigan Press, 2013); The Routledge Concise History of Latino/a Literature (Routledge, 2012); and editor of Analyzing World Fiction: New Horizons in Narrative Theory (University of Texas Press, 2011).

Along with Patrick Colm Hogan and Arturo Aldama, he is the series editor of Cognitive Approaches to Literature and Culture with the University of Texas Press. He sits on the executive council of the International Society for the Study of Narrative and on the editorial boards for journals such as Narrative and the Journal of Narrative Theory, and is a member of the standing board for the Oxford Bibliographies in Latino Studies.

Aldama has published numerous articles, co-edits the series "World Comics and Graphic Nonfiction" (University of Texas Press) as well as “Cognitive Approaches to Literature and Culture” (University of Nebraska Press), Global Latin/o Studies (University of Nebraska Press). He is sole editor of several book series, including “Latino & Latin American Profiles” (University of Pittsburgh Press) and "Latino Pop Culture" (Palgrave).  He sits on the board of journals such as Narrative, theJournal of Narrative Theory, the “Americas” book series, and the Oxford Bibliographies in Latino Studies.

Areas of Expertise
  • Narrative and CriticalTheory
  • Film Studies
  • Comic Books/Video Games
  • Twentieth-Century British and American Literature
  • Ph.D., Stanford University (1999)
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley (1992)

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