Board Members

Héctor Calderón

hector calderonProfessor Héctor Calderón is a specialist in Spanish American, Mexican, and Chicano literature and cultures. He began his career in Spanish American literature and early modern Spain. His Conciencia y lenguaje en El Quijote y El obsceno pájaro de la noche (Pliegos 1987) examines two classic novels within their respective modern and postmodern contexts. However, Calderón is most widely known for his contributions to Chicano literary studies. He is one the field’s leading figures. His co-edited anthology Criticism in the Borderlands (Duke 1991) is considered one of the founding works in the field. His most recent book is Narratives of Greater Mexico: Essays on Chicano Literary History, Genre, and Borders (Texas 2005). Calderón’s numerous publications have concentrated on border studies and the North American Mexican cultural diaspora. His current research projects include Mexican literature, film, and rock and Mexican American fiction of Los Angeles. He is currently completing a book on Mexico, “America Mexicana: The Mexican Cultural Diaspora of North America.” At UCLA, Professor Calderon was founding Chair of the César E. Chávez Center (1994). He has also served as Director of the University of California, Education Abroad Program’s Mexico Study Center (2004-2008) and founding Executive Director of la Casa de la Universidad de California en México, A.C. (2006-2008). Prior to coming to UCLA in 1991, Calderón was Professor at Scripps College (1989-1991) and Associate Professor at Yale University (1983-1989).  

Susan Foote

Susan FooteSusan Foote was born in San Diego, California and studied Spanish at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She received her doctorate and master’s degrees from the Universidad de Concepción, Chile where she teaches English Literature in the Foreign Language Department. She also teaches courses in the Magíster en Literaturas Hispánicas and in the Doctorado en Literatura Latinoamericana at the same university. She has led many workshops and talks on poetry in English and has published several articles relating to her workshops. She is interested in the teaching of literature in English in Chile and the therapeutic effects of group literary discussions. Her interests include 20th century American poetry and Postcolonial literature in English as well as Mapuche testimony and poetry. Her book Pascual Coña, historias de sobrevivientes, la voz en la letra y la letra en la voz was published by the Universidad de Concepción Press, November 2012. 

Carlos González Vergara 

Carlos GonzálezGrammatician, professor and researcher at the Departamento de Ciencias del Lenguaje de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Santiago, Chile). His research includes Spanish Grammar, specifically the description of morphosyntactic properties of Spanish in Chile. He and Ricardo Mairal (UNED) and Lilián Guerrero (UNAM), are the editors of El funcionalismo en la teoría lingüística: La Gramática del Papel y la Referencia (Akal, 2012). He is the Director of Onomázein, a journal of Linguistic Philology and Translation and Head of the Masters in Linguistics at PUC. In July, 2011 he was named member of the Chilean Academy of Language in Santiago.

Francisco Lomelí 

profesorOLD2Distinguished Professor in Chicana/o Studies and Spanish & Portuguese, Professor Francisco Lomelí has been faculty at UC Santa Barbara since 1978 as part of a joint appointment between the Spanish & Portuguese and Chicana/o Studies Departments. He has published extensively on Latin American literature and culture (Mexican, Chilean, Argentine, Central American, including theory on the novel and translation) and Chicano literature and culture (literary history, Colonial New Mexico, theory on the novel, numerous reference books, journals and translations, and has recovered works prior to 1965). Some of his publications include: La novelística de Carlos Droguett, Chicano Studies: A Multidisciplinary Approach, Chicano Literature: A Reference Guide (co-eds. G.García & I.Ortiz), Dictionary of Literary Biography (3 volumes; co-ed. C. Shirley), Handbook of Hispanic Cultures and Literatures: Literature and Art, Barrio on the Edge (trans.), Defying the Inquisition in Colonial New Mexico (co-author C. Colahan), The Writings of Eusebio Chacón (co-author G. Meléndez), The Chicano Literary Imagination (co-eds. J. Cañero & J. Elices), Routledge Handbook of Chicana/o Studies (forthcoming; co-eds. D.Segura & E.Benjamin-Labarthe), co-director of the journal Ventana Abierta (co-director S.Poot-Herrera), and a special journal issue (Greece, forthcoming; co-eds. S.Emmanioulidou & J.Oliva). Prof. Lomelí has published 35 books and over 120 articles in journals and special collections from throughout the world in addition to being elected to the Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española (2016). 

Alejandra Ortiz Salamovich 

board3 Full-time lecturer at the Facultad de Filosofía y Humanidades of the Universidad de Chile. She teaches English literature modules in the Licenciatura en Lengua y Literatura Inglesas. She holds an MA in Medieval English Literature and a PhD, both from the University of Leeds (United Kingdom). Her PhD thesis, "Translation Practice in Early Modern Europe: Spanish Chivalric Romance in England", dealt with the English translation of sixteenth-century Spanish chivalric romance, focusing on Margaret Tyler’s The Mirror of Princely Deeds and Knighthood (c. 1578) and Anthony Munday’s Palmerin D’Oliva (1588) and Amadis de Gaule (1590-1619). She was a part-time lecturer at the Facultad de Letras of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile from 2008 until 2010 and also in 2015, teaching modules in the areas of classical, medieval, and children’s literature.

Mike Wilson  

board5 Mike Wilson, PhD, is an academic of Facultad de Letras UC and author of the novels El púgil (2008), Zombie (2009), Rockabilly (2011) and Leñador (2013). His last novel, Leñador, obtained el Premio de la Crítica 2014 y el premio del Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes 2014. He was also editor the of an essays collection called Where Is My Mind? Cognición, literatura y cine (2012).

María Inés Zaldívar  

board2OLDPhD in Literature, professor, essayist and poet. She is an academic in the Department of Literature at the Faculty of Letters, PUC (Santiago, Chile). She is the author of the following books Reiterándome, o la elevación frente a la negación (1994), La mirada erótica, (1998), co-author of 100 Años de Cultura Chilena (2006), and Bibliografía y antología crítica de las vanguardias literarias CHILE (2009). She also co-authored Lengua Castellana y Comunicación for primary and secondary education in Chile and other texts on literature and literary criticism. Her poetic works include Artes y oficios (1996), Ojos que no ven (2001), Naranjas de medianoche (2006, finalist for the Critic’s Award 2007), Década (2009), Luna en Capricornio (2010, nominated for the Altazor Award 2011) and Bruma (2012).