Frederick Luis Aldama

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Frederick Luis Aldama
Born (1969-03-06) March 6, 1969 (age 50)
Mexico City, Mexico
OccupationArts & Humanities Distinguished Professor, Author
AwardsEisner Award (2018)
Academic background
Alma materPhD, Stanford University (1999), BA, University of California, Berkeley (1992),
Academic work
Disciplinefiction, non-fiction, film studies, pop culture, comics
Notable worksLong Story Cut Short (2017), Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics (2018)

Frederick Luis Aldama is the Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English and University Distinguished Scholar at The Ohio State University,[1] United States. In the departments of English as well as Spanish & Portuguese, he teaches courses on and Latino & Latin American cultural phenomena, including literature, film, TV, music, sports, video games, and comic books.[2] He is also an affiliate faculty of the Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Brain Imaging.[3] He is the author, co-author, and editor of thirty six books, including the 2018 International Latino Book Award[4] and Eisner Award[5] winning Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics.[6] He is the founder and director of the Obama White House Hispanic Bright Spot[7] awarded LASER (Latinx Space for Enrichment Research).[8] In 2016, Aldama received the Ohio Education Summit Award for Founding & Directing LASER.[9] He is founder and co-director of Humanities & Cognitive Sciences High School Summer Institute at The Ohio State University.[10] He has been honored with the 2016 American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education's Outstanding Latino/a Faculty Award. Aldama is creator and curator of Planetary Republic of Comics[11]—a platform for accessible scholarly knowledge about comic books and graphic nonfiction from around the world.[12]


Aldama was born in Mexico City to a Guatemalan/Irish American mother from Los Angeles and a Mexican father from Mexico City. When he was a child, his mother moved the family to California. He received his undergraduate degree summa cum laude in English from the University of California, Berkeley in 1992 and obtained his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1999.[13]

Academic work and interests[edit]

Aldama uses narrative theory, cognitive science, and insights from Latinx & Latin American critical cultural theory in his teaching and scholarship on Latino & Latin American cultural phenomena: literature, art, music, film, TV, sports, video games, and comic books. He edits several book series, including the Contemporary Latinx & Latin American Profiles[14] series with the University of Pittsburgh Press, the Global Media & Race series and Critical Graphics series with Rutgers University Press.[14] He co-edits Latinx Pop Culture[15] for the University of Arizona Press, the Cognitive Approaches to Literature and Culture and Studies for the Ohio State University Press as well as the World Comics and Graphic Nonfiction for the University of Texas Press.[15] He also edits the Latinographix trade graphic and comic books series that showcase graphic novels, memoir, nonfiction, and more by Latinx writers and artists, including Tales from la Vida: A Latinx Comics Anthology. He is author of the forthcoming sci-fi graphic novel, 2041 and two children's book, With Papá[16][17] and The Adventures of Charlie the Chupacabra. Aldama's fiction and graphic fiction has been published in Santa Clara Review and Pacific Review, as well as in book form with Long Stories Cut Short: Fictions from the Borderlands (2017). And, he is creator of the first documentary on the history of Latinx superheroes in mainstream comics.[18] He is co-founder and director of SÕL-CON: Brown & Black Comics Expo,[19] the nation's only collegiate comic book expo that focuses on the work of Black and Latinx artists, writers, editors, inkers, pencillers, filmmakers and authors. He sits on the executive council of the International Society for the Study of Narrative and on the editorial boards for journals such as Narrative, "INKS: The Journal of Comics Society", and The Journal of Narrative Theory. He is a member of the standing board for the Oxford Bibliographies in Latino Studies.

Aldama's articles, reviews, and interviews have appeared in such journals as Aztlán, College Literature, Poets & Writers, World Literature Today, Cross Cultural Poetics, Lit: Literature Interpretation Theory, Lucero, Comparative Literature, The Callaloo Journal, Nepantla, Journal of Interdisciplinary Literary Analysis, American Literature, Latin American Research Review, Modern Fiction Studies, Modern Drama, SubStance, Style, ImageTexT, Latino Studies Projections: The Journal of Movies and Mind, Alter/nativas: revista de estudios culturales latinoamericanos, Symplokē, Narrative, Interdisciplinary Literary Studies, Style, ELN, and Journal of the West. Interviews with Aldama have appeared in ABC News,[20] PBS, Fox News Latino,[21] CNN, VOXXI, MSNBC;[22] Telemundo; Washington Post, [23] Channel 10 news.[24]

Aldama's Spanish language editorial "Historias Sin Fin" appears monthly in El Sol de Ohio.

