Center Director

Adela E. Pineda

Adela E. Pineda
Professor of Spanish & Director of Latin American Studies

BA, Universidad de la Américas (Mexico)
MA, University of Texas
PhD, University of Texas

Office: 718 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 502D
Phone: 617-353-6206

Research and Teaching

Professor Pineda’s research interests focus on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Spanish American literature, culture, and film and on the relationship between politics and culture.  She is the author of Geopolíticas de la cultura finisecular en Buenos Aires, París y México: las revistas literarias y el modernismo (Pittsburgh: Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana, 2006), Steinbeck y México. Una mirada cinematográfica en la era de la hegemonía estadounidense (Bonilla y Artiga Editores, 2018) and The Mexican Revolution on the World Stage: Intellectuals and Film in the Twentieth Century (State University of New York Press, 2019).

She has also co-edited four volumes:  with Leticia Brauchli, Hacia el país del mezcal, a medley of American travel accounts about Mexico; with Ignacio Sánchez Prado, Alfonso Reyes y los estudios latinoamericanos, a collection of critical essays that examine this distinguished Mexican humanist’s thought within the context of contemporary theory, with Jimena Obregón Iturra, Cinéma et turbulences politiques en Amérique Latine, a collection of critical essays on cinema and politics in Latin America, published by Prenses Universitares de Rennes in France, and with Jaime Marroquín and Magdalena Mieri, Open Borders to a Revolution, a book centering on the impact of the Mexican Revolution in U.S.-Mexico relations (in Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press).

Professor Pineda was awarded a grant by the US-Mexico Fund for Culture and the Rockefeller Foundation, and was a member of the Sistema Nacional de Investigadores (SNI) in Mexico (1999-2001).  She has held the Chair of the Americas at the University of Rennes in France, and has been a visiting professor at Brown University and M.I.T.  Among the courses she teaches are those on nineteenth-century Spanish American literature; Latin American Modernismo; Mexico City in Film and Literature; and the cultural manifestations of the Mexican Revolution. She is also a faculty member in the Latin American Studies Program at Boston University.

Professor Pineda is the receipient of the 2016 Malcolm Lowry Award, granted by the National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico (Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes) for her manuscript on Steinbeck and Mexico.

Read about Professor Pineda’s research on Mexican Film.