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Department of

Ethnic Studies

Alejandro Meter, PhD

Associate Professor, Spanish
Director, Latin American Studies Program

Alejandro Meter, PhD, teaches courses on Latin American literature of the twentieth and twentieth-first centuries. His specializations include dictatorial and post-dictatorial fiction of the Southern Cone, migration and exile, and Latin American Jewish studies. His most recent research focuses on memory, trauma, and reconciliation. He currently directs the intersession Buenos Aires Program. He was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, Latin American Literature and Culture
Graduate Certificate, University of Pittsburgh, Latin American Studies
M.A., University of Nebraska, Lincoln; Hispanic Studies
B.A., California State University, Northridge; Spanish
A.A., Moorpark College, Liberal Arts

Scholarly and Creative Work

Professor Meter’s research focuses primarily on Jewish Latin America with an emphasis on Southern Cone cultural production. He edited Literatura judía en América Latina (2001), a special volume of Revista Iberoamericana, and more recently co-edited the book: Memoria y Representación: configuraciones culturales y literarias en el imaginario judío latinoamericano, Beatriz Viterbo, 2006. In addition, he has published essays and book reviews in numerous journals including Chasqui: revista de literatura latinoamericana; Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Shofar, Cincinnati Romance Review, and Latin American Research Review, among others. His latest research project examines how football (soccer), a “national religion” in Latin America, has functioned as a builder of national identity while, at times, becoming a vehicle for racist, xenophobic and antisemitic propositions.

Teaching Interests

Professor Meter has taught a variety of language and literature courses at USD, including Advanced Grammar and Composition, Introduction to Hispanic Literatures, Cultural History of Latin America, Survey of Latin American Literature, Latin American Short-Story, Short-Fiction of the Southern Cone, River Plate Literature and Culture, as well as courses on the Jewish experience in the Americas. In addition to teaching departmental classes, Professor Meter has participated in team-taught courses, freshman seminars and cross-listed courses on literature and politics of the Southern Cone, Latino studies, and Jewish cultural studies.