David Laraway received his PhD in Romance Studies (Hispanic Literature) from Cornell University in 1998. In addition to Árbol de imágenes: nueva historia de la poesía hispanoamericana (with Merlin H. Forster), he is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on a wide range of topics in Hispanic literature and culture, from modernista poetry to contemporary Basque narrative to Chilean cyberpunk. In 2015 he completed a second PhD in Philosophy, Art, and Social Thought at the European Graduate School (EGS) in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, where he took seminars from Simon Critchley, Slavoj Zizek, Michael Hardt, and Lev Manovich, among others. In 2018 he published American Idiots: Outsider Music, Outsider Art, and the Philosophy of Incompetence (New York: Atropos). In 2020, he published Borges and Black Mirror (New York: Palgrave-Macmillan). He served as the chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese from 2011-2017 and of the Department of Philosophy from 2019-22. He has been appointed the Todd A. Britsch Professor of the Humanities at BYU (2021-2026).
Research InterestsHispanic Literature and Culture; Basque and Basque-American Literature and Culture; Philosophy of Art; History of Philosophy; Philosophy in the Spanish-speaking World
Teaching InterestsHispanic Literature and Culture; Basque and Basque-American Literature and Culture; Philosophy of Art; History of Philosophy; Philosophy in the Spanish-speaking World
- PhD, Philosophy, Art, and Social Thought , European Graduate School (2015)
- PHD, ROMANCE STUDIES, HISPANIC LITERATURE , CORNELL UNIVERSITY (1998)
- Philosophy: Department Chair (2019 - 2022)
- Spanish & Portuguese: Department Chair (2011 - 2017)