Miguel López

    Associate Professor, Spanish and Portuguese

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Photo: Miguel  López

Dr. Miguel López received an appointment in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at The University of New Mexico in 1998. He offers a wide variety of courses for undergraduate and graduate students, with topics addressing representations of border culture, Indigenismo, emergent topics related to neoliberalism, and representations of dictatorship in art, among others. His research interests and areas of specialization include Mexican and Chicano literature, 20th- and 21st- century Latin American literature and cultural studies, and border studies violence and culture. He is the author of Utopian Dreams, Apocalyptic Nightmares: Globalization in Recent Mexican and Chicano Narrative (Purdue University Press, 2008). 


  • PhD in Hispanic Languages and Literatures, University of California, Berkeley (1998)
  • MA in Spanish, San Francisco State University (1992)
  • BA in Spanish, San Francisco State University (1990)

Research Areas

  • 20th and 21st Century Latin American Literature
  • Border Studies
  • Globalization
  • Mexican and Chicano Literature
  • Violence and Historical Trauma

Country Specialization(s)

  • Mexico
  • US-Mexico Border

Latin American Studies Courses

*Latin America-related courses offered during the past three years*

  • SPAN 438 Mexican Literature
  • SPAN 639 Seminar: Indigenismo
  • SPAN 307 Intro Hispanic Literature
  • SPAN 439 T: Neoliberal Lit & Film Mexico
  • SPAN 639 Seminar: Mex Rev and Neoliberalism
  • SPAN 601 Literary Theory
  • SPAN 307 Intro Hispanic Literature