Marina Pérez de Mendiola

Professor of Spanish, Latin American and Caribbean Literatures and Cultures
Chair, Department of Spanish, Latin American and Caribbean Literatures and Cultures
Richard Armour Chair in Modern Languages

Department: Department of Spanish, Latin American and Caribbean Literatures and Cultures
Office Address: Vita Nova 118
Office Phone: (909) 607-3545
Marina Pérez de Mendiola

Academic History

  • University of Paris-Sorbonne IV, Ph.D., Latin American Literatures and Cultures
  • University of Paris-Sorbonne IV, M.A., Spanish Civilization and Economy
  • University of Paris-Sorbonne IV, B.A., Spanish and Latin American Literatures and Spanish Linguistics

Areas of Expertise

  • Mexican Literature and Culture (19th & 20th Century novel, drama, short story, essay, visual arts)
  • Transatlantic Studies
  • Comparative Literature
  • Spanish Contemporary Literature and Culture
  • Critical Theory
  • Visual Culture
  • Cultural & Post-Colonial Studies

Personal Interests

Transatlantic studies, Postcolonial theory, Cultural and visual studies.

Selected Research and Publications

  • Bridging the Atlantic: Latin American and Iberian Thought. Editor (State University of New York Press, 1996)
  • Writing and Dissent: Essays on Gender and Identity Formation in Contemporary Mexican Literature. (Garland/Taylor Francis Group, London & New York, 1998)
  • Going Transatlantic: Toward an Ethics of Dialogue, editor (Chasquí:  revista de literatura latinoamericana. State University of Arizona, Special Issue 3, 2006)

Awards and Honors

  • 2009 Mary W. Johnson teaching Award
  • 2009 Professor of the Year Award for the Excellence in and outside the Classroom (Scripps Associated Students)
  • 2004 Mary W. Johnson Research Award (Scripps)
  • 2004 Sabbatical Award (Scripps)
  • 2003 Mary W. Johnson Teaching Award (Scripps)
  • 1999-2006 Summer Research Grants (Scripps)

Courses Taught

  • Humanities Core I: ""Rethinking the Enlightenment and its Legacies""
  • Core II: Surrealism in Literature and the Visual Arts; The Politics of Culture; The City and the Detective Novel.
  • Core III:  Race and Education in the Americas
  • Introduction to Literary Analysis in Spanish
  • Spain's Transition to Democracy in Cinema and Literature
  • Gender and Identity Formation in Mexico
  • Romance Novels and Nation Building in Latin America
  • Schools of Culture and Criticism