Current courses teaching:
Span 160D-001, MW 11:00-11:50am, Opt. Sci. 410
Latin American Popular Culture
Span 571-001, M 3:00-5:30pm, Educ 502
Digital Humanities and Critical Theory
- Border Studies
- Cultural Studies
- Gender Studies
- Latin American Literature
- Literary Theory
- Luso-Brazilian Literature
- Mexican and Mexican American Literature
- Visual Cultural Studies
Courses Taught: HONORS 195: Critical Thinking SPAN 480: Community Service SPAN 350: Intro to Hispanic Literature; SPAN 425: Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition; SPAN 449: Latin American Theater; SPAN 449: Madrid en las artes (taught in Madrid); SPAN 571: Teoria Literaria; PORT 305: Portuguese for Spanish Speakers; PORT 350: Survey of Brazilian Literature; PORT 449/549: Brazilian Culture; PORT 463/563: Latin American Feminist Film; TRAD 104/SPAN 160: Issues in Latin American Society and Popular Culture; SPAN 433 Mexican and Mexican-American Literature and Culture; SPAN 449H: Honors Thesis; SPAN 401: Spanish-American Culture and Civilization; SPAN 561: Visual Culture
Current Work in Progress
"Consuming Latin American Popular Culture in Asia/Asian Popular Culture in Latin America" Book-length manuscript. 30% complete.
Publications since 2001
Global Tangos: Travels in the Transnational Imaginary. Bucknell University Press, 2015.
Side Dishes: Latin/a American Women and Cultural Production. Rutgers University Press, 2009.
Culture and Customs of Argentina. David William Foster, Melissa Fitch Lockhart and Darrell Lockhart. Greenwood Press, 1998.
"Carmen, Kitsch and my Quest for Coordinated Dinnerware" Chasqui: Revista de literatura latinoamericana (2011).
"Vida antes da morte: Homophobia in Brazil and in Two Literary Works by Activist-Author Herbert Daniel." Luso-Brazilian Review 43.2 (2006).
"Directing Study Abroad Programs in a Changed World: Five Lessons Learned from the Madrid Bombings" Association of Departments of Foreign Languages Bulletin Spring 2007
"Performing Argentina in Spain after the Bombing: The Resignification of Theatrical Referents in Cecilia Rossetto in Madrid" Latin American Theater Review 39.2. 2006
"Gender Bending in Latino Theatre: Johnny Diego, The Hispanic Zone and Deporting the Divas by Guillermo Reyes." Latino/a Popular Culture. Eds. Michelle Habell-Pallan and Mary Romero. New York University Press, 2002. 162-73.
"Buenos Aires on the Border: Tango and Constructions of Femininity in Guillermo Reyes' Theater." Ollantay Theater Magazine. 9.18 (2001): 70-83.
2015 1885 Distinguished Scholar Award
2014 Borderlands Theater Award
2014 Outstanding Humanities Faculty Award for the Honors College
2013 UA Creative Teaching Award
2013 Distinguished Humanities Fellow for the Honors College for AY 2013-14.
2013 Named a UA Faculty Fellow
2011 Fulbright scholar for AY 2011-12 to the Chinese University of Hong Kong
2010 Fulbright Hays Summer Fellowship to China (declined)
2008 UA Five Star Teaching Award (from 5 finalists, university-wide, and 60 nominees)
2004 UA Provost's General Education Teaching Award
2004 UA Teaching Center Honorary Fellowship for Outstanding Teaching and Service
2002 UA College of Humanities Outstanding Advising Award Honorable Mention
2000 UA College of Humanities Outstanding Advising Award
1997 Arizona Language Association Outstanding University Educator Award
1997 Professor of the Year Arizona International College of the University of Arizona
1995 Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Associate
1994 Arizona State University Faculty Women's Association Distinguished Achievement Award
Dr. Melissa A. Fitch (Ph.D. 1995 ASU), a second generation Chicana, 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 of the book Global Tangos: Travels in the Transnational Imaginary (Bucknell UP, 2015) and Side Dishes: Latin/a American Women, Sex and Cultural Production (Rutgers UP, 2009). In 2015 she was named one of three university-wide 1885 Society Distinguished Fellows, based on her research, teaching, and service. In 2013 she received the UA Creative Teaching Award and in 2008, she received the University of Arizona's Five Star Teaching Award, the institution's highest teaching honor. In 2004 she received the UA General Education Teaching Award. Since 2002 she has been editor-in-chief of the academic journal Studies in Latin American Popular Culture (University of Texas Press). She was named Outstanding University Educator by the Arizona Languages Association in 1997. Her essays have been published in Latin American Theater Review; Gestos: Teoría y práctica del teatro hispánico; Chasqui: Revista de literatura latinoamericana; ADFL Bulletin; Luso-Brazilian Review; Romance Languages Annual, ADE Bulletin and in the books Dale Nomás! Dale que va! (Buenos Aires: Editorial Nueva Generación, 2006); Latino/a Popular Culture (NYU Press, 2002) and Interventions: Feminist Dialogues on Third World Women's Literature and Film (Garland, 1997). She is co-author of the book Culture and Customs of Argentina (Greenwood, 1998). Professor Fitch is past president of the Arizona Languages Association and the statewide Languages Articulation Task Force. She directed the UA Study Abroad program in Fortaleza, Brazil in 2001 and the UA programs in Alcala de Henares, Spain in 2004 and in Segovia, Spain in 2007. She directed the study abroad program in Chile in fall of 2014. She has traveled to 35 countries. These include Peru, where she studied Quechua in Cuzco in 1998; Turkey, where she studied Turkish in Istanbul in 2004 and 2005, China, where she studied Mandarin in Shanghai in 2007 and 2008 and Paris, France, where she studied French while on sabbatical in 2010. She was a Fulbright scholar to the Chinese University of Hong Kong for 2011-12. She lived in Valparaiso, Chile for eight months during 2014 and 2015. Her free time revolves around travel, learning new languages and dancing Argentine tango.