Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Adela Pineda Franco


Professor, Director of The Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American studies
Adela Pineda Franco



Adela Pineda Franco is Lozano Long Endowed Professor in Latin American Literary and Cultural Studies, and the Director of LLILAS, at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining UT, she was Professor of Latin American Literature and Film at Boston University, where she also founded the Center of Latin American Studies.
Her scholarly work situates the study of specific literary and cinematic phenomena within transnational contexts and comparative, interdisciplinary frameworks, addressing the relationships between culture, politics, intellectual thought, and technology. Over a series of publications about the turn of the nineteenth century, she has approached the study of literature as a transatlantic cultural phenomenon, and in relation to other media, in particular print journalism and visual technologies. Her books on Mexican cultural studies bring forward unforeseen connections among apparently disparate fields to shape the intermingled contexts of specific historical actors and processes. Her award-winning book on American writer John Steinbeck examines the intertwined histories of Mexico and the United States through a joint, transnational approach of the two countries, and decolonizes Steinbeck’s American literary historiography through a Mexican and cross-border vantage point. She is also well-known for her research on the international significance of the cultures of the Mexican Revolution.

Pineda Franco is author of:

The Mexican Revolution on the World Stage: Intellectuals and Film in the Twentieth Century. SUNY Press, 2019

Steinbeck y México. Una mirada cinematográfica en la era de la hegemonía estadounidense. Bonilla y Artiga Editores, 2018

Las travesías de John Steinbeck por México, el cine y las vicisitudes del progreso (2017)

Geopolíticas de la cultura finisecular en Buenos Aires, París y México: las revistas literarias y el modernismo (2006)

 She has co-edited:

Open Borders to a Revolution: Culture, Politics and Migration. (2013 with Magdalena Mieri and Jaime Marroquín. 

Cinéma et Turbulences Politiques en Amérique Latine (2012 with Jimena Obregón Iturra) 

Alfonso Reyes y los estudios latinoamericanos (2004 with Ignacio Sánchez Prado)

Hacia El Paisaje Del Mezcal: Viajeros Norteamericanos En Mexico, Siglos XIX Y XX (2001 with Leticia Brauchli)

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