Frederick Aldama

Frederick Aldama

Frederick Aldama

Professor | English

(510) 367-9112

Hale Hall
154 W. 12th Ave.
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Latinx Pop Culture
  • Film Studies
  • Comic Books


  • Ph.D., Stanford University (1999)
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley (1992)
Frederick Luis Aldama is Arts & Humanities Distinguished Professor of English, University Distinguished Scholar, and University Distinguished Teacher at The Ohio State University. He is also an affiliate faculty of the Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Brain Imaging. He is the award-winning author, co-author, and editor of 36 books. Aldama’s ongoing research program seeks to explore the sui generis artifacts made by the fusion of visual and verbal ingredients, and to determine their aesthetic characteristics. His scholarship seeks to open up and solidify areas of scholarly inquiry in comics studies and Latinx studies—always seeking to understand deeply how we create and actively receive, make our own, then recreate this cultural phenomenon in materially transformative ways.  To this end, he draws together and synthesizes the insights of multiple intellectual disciplines—narrative theory, ethics, aesthetics, and cognitive development—to explore, widen, and deepen concepts and formulations present in all variety of cultural phenomena. He is editor and coeditor of 9 academic press book series, including with OSU Press “Cognitive Approaches to Culture” and Latinographix. He is founder and director of the award winning outreach center at OSU, LASER: Latinx Space for Enrichment & Research. He is founder and co-director of Humanities & Cognitive Sciences High School Summer Institute. You can read more about his work and life here:

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