PhD Candidate in Hispanic Literature
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Diego Bustos-Deaza is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese. Currently, he is the Spanish as a Second Language (SSL) Assistant Coordinator, helping in the department’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. He oversees the online offering of the department and assists with placement, assessment, exam design, and evaluating instructor’s teaching. He studied Economics and History and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The University of Texas at El Paso. His dissertation elaborates on the relationship between rhetorical strategies present in a corpus of cultural performances and novels, and the imagination on development in Latin America. He proposes that these cultural texts shaped and reinterpreted a genealogy of economic development, offering a repertoire of meanings and practices for contemporary public policy aimed to social inclusion. Of special interest for him is the textual traces of how the effects of recent growth and anti-poverty public policies (Bolsa Família, Familias en Acción and Prospera), and the growth of the “new middle classes”, comment on questions of economic inclusion and citizenship in Brazil, Mexico and Colombia. Diego received twice the LAII PhD Fellowship, a Tinker Foundation Grant, and a Bilinski Fellowship. Currently is a Dean’s Fellow at the University of New Mexico.