Department of English

Frederick Luis Aldama

ProfessorPhD, Stanford

Jacob & Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities & Affiliate Faculty Radio-Television-Film as well as Adjunct Professor and Distinguished University Professor at the Ohio State University
Frederick Luis Aldama


  • Phone: 5103679112
  • Office: Patton Hall 410
  • Office Hours: TBD


Latinx/BIPOC Comic books, TV, film and pop culture generally


Professor Latinx Teaching

Frederick Luis Aldama, also known as Professor Latinx, is the Jacob & Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at the University of Texas, Austin. He also holds a Faculty Affiliate appointment with UT Austin's Radio-Television-Film as well as Adjunct Professor at The Ohio State University. He is the award-winning author of over 48 books, including an Eisner Award for Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics. He is editor and coeditor of 9 academic press book series, including the editor of Latinographix that publishes Latinx comics. He is the creator of the first documentary on the history of Latinx superheroes and founder and director of UT’s Latinx Pop Lab. In 2021, the Spanish translation of his kid's book The Adventures of Chupacabra Charlie (2020) will be released in Spanish and he will debut his animation film based on the adventures of Chupacabra Charlie.


E 314J • Intro To Comics Studies

35814 • Fall 2021
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM RLP 1.108

E 314J  l  Introduction to Comics Studies

Instructor:  Aldama, F

Unique #:  35814

Semester:  Fall 2021

Cross-lists:  n/a


Prerequisites:  One of the following: E 303C (or 603A), RHE 306, 306Q, or T C 303C (or 603A).

Description:  Identified variously as a hybrid and impure storytelling form, comics as the “happy monster” troubles established orders and hierarchies: highbrow vs. lowbrow; visual vs. alphabetic narrative; childhood vs. adulthood; creator vs. creators; individual vs. collective; self vs. otherness.  In this course we will explore how creators (singular or plural) use visual and verbal devices (perspective, framing and layout, gutters, lettering style, for instance) to shape nonfictions and fictions across a variety of genres: sci-fi, fantasy, romance, YA, testimonial, and horror.  We will learn different approaches, methods, and key concepts in the study of comics.  We will explore how comics are a planetary storytelling phenomenon and a storytelling form grown within specific times (history) and places (regions).  Finally, we will consider how comics wake readers to new ways of perceiving, thinking, and feeling about sociopolitical issues—and the world we inhabit generally.

No background in comics is required.

Requirements include:  Weekly reading and discussing of comics and comics theory.  Weekly short and informal responses to discussion board prompts. 3 papers (5-7 pages each).

Required reading:  Charles Hatfield and Bart Beaty’s Comics Studies: A Guidebook; Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home; Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Vol. 1; Saladin Ahmed & Javier Garrón’s Miles Morales: Spider-Man #1 & #2; Aldama’s “Dora” & “It Could’ve Been”; Augusto Mora’s Illegal Cargo; Eric Garcia & Tony Medina, Stacey Robinson, & John Jennings’ I Am Alfonso Jones; Alex Sanchez & Julie Maroh You Brought Me the Ocean; Carmen Maria Machado & Dani’s The Low, Low Woods.

E 395M • Latinx Pop Culture

36735 • Fall 2021
Meets T 5:00PM-8:00PM RLP 0.124
(also listed as RTF 386)

Latinx Pop Culture

Professor Frederick Luis Aldama

Description: In this course, we will explore how pop cultural phenomena by and about Latinxs grows from and engages with different US sociopolitical, historical, ancestral, and regional contexts. We will critically engage with comics, TV shows, films, performance art, music videos, as well as web and digital media. We will learn about the different critical approaches and methods in the study of Latinx pop culture. We will contextualize and assess key critical interpretations, perspectives, development, and debates in Latinx pop cultural studies. We will critically examine how all variety of Latinx pop cultural phenomena as it interfaces with issues of creative and consumptive practices informed by religion, race, class, gender, and sexuality. Through our shared inquiry we will sharpen our critical thinking about the challenges and the prospects reflected in pop culture by and about Latinxs. 

Requirements include: Weekly reading and discussing of assigned Latinx pop cultural object. Weekly informal response to discussion board prompts. 1 research paper (15-20pp).

Required Readings/Viewings

Films: Aurora Guerrero’s Mosquita & Mara; Patricia Cardoso’s Real Women Have Curves; Alex Rivera’s Sleep Dealer; Benjamin Bratt’s La Mission; Jorge Gutierrez’s Book of Life; R. Rodriguez’s Alita; Lee Unkrich & Adrian Molina’s Coco; Karyn Kusama’s Girlfight; Miguel Picker & Chyng Sun’s Latinos Beyond Reel; Frances Negrón-Muntaner’s “The Latino Media Gap: the State of Latinos in U.S. Media.”

TV Shows (episodes TBD): Gentefied; Mr. Iglesias; Saved by the Bell (Peacock reboot); Coyote; Vida.

Nonfiction/fiction: Aldama’s (ed) Tales from la Vida; Medina, Robinson, Jennings’ I am Alfonso Jones; Ledesma’s Diary of a Reluctant Dreamer; Daniel Joe Older’s Shadowsaper; Ben Saenz Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe; Cristy Road Spit & Passion.

Theory selections from: Aldama’s Your Brain on Latino Comics; Aldama’s (ed) Latinx Ciné in the 21st Century; Herrera and Boffone’s (eds) Nerds, Goths, Geeks, and Freaks; A. & F. Aldama’s (eds.) Latinx Masculinities; Aldama’s Latino/a Children and Young Adult Writers on the Art of Storytelling; Aldama’s (ed) The Routledge Companion to Latino/a Pop Culture; Domino Perez and Rachel Gonález Race & Cultural Practice in Popular Culture; Isabel Molina-Guzmán’s Latinas and Latinos on TV.

Professor Latinx

Professor Latinx