Director of Literature
American Literary Studies
Nineteenth-Century American and Chicano/a Literatures; Southwestern Literature and Film; and the American Gothic
Dr. Jesse Alemán’s scholarship and teaching cover two fields: nineteenth-century American literature and US Latino/a literary histories. His work focuses on the literary production and national identities that were forged after the 1846-1848 U.S.-Mexico War.
He has over a dozen articles in scholarly journals and edited collections, including recent publications in American Literary History, The Oxford Handbook to Nineteenth-Century American Literature, and Hemispheric American Studies. He reprinted Loreta Janeta Velazquez’s 1876 autobiography, The Woman in Battle, which recounts the adventures of a Cuban woman who cross-dressed as a Confederate soldier to fight in the U.S. Civil War, and he co-edited Empire and the Literature of Sensation, which is an anthology of nineteenth-century popular literature about U.S. imperialism in Mexico and Cuba. He is currently working on "Wars of Rebellion," a book that places US Hispanic writings about the Civil War in relations to contemporaneous civil wars in Cuba and Mexico, as well as “The Latino/a Nineteenth Century,” a co-edited anthology of essays.
Besides nineteenth-century American and Chicano/a literatures, his other teaching interests include the nineteenth-century American gothic; southwestern literature and film; and theories of the novel. As a UNM faculty member, he is the recipient of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Award for Teaching Excellence; the American Indian Student Services’ STARS Award; the Wertheim Award for Outstanding English Faculty member; and he has been named Outstanding Faculty Member by the English Graduate Student Association and UNM’s Peer Mentoring for Graduate Students of Color. As a recurring summer faculty member of Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English, he has been awarded the Ruth and Lillian Marino Endowed Chair for teaching excellence.