In 2017, Aldama published his first book of fiction, Long Stories Cut Short: Fictions from the Borderlands.[25] Aldama's current fiction has been praised by Pasatiempo as "pitched perfect for depicting marginalized lives.[26]

Selected Awards[edit]

Books Published[edit]

  • Postethnic Narrative Criticism[38](University of Texas Press, 2003)
  • Arturo Islas: The Uncollected Works[39] (Arte Público Press, 2003)
  • Dancing With Ghosts: A Critical Biography of Arturo Islas.[40] Winner of the MLA Prize in United States Latina and Latino and Chicana and Chicano Literary and Cultural Studies[41](University of California Press, 2004)
  • Brown on Brown: Chicano/a Representations of Gender, Sexuality and Ethnicity[42] (University of Texas Press, 2005)
  • Critical Mappings of Arturo Islas's Narrative Fictions[43] (Bilingual Press], 2005)
  • Spilling the Beans in Chicanolandia: Conversations with Artists and Writers[44] (University of Texas Press, 2006)
  • Why the Humanities Matter: A Common Sense Approach[45] (University of Texas Press, 2008)
  • Your Brain On Latino Comics: From Gus Arriola to Los Bros Hernandez"[46] (University of Texas Press, 2008)
  • A User's Guide to Postcolonial and Latino Borderland Fiction [47](University of Texas Press, 2009)
  • Multicultural Comics: From Zap to Blue Beetle[48] (University of Texas Press, 2010)
  • Toward a Cognitive Theory of Narrative Acts[49] (University of Texas Press, 2010)
  • Analyzing World Fiction: New Horizons in Narrative Theory[50] (University of Texas Press, 2011)
  • The Routledge Concise History of Latino/a Literature [51](Routledge, 2012)
  • Formal Matters in Contemporary Latino Poetry[52] (Palgrave, 2013)
  • Mex-Ciné: Mexican Filmmaking, Production, and Consumption in the Twenty-first Century[53] (University of Michigan Press, 2013)
  • Latinos and Narrative Media: Participation and Portrayal[54] (Palgrave, 2013)
  • ¡Muy Pop! Conversations on Latino Popular Culture. Co-authored with Ilan Stavans[55] (University of Michigan, 2013)
  • Latinos in the End Zone: Conversations on the Brown Color Line in the NFL. Co-authored with Christopher González[56] (Palgrave, 2013)
  • Conversations on Cognitive Cultural Studies: Literature, Language, Aesthetics. Co-authored with Patrick Colm Hogan[57] (Ohio State U Press, 2014)
  • The Cinema of Robert Rodriguez[58]. (University of Texas Press, 2014)
  • Critical Approaches to the Films of Robert Rodriguez.[59] (University of Texas Press, 2015)
  • Latino Literature in the Classroom: 21st Century Approaches to Teaching[60] (Routledge, 2015)
  • The Aesthetics of Discomfort. Co-authored with Herbert Lindenberger.[61](University of Michigan Press, 2016).
  • Laughing Matters: Conversations on Humor. Co-authored with Ilan Stavans.[62](San Diego State University Press,2016)
  • Graphic Borders: Latino Comic Books Past, Present, and Future. Co-edited with Christopher González.[63] (University of Texas Press, 2016)
  • The Routledge Companion to Latina/o Popular Culture[64]. (Routledge, 2016)
  • Latinx Comic Book Storytelling: An Odyssey by Interview.[65] San Diego State University Press, 2016
  • Long Stories Cut Short: Fictions from the Borderlands. English & Spanish. Fiction.Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2017[66]
  • Latinx Superhero in the Mainstream.[67] Eisner Award Winner: Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2017
  • Tales from la Vida: A Latinx Comics Anthology (Latinographix).[68] Editor: Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2018
  • Latinx Studies: The Key Concepts. Co-authored with Christopher González. (Routledge, 2018)[69]
  • Comics Studies Here and Now Editor. (Routledge, 2018)[70]
  • The Routledge Companion to Gender, Sex and Pop Culture in Latin America. Editor (Routledge, 2018)[71]
  • Latino/a Children and Young Adult Writers on the Art of Storytelling. (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018)[72]
  • The Oxford Handbook of Comic Book Studies (Oxford University Press, 2019).[73]
  • Talking #browntv: Latinas and Latinos on Screen (OSU Press, 2019).[74]


