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.
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.
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.