Alejandro Meter, PhD

Alejandro Meter
Phone: (619) 260-7417
Fax: (619) 260-4190
Office: Founders Hall 132

Professor, Spanish

  • Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, Latin American Literature and Culture
  • M.A., University of Nebraska, Lincoln; Hispanic Studies
  • B.A., California State University, Northridge; Spanish

Alejandro Meter, PhD, teaches courses on Latin American literary and cultural studies. His specializations include the Jewish experience in Latin America, immigration, and the politics of memory. He directs USD's Intersession language, literature, and culture immersion program in Buenos Aires.

Scholarly 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 (Revista Iberoamericana), and co-edited Memoria y Representación: configuraciones culturales y literarias en el imaginario judío latinoamericano (Beatriz Viterbo). In addition, he has published articles, essays, and book chapters in numerous journals including Chasqui: Revista de literatura latinoamericana; Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Hispania, and Latin American Research Review, among others.

As a photographer, professor Meter enjoys working on long-term projects, and for the last few years he has been photographing Latin American writers in a variety of contexts such as portraiture in the US-Mexico Borderlands, Crime Fiction Writers, and the Latin American Jewish Diaspora, among others. His work has appeared in both print and digital media in the United States, Latin America, and Europe, and has been exhibited in the United States, Mexico, and Argentina.

Areas of Interest

Professor Meter teaches all levels of language and literature courses at USD, including Jewish Latin America, Writing and Composition, Cultural History of Latin America, Cultural Analysis, and Social Justice in Latin America. He has also taught numerous special-topics courses ranging from "Sports and National Culture" to "Argentina: Memory and Justice." In addition, Professor Meter has participated in team-taught courses within the Honors Program, first-year preceptorials, and cross-listed courses with Latin American Studies and Ethnic Studies on literature and politics of the Southern Cone, Latino studies, and Jewish cultural studies.