Border Studies

PROGRAM

The Border Studies concentration within the Department of Spanish and Portuguese investigates the heterogeneity and hybridity that both emerge from and shape the cultural and linguistic practices and production of borderlands. Inherently interdisciplinary, Border Studies emphasizes the need for enlisting and developing analytic frameworks from various fields to evaluate the complexity that defines these physical and symbolic spaces. Our location at the University of Arizona offers students the opportunity to combine this rigorous interdisciplinary academic training with onsite learning that is rooted in, though not limited to, our positionality along the border between the United States and Mexico. 

This interdisciplinary concentration is open to graduate students who have been admitted into the PhD program in Linguistics or Literature. Students may choose Border Studies as either their major or minor concentration. 

 

Related Faculty

Dr. Abraham Acosta is Assistant Professor of Latin American Cultural Studies in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. He came to the University of Arizona from the University of Michigan where he received a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature (2007...
Judith Nantell received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Indiana University and taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Florida State University before coming to the University of Arizona in 1987. Her publications center largely on Spanish...
Kaitlin M. Murphy is an assistant professor of Latin American Cultural Studies in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, a faculty member in the Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory Graduate Interdisciplinary Program, and affiliated faculty in...
Dr. Ana Maria Carvalho is a Professor of Portuguese and Spanish Linguistics. She completed her PhD in Hispanic Linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley in 1998, with a specialization in sociolinguistics. She is the Director of...
Anita Huizar-Hernández is an Assistant Professor of Border Studies in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Arizona. She received her Ph.D. in Literature (Cultural Studies) from the University of California,...
Course Information Current Courses: Span 350 H Span 436 Office: 594 Hours: M by appointment / T 11:00-12:00pm, 1:00-3:00pm / WTH by appointment Courses Taught: Hispanic Picaresque Fiction Golden Age Drama Don Quijote Spanish Literature...
Dr. Melissa A. Fitch (Ph.D. 1995 ASU), a second-generation Mexican-American, was born in Los Angeles and raised in the city of San Francisco. Her research is currently focused on Asian representations of Latin American popular culture. She is author...
Courses Taught: SPAN 696; SPAN 582; SPAN 581; SPAN 580; SPAN 457; SPAN 453; SPAN 452; SPAN 325 Publications since 2001 Books: Hualde J.I., A. Olarrea & E. O' Brian. 2012. Handbook of Hispanic Linguistics. Blackwell. Colina, S., A. Olarrea...
avier D. Durán, Professor of Spanish and Border Studies, is a specialist in cultural and literary studies along the U.S.-Mexico border. He is a native of the Arizona-Sonora desert region. Dr. Durán, a three time UA alumnus, received his Ph.D. in...
Course Information Current Courses: Spanish 501 Hours: call 621 1983 to schedule and appointment Courses Taught: Span 501; 520; 521; 561; 571; 696A; 195A; Trad 103 Publications since 2001 Books: De Fortunata a la M:40: Un siglo de...
Dr. Sonia Colina's areas of expertise are Spanish phonology (Optimality Theory, syllable structure) and Translation Studies (translation pedagogy, translation quality and translation in health care). She is the author of Fundamentals of...