After graduating in May 2019 with my Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Romance Languages and Literatures, I am currently a Teaching Postdoctoral Scholar and Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies at DePauw University. While my current research focuses on Mexico, my teaching seeks to include Mexico’s Northern and Southern neighbors, helping students at all language learning levels locate current debates and policies regarding foreign intervention, borders, environment, race and immigration. Part of this work includes teaching that Spanish is not a foreign language in the U.S. and valuing heritage Spanish speakers.

My interest in Mexico began when I studied with three autonomous social movements: the Zapatistas in Chiapas, a rural-urban coalition in Tlaxcala, and a housing settlement cooperative in Mexico City. These experiences, along with others in Mexico and Central America, have given me valuable insight into popular education, solidarity work, the power of autonomous community organizing, and the often complicated relationship between social movements, NGOs, and the state.

While I am guided by theoretical and social questions inspired by critical race theory, social reproduction and marxist feminisms, and the environmental humanities, I believe that the often unexpected ways that literature and film stages conflicts and narratives is essential to advancing critical thought on the most pressing issues of our time. Latin American cultural production has consistently been a privileged method through which I analyze the dynamic relationships between race, labor, and the environment to better understand constructions of human and non-human nature in the capitalist world system.

Follow me on Twitter @AnderssonPaige and LinkedIn or send me an email at paigeandersson@depauw.edu. Above photo taken in El Petén, Guatemala.