Alumni Spotlight

September 25, 2020

FLSpanish and Portuguese would like to start off  the Fall Alumni Series by acknowledging Francisco A. Lomelí whom graduated in 1978 from University of New Mexico Romance Languages-Latin American Literature and is one of the leading critics of Chicana/o studies. Currently he is an Emeritus Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He specializes in Literary history, Chicano Literature (particularly narrative theory), New Mexico Studies, Latin American Literature (particularly novel and regional studies on Central America, Mexico, Chile).


Prof. Francisco A. Lomelí joined the faculty at UCSB in1978 as part of a joint appointment between the Spanish & Portuguese and Chicana/o Studies Departments.  He has published extensively on Latin American literature and culture (Mexican, Chilean, Argentine, Central American, including theory on the novel and translation) and Chicano literature and culture (literary history, Colonial New Mexico, theory on the novel, numerous reference books, journals and translations, and has recovered works prior to 1965). Prof. Lomelí has published 35 books and over 120 articles in journals and special collections from throughout the world. Some of his publications include: La novelística de Carlos Droguett, Chicano Studies: A Multidisciplinary Approach, Chicano Literature: A Reference Guide (co-eds. G.García & I.Ortiz), Dictionary of Literary Biography (3 volumes; co-ed. C. Shirley), Handbook of Hispanic Cultures and Literatures: Literature and Art, Barrio on the Edge (a translation of Alejandro Morales’ novel Caras viejas y vino nuevo), Defying the Inquisition in Colonial New Mexico (co-author C. Colahan), The Writings of Eusebio Chacón (co-author G. Meléndez), The Chicano Literary Imagination (co-eds. J. Cañero & J. Elices), Routledge Handbook of Chicana/o Studies (co-eds. D.Segura & E.Benjamin-Labarthe), and co-director of the journal Ventana Abierta (co-director Sara Poot-Herrera). His awards include being elected to the Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española (2016) and the Luis Leal Award in Chicano and Chicana literature (2018).  After a distinguished career at UCSB, professor Lomelí retired in 2018.

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