Frederick Luis Aldama

Frederick Luis Aldama is the Jacob & Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at the University of Texas, Austin who also holds an adjunct University Distinguished Professor appointment at The Ohio State University. He is the recipient of the 2019 Rodica C. Botoman Award for Distinguished Teaching and Mentoring, the Susan M. Hartmann Mentoring and Leadership Award, and an Eisner Award for Best Scholarly Work. He has authored or edited more than 40 books, including Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics and other works on Latinx formalist poetry, the Latinx vanguard, and Latinx queer literature. He is the author of fictional works such as Long Stories Cut Short: Fictions from the Borderlands, The Adventures of Chupacabra Charlie, and Con Papá / With Papá. He is also the editor of Latinographix, a series at The Ohio State University Press that publishes Latinx graphic fiction and nonfiction. He is the co-creator of the documentary film “Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics" and the animation short "Carlitos Chupacabra." He is founder and director of UT Austin's Latinx Pop Lab and BIPOC Pop: Symposium & Expo; founded the Obama White House award-winning LASER: Latinx Space for Enrichment & Research; and sits on the board of BreakBread Literacy Project, a program dedicated to cultivating youth poets, artists, and writers. Professor Aldama holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and a PhD from Stanford University.