Ignacio Sánchez Prado

Ignacio Sánchez Prado

​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 Humanities
PhD, University of Pittsburgh

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

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.

His teaching in Romance Languages and Literatures is focused on 20th- and 21st-century Mexican literature, film and culture, as well as Latin American critical thought and literary theory. In addition, for the Latin American Studies Program, he teaches Survey of Latin American Cultures, and classes on Mexico, media theory, film and revolution and other issues in cultural studies. At the University College, he teaches undergraduate classes on Latin American Cultural Studies and classes on neoliberalism, cultural policy and global cinema, for the Masters Programs in International Affairs and Liberal Arts. Currently, he serves as Latin American Review Editor for the Revista de Estudios Hispánicos and as 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.

He is the author of El canon y sus formas: La reinvención de Harold Bloom y sus lecturas hispanoamericanas (2002), Poesía para nada (2005), Naciones intelectuales. Las fundaciones de la modernidad literaria mexicana (1917-1959) (2009, Winner of the LASA Mexico 2010 Book Award), Intermitencias americanistas. Estudios y ensayos escogidos (2004-2010) (2012), Screening Neoliberalism. Mexican Cinema 1988-2012 (2014), and Strategic Occidentalism. On Mexican Fiction, The Neoliberal Book Market and the Question of World Literature (2018). His work in progress includes a forthcoming volume with his essays on Alfonso Reyes, entitled Intermitencias alfonsinas, and book-length studies on cosmopolitanism and genre in mid-century, and on the question of transnationalism in Mexican cinema.

Sánchez Prado has edited several book collections: Alfonso Reyes y los estudios latinoamericanos (with Adela Pineda Franco, 2004), América Latina en la “literatura mundial” (2006), América Latina, Giro óptico (2006), El arte de la ironía. Carlos Monsiváis ante la crítica (with Mabel Moraña, 2007), Arqueologías del centauro. Ensayos sobre Alfonso Reyes (2009), Entre Hombres. Masculinidades del siglo XIX latinoamericano (with Ana Peluffo, 2010); El lenguaje de las emociones. Afectoy cultura en América Latina (with Mabel Moraña, 2012),  La literatura en los siglos XIX y XX (with Antonio Saborit and Jorge Ortega, 2013), Heridas abiertas. Biopolítica y cultura en América Latina (with Mabel Moraña, 2014), Democracia, otredad, melancolía. Roger Bartra ante la crítica (with Mabel Moraña 2015) and A History of Mexican Literature (with Anna Nogar and José Ramón Ruisánchez Serra). 

Prof. Sánchez Prado has published over 90 scholarly articles in academic books and journals. His article "Claiming Liberalism: Enrique Krauze, Vuelta, Letras Libres and Literature in Theory (2018) and Pierre Bourdieu in Hispanic Literature and Culture (2018). Prof. Sánchez Prado is co-editor, with Leslie Marsh, of the SUNY Press Series on Latin American Cinema.

Prof. Sánchez Prado has published over 90 scholarly articles in academic books and journals, His article "Claiming Liberalism: Enrique Krauze, Vuelta, Letras Libres and the reconfigurations of the Mexican intellectual class," published by Mexican Studies/ Estudios Mexicanos (26.1, 2010) was awarded with the LASA Mexico Section 2010 Humanities essay prize. His most recent essays include studies on Alfonso Reyes and bibliophilia, on the question of epistemic crisis in Mexican literature, and a theoretical essay on the question of the Global South from the Latin American perspective. Beyond the academy, he has been a contributor to media outlets in Mexico and the United States, including the Mexican national newspaper El Universal and the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Prof. Sánchez Prado has served as President of the Division of Latin American Literatures and Cultures and the Discussion Group of Mexican Cultural Studies at the Modern Language Association, as well as co-chair of the Mexico Section at the Latin American Studies Association. He is a member of the editorial board of various journals, including Forma, Chasqui, Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana, ASAP/Journal, and Confluencia. He is the Vice-President of the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present.