Office: Chambers 3290
Mailing Address: Box 7012, Davidson College, Davidson,NC 28035-7012
B.A. - Universidad de Monterrey
M.A. - Arizona State
Ph.D. - Arizona State
Professor Luis Peña specializes in Twentieth-Century Latin American Literature and Culture, with emphasis on Mexican Studies, and in cultural and literary studies along the U.S.-Mexico Border. His areas of teaching and research include Literature and allegories of the Nation, Latin American Literary and Cultural Theories since the 1960s, Images of the US-Mexico Border in Literature, Film, and Popular Culture, and Contemporary Latin American Cinema. His scholarship addresses the interactions between ideologies, politics, and aesthetics in the context of (Post) Modern Latin American Cultures.
Professor Peña has recently directed Research Senior Theses on Border documentaries, Tijuana and urban mythologies, Phogography and the Border Fence, Northern Mexican narratives, among other topics. He is the author of La metamorfosis del deseo: una aproximación a la narrativa mexicana contemporánea. 1958-1970 published by the Universidad Veracruzana in Mexico, and has co-edited Modalidades de representación del sujeto auto/biográfico femenino published by Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León in Mexico. His recent articles on gender and cabaret theatre, migration and violence, and popular religious representations of the migrant experience have been published in journals and books in Chile, Mexico, and the United States.
Professor Peña is currently working on a manuscript examining representations of the Border in literature and film.
Professor Peña's Short CV