Border Studies Concentration

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

Anita Huizar-Hernández (PhD, Literature, University of California, San Diego) is Associate Professor of Border Studies in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Arizona. Born and raised in Arizona, Huizar-Herná...
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...
Dr. Abraham Acosta is Associate 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 (...
Dr. Melissa A. Fitch (Ph.D. 1995 ASU) holds the rank of University Distinguished Professor. Her work encompasses the period marked by the rise of mass media at the turn of the last century to the present-day influence and pervasiveness of...
Chair, Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory Director of Graduate Studies, Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Affiliated Faculty, School of Art Affiliated Faculty, Human...
Dr. Lillian Gorman is an Assistant Professor of Spanish Sociolinguistics and U.S. Latina/o/x Cultural Studies and the Director of the Spanish as a Heritage Language Program in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. She is also affiliated faculty...
Dr. Ana Maria Carvalho is a Professor of Portuguese and Spanish Linguistics. She is the Director of the Portuguese Language Program, an affiliated faculty of the Second Language Acquisition and Teaching Program (SLAT), and holds a courtesy...
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...