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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. His work is undergirded by Marxist methodologies.

His book, Printing a People: How Collective Subjectivities Were Imagined in Greater Post-Revolutionary Mexico, is currently under contract with the University of Arizona Press. In it, he draws theoretical analysis from literary, visual, and cultural studies to argue that the illustrated newspapers, magazines, broadsheets, and booklets that circulated in the country during and after the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920) constructed a concept of “the people” that challenged the hegemonic formations of identity and the nation. He’s published articles in Southwest Philosophical Studies, Chasqui: Revista de Literatura Latinoamericana, Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas, and A Contracorriente: una revista de estudios latinoamericanos.

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

Recent Publications

  • Forthcoming - “Maquila Hauntings: Maquilapolis: City of Factories (Funari and de la Torre 2006), Global Capitalism, and Spectrality in the Maquiladora Industry on the Mexican Border.” A Contracorriente: una revista de estudios latinoamericanos.
  • “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. 2022.
  • “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.