Tomás Hidalgo Nava (CFS-track) is originally from Mexico City. He is joining the Department of Spanish & Portuguese as an Assistant Teaching Professor after working for seven years for Villanova University in the Greater Philadelphia area. Professor Hidalgo Nava holds a PhD in Hispanic Literature from The Pennsylvania State University (2015), an MA in Comparative Literature from Brigham Young University (2004), and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (2001). He is interested in studying the literary and audiovisual arts as vehicles of awareness and criticism regarding the perverse functions of violence both in Latin American and Mexican societies. He has also delved into the overlapping of fiction and reality, the uses of radio as means of memory and resistance in Cuba, and the role of literature, graphic novels, paintings, films, and other media in denouncing diverse human rights violations in Latin America. Latinx literature, film, and art are included in his areas of interest as well. Aside from his academic activities, Professor Hidalgo Nava has worked in the fields of journalism and public relations. He is an animal lover, a martial arts practitioner, a Mexican and Japanese food fan, and enjoys going hiking and to the beach with his family.
Research Interests-Representations of political violence in Mexican and Latin American Literature, Arts & Film.
-The roles of literature, graphic novels, paintings, films, and other media in denouncing diverse human rights violations in Latin America.
-Mexican Dirty War novels and short stories.
Teaching Interests-Mexican and Latin American narrative and film.
-The uses of Literature and Arts to promote and create awareness about Human Rights and denounce its violations.
-Latin American testimonial literature.
-Latinx Literature and Culture.