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  44. ^ 1969-, Aldama, Frederick Luis, (2006). Spilling the beans in Chicanolandia : conversations with writers and artists (1st ed.). Austin: University of Texas Press. ISBN 0292795939. OCLC 69199653.
  45. ^ 1969-, Aldama, Frederick Luis, (2008). Why the humanities matter : a commonsense approach (1st ed.). Austin: University of Texas Press. ISBN 9780292717985. OCLC 179786739.
  46. ^ 1969-, Aldama, Frederick Luis, (2009). Your brain on Latino comics : from Gus Arriola to Los Bros Hernandez (1st ed.). Austin: University of Texas Press. ISBN 9780292795211. OCLC 429911628.
  47. ^ 1969-, Aldama, Frederick Luis, (2009). A user's guide to postcolonial and Latino borderland fiction (1st ed.). Austin: University of Texas Press. ISBN 9780292719682. OCLC 288932889.
  48. ^ Multicultural comics : from Zap to Blue Beetle. Austin: University Of Texas Press. 2011. ISBN 0292737432. OCLC 773258062.
  49. ^ Toward a cognitive theory of narrative acts. Aldama, Frederick Luis, 1969- (1st ed.). Austin: University of Texas Press. 2010. ISBN 9780292721579. OCLC 471787942.
  50. ^ Analyzing world fiction : new horizons in narrative theory. Aldama, Frederick Luis, 1969- (1st paperback ed.). Austin: University of Texas Press. 2012. ISBN 9780292747647. OCLC 829884734.
  51. ^ 1969-, Aldama, Frederick Luis, (2013). The Routledge concise history of Latino/a literature. New York: Routledge. ISBN 9780415667876. OCLC 779258509.
  52. ^ 1969-, Aldama, Frederick Luis,. Formal matters in contemporary Latino poetry. New York. ISBN 9780230391635. OCLC 829739896.
  53. ^ 1969-, Aldama, Frederick Luis, (2013). Mex-Cine : Mexican filmmaking, production, and consumption in the twenty-first century. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. ISBN 9780472029129. OCLC 844924402.
  54. ^ Latinos and narrative media : participation and portrayal. Aldama, Frederick Luis, 1969- (First ed.). New York. ISBN 9781137366450. OCLC 845085678.
  55. ^ Ilan., Stavans,. ¡Muy Pop! : conversations on Latino popular culture. Aldama, Frederick Luis, 1969-. Ann Arbor, Michigan. ISBN 9780472029440. OCLC 874149423.
  56. ^ 1969-, Aldama, Frederick Luis,. Latinos in the end zone : conversations on the brown color line in the NFL. González, Christopher, (First ed.). New York, NY. ISBN 113740308X. OCLC 860395198.
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  60. ^ Latino/a literature in the classroom : twenty-first century approaches to teaching. Aldama, Frederick Luis, 1969-. London. ISBN 9780415724203. OCLC 852219289.
  61. ^ 1969-, Aldama, Frederick Luis,. Aesthetics of discomfort : conversations on disquieting art. Lindenberger, Herbert, 1929-. Ann Arbor, Michigan. ISBN 9780472073009. OCLC 930257206.
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  63. ^ Graphic borders : Latino comic books past, present, and future. Aldama, Frederick Luis, 1969-, González, Christopher, (First ed.). Austin. ISBN 9781477309148. OCLC 920966195.
  64. ^ The Routledge companion to Latina/o popular culture. Aldama, Frederick Luis, 1969-. New York. ISBN 9781317268192. OCLC 931226946.
  65. ^ 1969-, Aldama, Frederick Luis,. Latinx comic book storytelling : an odyssey by interview. Padilla, Ricardo,, Fernández l'Hoeste, Héctor D., 1962-, González, Christopher, (First ed.). San Diego, CA. ISBN 1938537920. OCLC 973339575.
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  74. ^ Talking #browntv: Latinas and Latinos on the Screen. ISBN 0814255590.