Frederick Luis Aldama

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Frederick Luis Aldama
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Aldama at Boise Comic Arts Festival (BCAF) 2020
Born (1969-03-06) March 6, 1969 (age 52)
Mexico City, Mexico
OccupationUniversity 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 an American academic who is a Distinguished University Professor,[1] Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English, and University Distinguished Scholar at The Ohio State University.[2] He teaches courses in the departments of English, Spanish, and Portuguese covering Latino and Latin American cultural phenomena.[3] He is also a member of the Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences.[4] He is the author, co-author, or editor of over forty books, including Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics.[5] He is the founder and director of Latinx Space for Enrichment Research (LASER).[6][7] In 2016, Aldama received the Ohio Education Summit Award for founding and directing LASER.[8] He is the founder and co-director of the Humanities & Cognitive Sciences High School Summer Institute at The Ohio State University.[9] Aldama is the creator and curator of the Planetary Republic of Comics.[10] Beginning July 2021, Aldama will join UT Austin as the Jacob & Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities and launch his Latinx Pop Lab.[11]

Early life and education[edit]

Aldama was born in Mexico City to a Guatemalan- and 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 PhD from Stanford University in 1999.[3]


Aldama uses narrative theory, cognitive science, and insights from Latinx and Latin American critical cultural theory in his teaching and scholarship on Latino and Latin American cultural phenomena: literature, art, music, film, TV, sports, video games, and comic books.

He has edited several book series, including the Latinx and Latin American Profiles series[12] (with the University of Pittsburgh Press) that publishes scholarship on innovative Latinx cultural figures, such as Reading Junot Diaz[13] and Poets, Philosophers, Lovers: On the Writings of Giannina Braschi.[14] He also edits the Global Media & Race[15] and Critical Graphics series (with Rutgers University Press).[16] He co-edits Latinx Pop Culture[17] (for University of Arizona Press), the Cognitive Approaches to Literature and Culture[18] as well as the World Comics and Graphic Nonfiction series (for the University of Texas Press).[19] Aldama edits Latinographix,[20] a comic books series that showcases graphic novels, memoir, and nonfiction by Latinx writers and artists, including Tales from la Vida: A Latinx Comics Anthology and United States of Banana: A Graphic Novel by Giannina Braschi and Joakim Lindengren.

In 2017, Aldama published his first book of fiction, Long Stories Cut Short: Fictions from the Borderlands.[21] His flash fiction style depicts marginalized lives.[22] He is the author of the sci-fi graphic novel 2041 and two children's books, With Papá[23] and The Adventures of Charlie the Chupacabra. He created the documentary film on the history of Latinx superheroes in mainstream comics.[24] He co-founded and directed of SÕL-CON: The Brown, Black, & Indigenous Comics Expo,[25] 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 served on the executive council of the International Society for the Study of Narrative from 2013 to 2015,[26] and the advisory boards for journals such as Narrative,[27] INKS: The Journal of Comics Society,[28] and Journal of Narrative Theory.[29] He is a member of the board for the Oxford Bibliographies in Latino Studies.[30] He is an associate editor of American Book Review.[31]

Essays and interviews[edit]

Aldama's articles, reviews, and interviews have appeared in 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: Latin American Cultural Studies Journal, and Journal of the West. Interviews with Aldama have appeared in ABC News,[32] PBS, Fox News Latino,[33] CNN, VOXXI, MSNBC,[34] Telemundo, The Washington Post,[35] and Channel 10 news.[36]

Selected awards[edit]

  • 2018–2019 Susan M. Hartmann Mentoring and Leadership Award[37]
  • 2018–2019 Rodica C. Botoman Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring[38]
  • 2018 Eisner Award for Best Academic/Scholarly Work for Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics[39]
  • 2018 International Latino Book Award for Best Nonfiction[40]
  • 2017 Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching and inducted into the Academy of Teaching[41]
  • 2016 American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education's Outstanding Latino/a Faculty Award[8]
  • 2016 Ohio Education Summit Award[8]
  • 2015 White House "Hispanic Education Bright Spot" Award for founding and directing LASER[42] 
  • 2014 Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor[2]
  • 2014 University Emerging Community Engagement Award[43]   
  • 2008 University Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award[44]
  • 2004 MLA Award: Outstanding Scholarly Book Chicano/Latino Studies for Dancing with Ghosts: A Critical Biography of Arturo Islas[45]
  • 1999 Ford Foundation Fellowship[46]

Books published[edit]

As author[edit]

As editor[edit]


