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Alejandro Herrero-OlaizolaChair, Department of Spanish and PortuguesePaul & Phyllis Fireman Professor of Spanish


Alejandro Herrero-Olaizola completed his PhD in Spanish at the University of Southern California (1994). He arrived at Emory University in January 2024 from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he taught Spanish and Latin American Studies and holds the title of Arthur F. Thurnau Professor Emeritus. His research examines the dynamic interplay between market forces and the production and distribution of contemporary literature and culture across Spanish-speaking countries.  He is the author of The Censorship Files: Latin American Writers and Franco’s Spain (2007), Commodifying Violence in Literature and On Screen: The Colombian Condition (2022), and has co-authored Teaching the Latin American Boom (2015) and Territories of Conflict: Traversing Colombia Through Cultural Studies (2017). He recently completed a six-year term as Editor-in-Chief of Revista de Estudios Colombianos (2018-2024). His research has received recognition and funding from the National Endowment for Humanities (NEH), American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), and Fulbright Foundation.