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Oswaldo Estrada

Oswaldo Estrada

Editor of Hispanófila

Director, Faculty Fellows Program, Institute for the Arts and Humanities

Dey Hall 324
Not currently accepting graduate students.


Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 2004

MA, University of California, Davis, 2001

BA, University of California, Davis, 1999

About Professor Estrada

Oswaldo Estrada’s research focuses on otherness, coloniality, gender studies, and the representation of violence. He is the author and editor of several books of literary and cultural criticism, including the award winning Troubled Memories: Iconic Mexican Women and the Traps of Representation (2019 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title).

Professor Estrada has earned very prestigious university-wide teaching awards: the Distinguished Post-Baccalaureate Teaching and Mentoring Award in 2012, the Chapman Family Distinguished Teaching Award in 2015, and the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council Teaching and Mentoring Award in 2019. For five years, he served as editor of Romance Notes, a journal founded in our department in 1959, and he is currently editor of Hispanófila, published in our department since 1968. In 2015, he founded the book series, “Palabras de América” (Valencia: Albatros), focused on contemporary literary criticism.

As a fiction writer, Professor Estrada has won several awards. In 2020, he won the International Latino and Latin American Book Fair Prize for Las locas ilusiones y otros relatos de migración (Axiara, 2020). In 2020, he also received an award for one of his short stories from the University of Guadalajara Press, and two major awards from the 2020 International Latino Book Awards for his collection of short stories, Luces de emergencia (Valparaíso USA, 2019, 2020), and for his edited volume, Incurables: relatos de dolencias y males (Ars Communis, 2020). In 2022, his book Las guerras perdidas received a Gold Medal for "Best Collection of Short Stories in Spanish" from the International Latino Book Awards.

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Publications, Articles, & Presentations

Special Journal Issues

El Perú en el nuevo milenio. Reflexiones y propuestas en torno al Bicentenario, with Carlos Villacorta. Special Issue. Hispanófila, 192, 2021

Género y sexualidad en la literatura mexicana del siglo XXI, Special Dossier for iMex: México Interdisciplinario / Interdisciplinary Mexico, 13, 2018

Cristina Rivera Garza: fronteras abiertas y colindancias de género. Special Dossier for Letras Femeninas, 42.2, 2017

El Quijote: senderos y destinos, with Sara Poot Herrera, Special Dossier for Romance Notes, 56.1, 2016

México: Sin Fronteras / Without Borders, Special Dossier for Revista de Literatura Mexicana Contemporánea, 53, 2012

Nueva Narrativa Latinoamericana / New Latin American Narrative, Special Monographic Issue of Cuaderno Internacional de Estudios Humanísticos, 14, 2010

The Survival of Literature in the Age of Globalization, 50th Anniversary Issue of Romance Notes, 50.1, 2010

Transgresiones en el tintero: nuevos narradores mexicanos, Special Monographic Issue of Explicación de Textos Literarios, 36.1-2, 2008


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Awards & Honors

International Latino Book Awards, 2020, 2022

Campoy-Ada Prize, The North American Academy of the Spanish Language, 2021

International Latino and Latin American Book Fair Prize, 2020

Carolina Women's Leadership Council Teaching and Mentoring Award, 2019

University Research Council Award, 2016

LASA Honorary Mention for Best Article in the Humanities, Mexico Section, 2015

Chapman Family Distinguished Teaching Award, 2015

Academic Excellence Award, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, 2014

Faculty Mentoring Award, Department of Romance Languages, 2014

Frank Porter Graham Honorary Member, 2013

Distinguished Post-Baccalaureate Teaching and Mentoring Award, 2012


Vinodh Venkatesh, “Masculine Textualities: Gender and Neoliberalism in Contemporary Latin America,” 2011 (Virginia Tech).

Esther Sánchez-Couto, “Representaciones del silencio en la narrativa femenina de España y México (1990-2012),” 2013 (University of North Texas)

Anca Koczkas, “Cartografía del deseo: transgresiones sexuales y género en la literatura latinoamericana contemporánea,” 2015 (University of West Georgia)

Francisco Brignole, “Nuevos rumbos en la novela del exilio latinoamericano de la postdictadura (1990-2014),” 2015 (University of North Carolina Wilmington)

Wesley Costa de Moraes, “Animalidades literarias en la ciudad latinoamericana del siglo XXI,” 2018 (SUNY Geneseo)

Alejandra Márquez, “Disidencias de deseo femenino en representaciones literarias y culturales del México contemporáneo (1989-2015),” 2018 (Michigan State University)

Adrienne Erazo, “Identity in Trauma: Central American Migration in Contemporary Latin(x) American Literature”, 2019 (Appalachian State University)

Etna Avalos, “Intersections of Gender and Disability in the Contemporary Latin American Novel (2000-2015)”, 2019 (MacEwan University)

Francisco Y. Chen-López, “Mapping Chinese Diaspora: Chinatowns in Contemporary Latin American Literature (1963-2016).” (Spelman College)

Sarah Booker, “Mobile Embodiments: Tracing Translation in Contemporary Latin American Narrative.” (North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics)

Andrés Porras Chaves, “El imperio en disputa: diálogos entre crónica, novela y cine en la España postcrisis (2008-2020), (IE University, Madrid)

Typical Courses

ROML 55H: Writing with an Accent: Latina/o Literature

SPAN 301: Introduction to Literary and Cultural Analysis

SPAN 344: Latin@ American Cultural Topics

SPAN 394: Creative Writing in Spanish

SPAN 709: Nonfiction Prose of the 16th and 17th Centuries

SPAN 741: The Essay and Short Story

SPAN 747: The Contemporary Spanish American Novel

SPAN 835: Seminar in Spanish American Literature