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World Languages and Cultural Studies

Luis Sáenz de Viguera Erkiaga

Luis Sáenz de Viguera Erkiaga

Associate Professor (Spanish) and Chair
World Languages and Cultural Studies

Director of Social Justice Program

Ph. D. in Romance Studies, Duke University

Prof. Sáenz de Viguera has research and taught a wide variety of topics, including Basque Punk Culture, Popular Culture as a site of resistance, Social Justice, and Latin American and Spanish Film and Literature.

Prof. Sáenz de Viguera comes from Bilbao, in the Basque Country, and is fluent in Basque, English, and Spanish. His teaching experience includes stints at Mount Holyoke College, Duke University, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Ph. D. in Romance Studies from Duke University. Area of study: Contemporary Peninsular Cultural Studies.
M.A. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Area of study: Contemporary Latin American Literature/Latino Studies.
B.A. in English from the Universidad de Deusto, Bilbao. Area of specialization: American Literature.

Recent publications include articles on Latino superheros and stereotypes, on the relation between occupy movements from the 1980’s and Basque Literature, an encyclopedia entry on Latin American folklore in the Hernandez Brothers’ Love and Rockets comics magazine. He has lectured on Basque Culture, Spanish Politics, and the representation of minorities in American mainstream comic-books.

Past accomplishments include the completion of his Ph. D. Dissertation (download), scholarly writing, and writing and drawing comic strips and a plethora of unfinished graphic novels. He is fascinated by Urban Decay as a consequence of late capitalism, and by representations of Evil in popular culture.