Frederick Luis Aldama
Distinguished University Professor and Director of LASER
236 Hagerty Hall
1775 College Road
Areas of Expertise
- Latino literature, film, TV, music, sports and video games
- Latin American literature, film, comics
- Comic book studies
- Narrative theory
- Cognitive approaches to culture
- Film studies
- PhD, Stanford University, 1999
- BA, University of California, Berkeley, 1992
Frederick Luis Aldama is a Distinguished University Professor, Arts & Humanities Distinguished Professor of English, University Distinguished Scholar, and Alumni Distinguished Teacher at the Ohio State University. He is the 2019 recipient of the Rodica C. Botoman Award for Distinguished Teaching and Mentoring and the Susan M. Hartmann Mentoring and Leadership Award. He is the award-winning author, co-author and editor of 40 books. In 2018, Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics won the International Latino Book Award and the Eisner Award for Best Scholarly Work. He is editor and coeditor of 8 academic press book series as well as editor of Latinographix, a trade-press series that publishes Latinx graphic fiction and nonfiction. He is creator of the first documentary on the history of Latinx superheroes in comics (Amazon Prime) and co-founder and director of SÕL-CON: Brown & Black Comix Expo. He is founder and director of the Obama White House award-winning LASER: Latinx Space for Enrichment & Research, as well as founder and co-director of the Humanities & Cognitive Sciences High School Summer Institute. He has a joint appointment in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese as well as faculty affiliation in the Department of Film Studies and the Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences. His children's book, The Adventures of Chupacabra Charlie will be published in June, 2020.
- Encyclopedia of World Comics. Co-edited with Christopher González. (ABC-CLIO, forthcoming).
- Long Stories Cut Short: Fiction from the Borderlands (University of Arizona Press, Camino del Sol series, 2017.
- Graphic Borders: Latino Comic Books Past, Present, and Future. Co-edited with Christopher González. (University of Texas Press, 2016).
- Laughing Matters: Conversations on Humor. Coauthored with Ilan Stavans. (San Diego State University Press, 2016).
- Latinx Comic Book Storytelling: An Odyssey by Interview. (San Diego State University Press, 2016).