  1. ^ "LASER Director named Distinguished University Professor". Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Ohio State University.
  2. ^ a b "University Distinguished Scholar Award 2014". University Awards. Ohio State University. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  3. ^ a b "Frederick Luis Aldama". Department of English. Ohio State University.
  4. ^ "Frederick Aldama". Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences. Ohio State University.
  5. ^ "Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics". The University of Arizona Press. University of Arizona. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  6. ^ "Bright Spots in Hispanic Education Fulfilling America's Future". U.S. Department of Education. White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. 2016-08-16. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  7. ^ "LASER Home | LASER". Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Ohio State University. 2018. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  8. ^ a b c "Latino Education Summit 2016". Ohio Latino Affairs Commission. 2016-03-11.
  9. ^ "Humanities & Cognitive Science High School Summer Institute (HumCog)". Ohio State University. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  10. ^ Aldama, Frederick Luis. "Planetary Republic of Comics". Professor LatinX.
  11. ^ "The next phase in the journey: Frederick Aldama". Ohio State University. Retrieved 2021-03-06.
  12. ^ "Latinx and Latin American Profiles". University of Pittsburgh Press. Retrieved 2020-08-27.
  13. ^ "Project MUSE - Reading Junot Diaz". Retrieved 2020-10-09.
  14. ^ ivetteromero (2020-08-17). "Forthcoming—"Poets, Philosophers, Lovers: On the Writings of Giannina Braschi"". Repeating Islands. Retrieved 2020-10-09.
  15. ^ "Series Descriptions". Rutgers University Press. Retrieved 2020-10-09.
  16. ^ "SEARCH RESULTS FOR: "Critical Graphics"". Rutgers University Press. Retrieved 2020-08-27.
  17. ^ "Latinx Pop Culture". The University of Arizona Press. University of Arizona. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  18. ^ "Cognitive Approaches to Culture". Ohio State University Press.
  19. ^ "World Comics and Graphic Nonfiction Series". University of Texas Press.
  20. ^ "Latinographix". Ohio State University Press.
  21. ^ "Long Stories Cut Short". The University of Arizona Press. University of Arizona. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  22. ^ Sanchez, Casey (2016-11-17). ""Long Stories Cut Short: Fictions From the Borderlands" by Frederick Luis Aldama".
  23. ^ "Latinographix: The Ohio State Latinx Comics Series". Ohio State University Press. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  24. ^ "Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics: The Documentary". Professor LatinX. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  25. ^ "SÕL-CON: The Brown and Black Comics Expo". Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Ohio State University. 2018. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  26. ^ "Past Executive Council Members". International Society for the Study of Narrative. Center for New Designs in Learning & Scholarship: Georgetown University.
  27. ^ "Narrative". Ohio State University Press.
  28. ^ Dueben, Alex. ""It's an Ideal Moment": An Interview with Frederick Aldama |". Retrieved 2020-10-09.
  29. ^ "About". Journal of Narrative Theory. Eastern Michigan University.
  30. ^ "Latino Studies: Editorial Board". Oxford Bibliographies. Oxford University Press.
  31. ^ "Editors". American Book Review.
  32. ^ WSYX; WTTE. "Ohio State professor hopes to inspire diversity in comic movies". Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  33. ^ Garcia, Victor (2013-02-22). "DC Comics Unveils Revamped Latino Superhero". Fox News. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  34. ^ "The barriers for Mexican filmmakers in the US". MSNBC. 2016-01-13. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  35. ^ "Can comics unite minority students? Today, Sol-Con founder tests his belief". Washington Post. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  36. ^ "Local professors look at how 'Captain Marvel' movie is changing comic book stereotypes". 10 WBNS. 2019-03-21.
  37. ^ Conkle, Madalynn (2019-03-29). "Aldama Receives Hartmann Mentoring and Leadership Award". Department of English. Ohio State University.
  38. ^ Podalsky, Laura (2019-03-27). "2018–2019 Rodica C. Botoman Award". Department of Spanish and Portuguese at The Ohio State University – via Facebook.
  39. ^ McMillan, Graeme (2018-07-21). "Eisner Awards: The Complete Winners List". The Hollywood Reporter.
  40. ^ "Our 2018 International Latino Book Awards Winners". The University of Arizona Press. University of Arizona. 2018-09-10. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  41. ^ "OSU Arts & Sciences: News & Updates". College of Arts and Sciences. Ohio State University. 2017-04-05.
  42. ^ "ASC Spotlights: Frederick Luis Aldama".
  43. ^ "Emerging Community Engagement Award". Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Ohio State University. 2014-05-06.
  44. ^ "2008 Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award". Recognizing Excellence at Ohio State. Ohio State University.
  45. ^ "MLA Prize in United States Latina and Latino and Chicana and Chicano Literary and Cultural Studies Winners". Modern Language Association. 2004.
  46. ^ "Directory of Ford Foundation Fellows". Ford Foundation Fellowship Program. National Academy of Sciences. Archived from the original on 2019-03-30.
  47. ^ Poets, philosophers, lovers: on the writings of Giannina Braschi. Aldama, Frederick Luis, O'Dwyer, Tess. Pittsburgh, Pa.: Pittsburgh. ISBN 978-0-8229-4618-2. OCLC 1143649021.CS1 maint: others (link)
  48. ^ Braschi, Giannina. United States of Banana: a graphic novel. Lindengren, Joakim, Smith, Amanda M., Sheeran, Amy. Columbus: The Ohio State University Press. ISBN 978-0-8142-5786-9. OCLC 1191708270.