Faculty Profile

Diego Mattos-Vazualdo, PhD

Assistant Professor of Modern Languages: Spanish

PhD in Latin American Cultures and Literatures, The Ohio State University
Licenciatura in Latin American Literature, UMSA, La Paz, Bolivia

I am from La Paz, Bolivia. I joined Saint Michael's College in the fall of 2010 after having spent five years in Columbus, Ohio, studying and teaching at The Ohio State University.

Areas of Expertise:

Latin American Literatures and Cultures; Latin American Cultural Studies, Indigenous and Colonial Cultures of Latin America, Globalization Studies, Theater and Film

Courses I Teach:

  • Beginning and Intermediate Spanish
  • Advanced Grammar and Composition
  • National Culture and Identity in Latin America: Myth and Continuities
  • Latin American Testimonial and Autobiographical Narratives
  • Latin American Poetry: Masters of the Word: Maestros de la palabra
  • Globalization and Latin America
     

Recent Scholarly Work:

“De aluviones, pozos, mutilaciones y parques: la literatura boliviana de la Guerra del Chaco y la poética de la ausencia.” (About Downpours, Wells, Mutilations and Playgrounds: the Bolivian Literature of the Chaco War and the Poetics of Absence). Revista Iberoamericana. (Vol. 82, No 254, 2016)

“Coca y revolución. El papel de la hoja de coca en la constitución de la nación boliviana en la era neoliberal.” (Coca and Revolution: The Role of the Coca Leaf in the Constitution of the Bolivian Nation in the Neoliberal Era) Latin American Research Review. (Vol. 49, No 1, 2014)

“Entre el espacio social, la práctica cotidiana y el taypi: la ciudad de La Paz como espacio de confluencia de lo nacional” (Walking among Social Space, Daily Practice and the taypi: the City of La Paz as a Space of Convergence of the Currents of the Nation). Revista Ciencia y Cultura. Universidad Católica Boliviana. Vol. 17, No. 31, December 2013.

 “Cuerpo, desplazamiento y el espacio de la nación en tres filmes bolivianos.” Bolivian Research Review/Revista de investigaciones sobre Bolivia. Special Issue dedicated to Bolivian Cinema. Ed. Antonio Gomez, Tulane University. Vol. 9, No 2, April 2013. 

“La marcha social y la irrupción del cuerpo indígena en el imaginario social boliviano en la era neoliberal.” (Social March and the Irruption of the Indigenous Body in the Bolivian Social Imaginary in the Neoliberal Era). Revista Latinoamericana sobre cuerpos, emociones y sociedad. No. 7, 2011. 

“La necesidad de afirmar la existencia: nación y descolonización en el cine boliviano en la época neoliberal.” (The Necessity to Affirm Existence: Nation and Decolonization in the Bolivian Cinema during the Neoliberal Era). Bolivian Studies Journal. Ed. Elizabeth Monasterios, University of Pittsburgh. (October-November 2010). 

Recent Creative Work:

La Villa. La Paz: Editorial 3600, 2015. (Novel)
Asterion. Story of an Immigrant. (Theater Play). Premiered in Burlington, Vermont, April 2013.
 

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