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Latin American Studies

Julia Medina, PhD

Director of Spanish
Associate Professor

Julia Medina, Ph. D., joined the USD faculty in 2010. She has taught various courses on Latin American, Latino/a and TransAmerican literatures, cultures and film. She also teaches Spanish language courses of all levels. Professor Medina specializes in 19th and 20th century Latin American Literature and Culture as well as in Critical Theory and Cultural Studies.  Her current research focuses on the intersection between visual culture, non-fiction, resistance and intellectual representations in Central America.

 

Education

Ph.D., University of California, Davis, Spanish and Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory
B.A., University of California, Davis

 

Scholarly and Creative Work

Professor Medina’s work explores the role of non-fictional forms in the processes of intellectual (self) representations and specialization as these relate to the transnational discourses of alternate modernities. Working with crónicas, prologues, travel narratives, photographic images and political cartoons she is investigating how hegemonic discourses of masculinity and modernization forge an aesthetic and performative project of modernity at its margins.

In addition to several book chapters and book reviews, she was editor to the first number of the referreed journal: Brújula: Revista Interdisciplinaria Sobre Estudios Latinoamericanos. Her research has been published in: Istmo. Revista virtual de estudios literarios y culturales centroamericanos, A Contracorriente: A Journal on Social History and Literature in Latin America and in Revista Iberoamericana. She is currently working on her book manuscript.

Teaching Interests

Professor Medina has taught and designed a number of upper division courses on: Latin American and Latino/a literatures, cultures and film, and TransAmerican Latino/a studies, including: U.S. Latino Literature and Culture, Hispanic Film, Short Story in Latin America, Journalism and Literature and a special topics seminar on Resistance and Revolution in Latin Americah Literature and Culture. She also enjoys teaching Spanish language courses of all levels. She looks forward to teaching team-taught courses at USD.