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Jesse Alemán

Jesse Aleman


Director of Literature

American Literary Studies

Research Area/s

Nineteenth-Century American and Chicano/a Literatures; Southwestern Literature and Film; and the American Gothic

Contact Information

Office Location: Humanities 372


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.

Department of English Language and Literature
Humanities Building, Second Floor
MSC03 2170
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Phone: (505) 277-6347
Fax: (505) 277-0021