Jose Espericueta Ph.D.

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Chair, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Associate Professor of Spanish, Modern Languages

Phone: (972) 721-5354


Office: Anselm Hall #106

Dr. Jose Espericueta received his Ph.D. from Indiana University in 2011 in Latin American Literature with a minor in History. His dissertation focuses on the Colonial Period in Mexico and questions of cultural and ethnic identity among mestizo populations. His research interests include transculturation, historical processes of colonialism, Mexican national identity, immigration, and U.S. Latino populations.
  • Ph.D., Latin American Literature, Indiana University
  • M.A., Hispanic Literature, Miami University of Ohio
  • B.A., English Literature and Spanish, Knox College
  • Assistant Professor of Spanish
  • Spanish Program Director
  • First Year Spanish I (MSP 1301)
  • Second Year Spanish I (MSP 2311)
  • Spanish-American Literary Traditions (MSP 3318)
  • Spanish-American Poetry (MSP 4372)
  • Colonialism in Latin America
  • Mestizaje, transculturation, and hybridity
  • 20th-century Vanguardia literature
  • U.S. Latino Literature
  • “‘Vienen de gente de mucha discreción y entendimiento:’ Ethnic Identity, Ambivalence, and Colonial Discourses in Diego Muñoz Camargo’s Descripción de la ciudad y provincia de Tlaxcala.” Forthcoming in Colonial Latin American Review. 26.2 (2017).
  • “Fukú y el legado poscolonial de occidente en La maravillosa vida breve de Óscar Wao.” Estudios: Revista de Filosofía, Historia, y Letras. 116 (Spring 2016) 87-99.
  • Writing Virtue and Indigenous Rights: Juan Bautista de Pomar and the Relacin de Texcoco. Forthcoming in Hispania 98.2 (2015).
  • “Juan Bautista de Pomar and the Appropriation of Christian Discourse in Relación de Texcoco.” Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies Graduate Student Conference.  June 8, 2007. Published in: Interstitial Readings:  Selected Proceedings of the Newberry Library's Center for Renaissance Studies' 25th Annual Graduate Student Conference," ed. Megan Moore.  Chicago:  Newberry Library, 2007.  44-57. Invited submission.
  • “Juan de Palafox y Mendoza’s Reformist Agenda in El Pastor de Nochebuena.” Sixteenth Century Society Conference. Vancouver, British Columbia. October 22-25, 2015.
  • Fukú and the Post-Colonial Legacy of the West in The Brief Wondrous life of Oscar Wao.” Colloquium on Tradition and Humanism. Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, Mexico City, Mexico. August 17-19, 2015. 
  • “From Discordia to Concordia? Narrative Tensions in Borges, Cortázar, and Fuentes: A Lecture on Latin American Literature and the Western Tradition.” University of Dallas, March 30, 2015.
  • “Los orígenes del mestizaje: la identidad y la política colonial en el siglo XVI.” Keynote Speaker. Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). Mexico City, Mexico. February 24, 2015.
  • “Juan Bautista de Pomar, Diego Muñoz de Camargo, and the Relaciones Geográficas in the wake of the Spanish Crown’s 1577 Censorship of Indigenous Writings.” Sixteenth Century Society Conference. New Orleans, Louisiana. October 16-19, 2014.
  • “Writing Identity and Place: Diego Muñoz Camargo and the History of Tlaxcala.” Latin American Studies Association, Thirty-Second Annual International Congress. Chicago, Illinois. May 2014.
  • “Illustrating Place and Identity: Tlaxcalan Responses to the Instrucción y memoria questionnaire.” Midwest Modern Language Association Convention. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. November, 2013.
  • “Epistemologies in Migration: Changing Approaches to the New in the Imperial Histories of Peter Martyr, Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo, and Juan López de Velasco.” Mid-America Conference on Hispanic Literature. Lincoln, Nebraska. October 2012.
  • “Revising the mestizo myth: Juan Bautista de Pomar, Diego Muñoz Camargo, and Sixteenth-century Ethnic Identities.” Latin American Studies Association, Thirtieth Annual International Congress. San Francisco, California. May 2012.
  • Mathers, Clay, et al. Native and Spanish New Worlds: Sixteenth Century Entradas in the American Southwest and Southeast. In Catholic Southwest 26 (2015).
  • Levin Rojo, Danna. Return to Aztlan: Indians, Spaniards, and the Invention of Nuevo Mexico. Catholic Southwest 25 (2014): 86-7.