Carlos J. Alonso

Morris A. and Alma Shapiro Professor in the Humanities

Dean of the Graduate School of the Arts and Sciences
Columbia University

Carlos J. Alonso came to the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures at Columbia in Fall 2005 from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was the Edwin B. and Leonore R. Williams Professor of Romance Languages. He specializes in 19th- and 20th-century Latin American intellectual history and cultural production, and in contemporary literary and cultural theory. He is the author of Modernity and Autochthony: The Spanish American Regional Novel, The Burden of Modernity: The Rhetoric of Cultural Discourse in Spanish America, and editor of Julio Cortázar: New Readings. He was also Editor of PMLA, the scholarly journal of the Modern Language Association of America, during 2000-03, and edited the Hispanic Review in 2003-05—a period that ushered in changes that led to an award in 2005 for best journal design by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. While at Penn, Prof. Alonso was the recipient of a Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, the university's highest award for pedagogical excellence.

At Columbia he has taught recently the required graduate seminar on "Literary and Cultural Theory" and "Theories of Culture in Latin America," and has been Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society. Under his editorship, the Revista Hispánica Moderna received the 2009 Council of Editors of Learned Journals' Phoenix Award for Significant Editorial Achievement. Prof. Alonso became Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in July 2011. He is currently working on a study of the lyric as a form of ideological interpellation.

Prof. Alonso became Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in July 2011.