Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez

    Associate Professor and Chair, Spanish and Portuguese

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Dr. Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez received an appointment in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at The University of New Mexico in 2013. He offers undergraduate and graduate level course focused on the construction of diverse “imaginative geographies” in border spaces, narratives about journeys in Chicano/a literature and culture, the role of popular and culture in the US/Mexico borderlands, among other topics. Vaquera-Vásquez’s research interests center on creative writing, Mexican American cultural studies and literature, U.S. Latino literature and culture, border studies, and 20th and 21st century Latin American literature and cultural studies. His academic work on US/Mexico border cultures has been published in journals and anthologies in Mexico and the United States, and presented at international conferences in Turkey, Spain, Colombia, Peru, the United States, Mexico, the Netherlands and Norway. He has authored multiple collections of short stories including: Algún día te cuento las cosas que he visto (2012), Luego el silencio (2014), One Day I’ll Tell You the Things I’ve Seen (2015), and En el Lost y Found (2016). His literary work has been published in anthologies in Spain, Italy, Latin America and the United States. Fellow author Junot Díaz has written that “Santiago Vaquera is literary lightning. He impresses, he illuminates, and when he is at his best you are left shaken, in awe.”


  • PhD in Hispanic Languages and Literatures, University of California, Santa Barbara (1997)
  • MA in Hispanic Languages and Literatures, University of California, Santa Barbara (1992)
  • BA in Spanish/Art Studio, California State University (1989)

Research Areas

  • 20th and 21st Century Latin American Literature and Cultural Studies
  • Border Studies
  • Creative Writing
  • Mexican American Cultural Studies and Literature
  • US Latino Literature and Culture

Latin American Studies Courses

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

  • SPAN 301 Contar Cuentos
  • SPAN 579 Borderlands
  • SPAN 479 Borderlands Popular Culture
  • SPAN 579 Chicana(o) Memoir
  • SPAN 579 Haunted Borderlands