Frederick Luis Aldama

Arts & Humanities Distinguished Professor

Frederick Aldama is founder and director of LASER--a mentoring and research hub for Latinos 9th grades through college selected as a 2015 Bright Spot in Hispanic Education by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. He is also founder and co-director of the Humanities & Cognitive Sciences High School Summer Institute. In his research and teaching he uses the tools of narrative theory and cognitive science to enrich understanding of literature, art, music, film, comic books, and video games by and about Latinos. He is the author, co-author, and editor of over 22 books, including

Aldama has published numerous articles, co-edits the series "World Comics and Graphic Nonfiction" (University of Texas Press), “Cognitive Approaches to Culture” (Ohio State University Press), Global Latin/o Studies (Ohio State University Press), and Latinx Pop Culture (University of Arizona Press). He is sole editor of several book series, including “Latino & Latin American Profiles” (University of Pittsburgh Press) and "Latino Pop Culture" (Palgrave).  He sits on the board of journals such as Narrative, the Journal of Narrative TheoryINKS: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society, the “Americas” book series, and the Oxford Bibliographies in Latino Studies.

Areas of Expertise
  • 20th-Century British & American Literature
  • Critical Theory
  • Film Studies
  • Narrative Theory
  • Comic Books
  • Video Games
  • Latino Studies
  • PhD, Stanford University
  • BA, University of California, Berkeley

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