Héctor Calderón

E-mail: hcaldero@ucla.edu Phone: 310-825-1220 Office: 5303 Rolfe Hall

Faculty Affiliate, The UCLA César E. Chávez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies

Professor Héctor Calderón is a specialist in Spanish American, Mexican, and Chicano literature and cultures. He began his career in Spanish American literature and early modern Spain. His Conciencia y lenguaje en “El Quijote” y “El obsceno pájaro de la noche” (Pliegos 1987) examines two classic novels within their respective modern and postmodern contexts. However, Calderón is most widely known for his contributions to Chicano literary studies.  He is one the field’s leading figures.  His co-edited anthology Criticism in the Borderlands (Duke 1991) is considered one of the founding works in the field.   His most recent book is Narratives of Greater Mexico: Essays on Chicano Literary History, Genre, and Borders (Texas 2005). Calderón’s numerous publications have concentrated on border studies and the North American Mexican cultural diaspora. His current research projects include Mexican literature, film, and rock and Mexican American fiction of Los Angeles.    His forthcoming publications include “The Chicana and Chicano Literary Canon“  for the Routledge Companion to Latino/a Studies and “Interview with Héctor Calderón” for White Rabbit: English Studies in Latin America.

At UCLA, Professor Calderon was founding Chair of the César E. Chávez Center (1994).  He has also served as Director of the University of California, Education Abroad Program’s Mexico Study Center (2004-2008) and founding Executive Director of la Casa de la Universidad de California en México, A.C. (2006-2008).   Prior to coming to UCLA in 1991, Calderón was Professor at Scripps College (1989-1991) and Associate Professor at Yale University (1983-1989).

Professor Calderón has a Ph.D. in Latin American Literature with a Minor in Comparative Literature from Yale University (1981) where he studied with Peter Brooks, Alfred J. MacAdam and Emir Rodríguez Monegal .  As a graduate student at Yale, he was accepted to The School of Criticism and Theory (1978) working with Wolfgang Iser and Fredric Jameson.  He has been Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Humanities Center (1986-1987) and Visiting Professor in the Department of English at Harvard University (1996-1997).


  • Ph.D. (1981) Spanish & Portuguese and Comparative Literature, Yale University
  • M.A. (1975) Spanish Literature, University of California, Irvine
  • (1977) School of Criticism and Theory


  • Chicana and Chicano Narrative
  • Mexican Literature, Film, and Music
  • U.S. Latino Studies
  • Border Studies
  • Rock en Español




Bridget Kevane,”The Autobiographical Voice and the Making of the Self in Bernardo Vega, Sandra Cisneros, Rigoberta Menchú and El Inca Garcilaso de la Vega,” 1996. Professor, Montanta State University.

Jeffrey Lamb, “Identities on the Margin: Perspectives on Sandra Cisneros, Rosina Conde, Luis Humberto Crossthwaite, and Alejandro Morales,” 1997.  Professor and Interim Dean, The School of Liberal Arts, Solano Community College

Juanita Heredia, “Latina Writers in the United States: At the Borderlands of a Pan-American Boom,” 1998. Professor, Northern Arizona University.

Sandra Perez-Linggi, “The Nuevomexicano Literary Tradition: From Spanish Conquest to Statehood,” 2002. Professor, California State University, Fullerton.

Ariel Tumbaga, “Yaqui Warrior Myth: Representations in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Chicana/o and Mexican Cultural Productions and Literature,” 2009. Assistant Professor, Southern Oregon University.

Oriel Maria Siu, “Novelas de la diaspora centroamericana y la colonialidad del poder: Hacia una aproximacion de-colonial al estudio de las literaturas centroamericanas,” 2012. Assistant Professor and Founding Director Latino/a Studies, University of Puget Sound.

Carolyn Gonzalez, “Las Insometidas de la Ciudad de Mexico: The Novel of Prostitution in Antonia Mora, Sara Sefchovich, and Cristina Rivera Garza.” 2014.  Faculty Fellow, UCLA.

Sandra Ruiz, “Escrito con Tinta Roja: The Feminist Investigator in the Fiction of Maria Elvira Bermudez, Myriam Laurini, and Patricia Valladares.” 2014. Visiting Lecturer, UCLA Cesar E. Chavez Department of Chicana/o Studies.

Audrey Harris, “De lo más pobre y de los más lindo: Transnational Borges and Sandra Cisneros.” 2016. Assistant Adjunct Professor UCLA, Spanish and Portuguese, 2016-2017.

Alejandro Ramirez Mendez, “Urban Tremors or the Will to Collapse: An Analysis of Urban Narratives of Mexico City in the Age of Late Capitalism.” In Progress.

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