Dr. Juan Velasco, Associate Professor in the Department of English and Modern Languages, teaches courses in contemporary Latin American and Chicano/a Literature, and Film. He received his first Ph.D. in 1992 from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. His area of specialization was Contemporary Latin American Literature and his dissertation title was: Las diferentes ediciones de "La Sombra del Caudillo" de Martín Luis Guzmán.
In 1995 he received his second Ph.D. from UCLA. His area of specialization was Contemporary Chicano/a Literature and the dissertation title was Labyrinth of Mexicanness: The Construction of Ethnicity in Contemporary Chicano/a Autobiography.
- Chicano/a Literature
- Border Studies
- Creative Writing
- As a Post-Doc Fellow of UCLA'S Chicano Studies Research Center in 1999-2000, Dr. Velasco completed research on his book: American Me: A Study on Contemporary Chicano/a Autobiography.
- His first novel, Enamorado, was published in Spain in 2000.
- Most recently he wrote the foreword for Under the Fifth Sun: Latino Literature from California (2002)
- He published his book Las fronteras moviles: tradicion y modernidad en la Literatura Chicana contemporanea (2003).