Frederick Luis Aldama

Frederick Luis Aldama

Frederick Luis Aldama

Arts & Humanities Distinguished Professor, Department of English; Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese

(510) 367-9112

236 Hagerty Hall
1775 S College Rd
Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Narrative Theory
  • Film Studies
  • Critical Theory
  • Twentieth-Century British and American Literature


  • PhD, Stanford University
  • BA, University of California, Berkeley

Frederick Luis Aldama is Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English and Professor of Spanish and Portuguese. 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.

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 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. 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 coedits the World Comics and Graphic Nonfiction series with the University of Texas Press. He edits theContemporary Latino Writers and Directors series with the Ohio State University 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'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 Fox News Latino.

Several additional books are scheduled to appear in 2014 and 2015, including a single director study of Robert Rodriguez and volume of essays on director Robert Rodriguez for the University of Texas Press, a volume of essays on teaching Latino literature for Routledge, and a coedited volume of essays on Latino comics for OSU Press.