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Department ofModern Languages and Literatures

José Ortigas


José Ortigas

Assistant Professor

José Ortigas received his Ph.D. with a Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory from the University of California, Davis. His primary research interests are the interpretation of popular fiction as denunciation of social abuses in Mexico and Spain; critical theory; and heritage learner pedagogy. Other recent areas of investigation are border studies and migrant narratives; and the literary representation of the effects of neoliberal globalization in the Spanish-speaking world. Before coming to Santa Clara, he was Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies at Pacific Lutheran Univeristy in Tacoma, WA.

Research Interests:

Popular fiction as denunciation of the deleterious effects of neoliberal capitalism in the Spanish-speaking world; the literary and filmic representation of violence in México; border and migrant narratives; Critical Theory; and heritage learner pedagogy.

Professor Ortigas has taught all levels of Spanish: lower-division language and culture courses; advanced composition; as well as upper-division special topics courses.


“Heterotopías mexicanas: representaciones de la violencia contra migrantes centroamericanos indocumentados.” Senderos de la violencia: Latinoamérica y sus narrativas armadas. Ed. Oswaldo Estrada. Valencia: Albatros Ediciones, 2016. 99-113. Print.

“Reseña de Entre héroes, fantasmas y apocalípticos: Testigos y paisajes en la crónica mexicana de Anadeli Bencomo.” Textos Híbridos: Revista de estudios sobre la crónica latinoamericana. 2.1. (July 2012): 93-98. Web.