Ignacio Sánchez Prado

Ignacio Sánchez Prado

Dean’s Fellow for Intercultural Competence Initiatives​
Professor of Spanish, Latin American Studies, and Film and Media Studies
Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Latin American Studies program

Jarvis Thurston and Mona Van Duyn Professor in the Humanities
PhD, University of Pittsburgh

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Professor Sánchez Prado's areas of research include Latin American intellectual history, neoliberal culture, world literature theory, and Mexican literary, film, and cultural studies.

Prof. Sánchez Prado’s areas of research include Mexican literary, film, and cultural studies; Latin American intellectual history, neoliberal culture, food cultural studies and “world literature” theory.


He is the author of seven books, including Naciones intelectuales. Las fundaciones de la modernidad literaria mexicana (1917-1959) (2009. Winner of the LASA Mexico 2010 Book Award), Screening Neoliberalism. Mexican Cinema 1988-2012 (2014), Strategic Occidentalism. On Mexican Fiction, The Neoliberal Book Market and the Question of World Literature (2018), and Intermitencias alfonsinas. Estudios y otros textos (2019).


He is currently working on three book-length studies: The Arts of Inequality, a general-public study of contemporary Mexican culture; The Transnational Paradox, on the effects that internationalization has on contemporary Mexican cinema, and Popular Cosmopolitanism, on genre and the idea of world culture as a social practice in mid-century Mexico-


Prof. Sánchez Prado has edited several book collections, including A History of Mexican Literature (with Anna Nogar and José Ramón Ruisánchez Serra). Mexican Literature in Theory (2018) and Mexican Literature as World Literature (2021). Prof. Sánchez Prado is co-editor, with Leslie Marsh, of the SUNY Press Series on Latin American Cinema and editor of the series Critical Mexican Studies in Vanderbilt University Press.


Prof. Sánchez Prado’s scholarly articles have appared in a diversity of books and journals academic books and journals. His most recent essays include a study on the theories of the transcultural and global novel in Latin America, published by New Literary History and a discussion of the American Dirt controversy in American Literary History. Beyond the academy, he has been a contributor to media outlets in Mexico and the United States, including the Washington Post, Al Jazeera, the BBC, the Mexican national newspaper El Universal, Public Books, Words Without Borders and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among others.


His teaching for the Latin American Studies Program includes the introductory class (Latin America: Nation, Ethnicity and Social Conflict), and courses on Mexico, media theory, film and revolution and other issues in cultural studies. In Romance Languages and Literatures, his teaching focuses on 20th- and 21st-century Mexican literature, film and culture, as well as Latin American critical thought and literary theory. In addition, At the University College, he teaches classes on neoliberalism, cultural policy and global cinema, for the Master-level programs in International Affairs and Liberal Arts.


Prof. Sánchez Prado currently serves in the steering committee of UC Mexicanistas and in the Executive Council of the MLA. He is a member of the editorial board of various journals, including PMLA, Modernism/Modernity, Forma, Chasqui, Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana, ASAP/Journal, and Confluencia. He is the President of the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present.


Professor Sánchez Prado was appointed by the Librarian of Congress as the Chair of the Cultures of the South at the Kluge Center during the summer of 2021.


Currently, Prof. Sánchez Prado serves as Dean’s Fellow for Intercultural Competence Initiatives (2020-2022). He is Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Latin American Studies Program. Prof. Sánchez Prado received the Distinguished Teaching Award from the School of Arts and Sciences in 2015.




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Mexican Literature in Theory

Mexican Literature in Theory

Mexican Literature in Theory is the first book in any language to engage post-independence Mexican literature from the perspective of current debates in literary and cultural theory. It brings together scholars whose work is defined both by their innovations in the study of Mexican literature and by the theoretical sophistication of their scholarship.

Mexican Literature in Theory provides the reader with two contributions. First, it is one of the most complete accounts of Mexican literature available, covering both canonical texts as well as the most important works in contemporary production. Second, each one of the essays is in itself an important contribution to the elucidation of specific texts. Scholars and students in fields such as Latin American studies, comparative literature and literary theory will find in this book compelling readings of literature from a theoretical perspective, methodological suggestions as to how to use current theory in the study of literature, and important debates and revisions of major theoretical works through the lens of Mexican literary works.

A History of Mexican Literature

A History of Mexican Literature

A History of Mexican Literature chronicles a story more than five hundred years in the making, looking at the development of literary culture in Mexico from its indigenous beginnings to the twenty-first century. Featuring a comprehensive introduction that charts the development of a complex canon, this volume includes extensive essays that illuminate the cultural and political intricacies of Mexican literature. Organized thematically, these essays survey the multilayered verse and fiction of such diverse writers as Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Mariano Azuela, Xavier Villaurrutia, and Octavio Paz. Written by a host of leading scholars, the collection also devotes special attention to the lasting significance of colonialism and multiculturalism in Mexican literature. This book is of pivotal importance to the development of Mexican writing and will serve as an invaluable reference for specialists and students alike.

El lenguaje de las emociones

El lenguaje de las emociones

Collective reflection on the potential that the study of the languages ​​of love, emotion and sentimentality are for reinterpretation of Latin American cultural production, literature, cinema and music. Written in Spanish.