Frederick L. Aldama

Frederick L. Aldama

Frederick L. Aldama

Professor of English

614 247-8890

573 Denney Hall
164 West 17th Avenue
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Film Studies
  • Critical Theory
  • Narrative Theory
  • Twentieth-Century British and American Literature


  • BA, University of California, Berkeley
  • PhD, Stanford University

former Oversight Committee member

former co-leader of the Narrative and Cognition Working Group

Frederick Aldama, Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English, uses the tools of narrative theory and cognitive science in his teaching and scholarship on Latino and Postcolonial literature, art, music, film, and comic books. He is the author and editor of eleven books, including Postethnic Narrative Criticism, Brown on Brown, and the MLA-award winning Dancing With Ghosts: A Critical Biography of Arturo Islas, Why the Humanities Matter: A Common Sense Approach, Your Brain on Latino Comics: From Gus Arriola to Los Bros Hernandez, and A User's Guide to Postcolonial and Latino Borderland Fiction. Along with Patrick Colm Hogan and Arturo Aldama, he is series editor of "Cognitive Approaches to Literature and Culture" with the University of Texas Press.  He sits on the editorial boards of Narrative, Journal of Narrative Theory and Narrative and Image as well as Texas Tech UP's The Americas book series.

He is currently also Founder and Director of L.A.S.E.R--Latino and Latin American Studies space for Enrichment and Research and of Latino Studies.