Frederick Luis Aldama

About Frederick Luis Aldama

Frederick Luis Aldama is Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English and University Distinguished Scholar at The Ohio State University. In the departments of English as well as Spanish & Portuguese he teaches courses on and Latino & Latin American cultural phenomena, including literature, film, TV, music, sports, video games, and comic books. He is also an affiliate faculty of the Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Brain Imaging. He is the author, co-author, and editor of thirty books. He is editor and coeditor of 7 different academic press book series, including the World Comics and Graphic Nonfiction series with the University of Texas Press. He is founder and director of the White House Hispanic Bright Spot awarded LASER/Latino and Latin American Space for Enrichment Research. In 2016, Aldama received the Ohio Education Summit Award for Founding & Directing LASER. He is founder and co-director of Humanities & Cognitive Sciences High School Summer Institute at The Ohio State University. He has been honored with the 2016 American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education’s Outstanding Latino/a Faculty in Higher Education Award. In 2017, Aldama was awarded Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching and inducted into the Academy of Teaching. This same year he was also inducted into the Society of Cartoon Arts.

Latinx Spaces – An Interview with Frederick Luis Aldama: On the Art of Storytelling for Latinx Children and Youth — by Isabel Millán

Known for his scholarship on Latinx popular culture and comics, Frederick Luis Aldama just expanded his repertoire with another book—this one on Latinx children’s picture books and Young Adult literature, inspired by the books he began reading to his daughter, Corina. Published by the University of Pittsburgh Press and released earlier this year, Latino/a [...]

Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics: The Documentary

  Following the success of his most recent book, Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics, Professor Frederick Luis Aldama—in partnership with the Ohio State University and Columbus, Ohio-based production company DG Cine—is bringing the experience of his book to life in a full-fledged documentary. In it, Aldama brings together academics, comics scholars, artists and [...]

Latinx Spaces: The Challenge of Sci-Fi —by Frederick Luis Aldama

THE CHALLENGE OF SCI-FI: by Frederick Luis Aldama My brain’s been working in overdrive and overtime. I’ve been thinking damn hard about the future—about how we might think and feel in the future as much as look in size and shape, about how our everyday life might be organized: from grocery shopping to driving [...]

WSYX/WTTE Columbus: Ohio State Professor Hopes to Inspire Diversity in Comic Movies

This interview was conducted by ABC6 News for their "Slice of Life" segment. All rights and privileges concerning this interview belong to their respective parties. COLUMBUS (WSYX/WTTE) — An Ohio State professor is designing a class around comic books. While doing that, Frederick Luis Aldama is looking at why one demographic seems under-represented when the [...]

The Ohio State University Libraries — Researcher Spotlight: Historian Ian Gordon

This interview was conducted/published by Amy Chalmers, Program Assistant / Gallery Assistant for Special Collections & Area Studies at The Ohio State University Libraries. All rights and privileges concerning this interview belong to their respective parties. Dr. Ian Gordon is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the National University of Singapore. [...]

Professor LatinX and Ilan Stavans in Conversation with Jaime Hernandez

Jaime Hernandez, the Latinx comic book co-creator (with his bros Gilbert and Mario) of Love & Rockets fame, grew up in rural, agricultural Oxnard, California, where he and his brothers inherited their mother's love of comics; they also listened to and were influenced by the DIY worldview of Punk and Lowrider culture. In the early [...]

Professor LatinX Chats with Erika Lopez

Latinx cartoonist, novelist, and performance artist, Erika Lopez, was born in New York City and raised by Quaker activist lesbian mamá in the suburbs of New Jersey and West Virginia. Lopez grew up self-identifying as Afrolatinx; her biological father was Afrolatinx Puerto Rican. She also grew up tremendously influenced by comics like Adam Hughes’s [...]

Angelitos: A Graphic Novel, Questions to Ilan Stavans

ProfessorLatinX: You’ve co-created a number of graphic novels—in the form of fiction, memoirs, histories—, including Mr. Spic Goes to Washington (with Roberto Weil), Latino USA and A Most Imperfect Union (both with Lalo Alcaraz), and El Iluminado (with Steven Sheinkin). You even have a fotonovela, [email protected]:53AM (with Marcelo Brodsky). Why the move to create [...]