The Latino Midwest: Interdisciplinary and Transnational Perspectives, Fall 2012

Co-director , The University of Iowa , English and Spanish & Portuguese
Claire F. Fox joined the English Department in 2001. Her teaching and research interests include inter-American cultural studies, Mexican and U.S.-Mexican border arts and culture, visual culture studies, and cultural policy studies. She is the author of The Fence and the River: Culture and Politics at the U.S.-Mexico Border (University of Minnesota Press, 1999), and her essays have appeared in Iris, Discourse, Social Text, Studies in Latin American Popular Culture, and Studies in Twentieth Century Literature. She is currently working on a...
Co-director , The University of Iowa , History
Omar Valerio-Jiménez is an Associate Professor in the History Department. His first book, River of Hope: Forging Identity and Nation in the Rio Grande Borderlands (Duke University Press, forthcoming in February 2013), combines his research interests in the histories of Chicana/os, the American West, and borderlands. The book explores state formation and cultural change along the Mexico-United States border during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He is also a co-editor of Major Problems in Latina/o History (Cengage Learning, forthcoming in January 2013), an anthology...
Co-director , University of Iowa , Spanish & Portuguese
Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at the University of Iowa, specializing in Chicano/a and Mexican literatures and cultures. His current research focuses on cultural production from the US/Mexico borderlands. Aside from his academic work, he is also a writer and has published stories in international literary journals as well as in major anthologies on contemporary literature in the Americas.