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Pablo Zavala

Assistant Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies

Pablo Zavala
Pablo Zavala

Dr. Pablo Zavala's research centers on the fields of Mexican and Latin American literary, visual, and cultural studies, which he explores to further understand and deconstruct identity fictions in the cultural constellation of left-wing politics, State formation, and the printed press.


In both his scholarship and his teaching, he employs intermedial cultural representations that engage the ideological and biopolitical structures of subjectivity formation and the theoretical tools to approach them from a critical perspective. In his research and in relevant classrooms, he engages with ideas from the field of print studies and theories on “the people,” and challenges conventional interpretations of national traditions and literatures.

At Loyola University New Orleans, he teaches Spanish language as well as Latin American culture courses.

Recent Publications

  • “Pueblo y modernidad: subjetividades colectivas y espacios públicos en El Universal Ilustrado y El Machete (1917-1925),” Las culturas de la prensa, 1880-1930. Viviane Mahieux (UC Irvine) and Yanna Hadatty Mora (UNAM), eds. UNAM. Ediciones especiales. Forthcoming.
  • “The Perfect Spectatorship: Culture and Criticism in Mexico’s La dictadura perfecta (2014) and ‘Ingobernable’ (2017-),” Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas 16.2 (2019): 251-69.
  • “La producción antifeminicidista mexicana: autoría, representación y feminismo en la frontera juarense,” Chasqui: Revista de Literatura Latinoamericana 45.2 (2016): 57-69.
  • “Ideally Necessary Laws of Nature,” Southwest Philosophical Studies 34 (2015): 21-6.


Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis; M.A., University of Wyoming; B.A., University of Texas, El Paso.

Classes Taught

  • American Culture Studies: Latinx Experiences in the U.S.
  • Mexican Food Cultures
  • Medical Spanish
  • Latin American Literatures and Cultures
  • Elementary and Intermediate Spanish
  • First Year Spanish I and II

Areas of Expertise

Mexican and Latin American literature and visual culture, print media, and border and latinx studies.