Daniel Chávez

Daniel Chavez

Associate Professor
Office: Languages, Literatures, & Cultures, Murkland Hall Rm 210D, Durham, NH 03824
Pronouns: He/him/his

Daniel Chávez is associate professor of Latin American and LatinX studies at the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of New Hampshire. He obtained a degree in biochemical engineering from the ITESM (Monterrey and Queretaro, Mexico), an M.A. in Spanish and an M.A. Latin American studies from Ohio University, and his Ph.D. in Romance languages from the University of Michigan. He also holds a certification in film studies from the latter. Professor Chávez has taught at the universities of Oregon, Virginia, Kentucky and Washington University in St. Louis as well as Vassar and Middlebury college. The author of numerous articles on film, Latin American literature and new media studies, he is currently working on a third book, a study of new media representations of Mexican and Mexican American history and culture. Vanderbilt University Press published his book on the cultural and political history of Nicaragua: "Nicaragua and the Politics of Utopia", this work was included in the list "Best of Books of 2016" by Foreign Affairs journal. His teaching and research interests include Latin American and LatinX film and visual culture, 20th & 21st Century Latin American literature and cultural studies, LatinX crime novel, and Mexican and Central American novel and poetry. His book of poems "Visiones en luna agreste y nitrato de plata," received the Efraín Huerta National Poetry Award in Mexico in 2010.

Courses Taught

  • LLC 444I: US Latinx Cities
  • LLC 540: Film History
  • LLC 552: Comparative Literature II
  • LLC/SPAN 535B: Prof Cult Latin Amer -Case Sty
  • SPAN 503: Intermediate Spanish I
  • SPAN 504: Intermediate Spanish II
  • SPAN 631: Adv Conversation&Compositn I
  • SPAN 632: Adv Conversation &Compositn II
  • SPAN 797/897: Top/Hispanic Film Studies


  • Ph.D., Romance Languages, University of Michigan
  • M.A., Ohio University
  • M.A., Ohio University
  • B.S., Instituto Tech Monterrey

Research Interests

  • Contemporary Mexican literature
  • Contemporary Nicaraguan literature
  • Latinx studies
  • Politics and literature
  • Visual culture

Selected Publications

  • Chávez Landeros, D. (2023). The Fall of Virtuous Men: Mexican Film Noir, and the Crisis of Values in the Postrevolutionary State, 1950–1959. Latin American Research Review, 58(4), 797-816. doi:10.1017/lar.2023.11

  • Chávez Landeros, D. (2023). Fábula del Poder, Corporalidad, Biopolítica y Violencia en la Narrativa de Sergio Ramírez. Purdue University Press. Retrieved from https://www.press.purdue.edu/9781612499062/

  • Chavez, D. (2020). Cosmopolitan Don Juan, Mauricio Garcés and the Myth of the Modern Mexican Dandy. In C. Garcia de la Rasilla, & J. Abril Sánchez (Eds.), Immature Playboys and Predatory Tricksters: Studies in the Sources, Scope and Reach of Don Juan (pp. 279-299). Newark, DE: Juan de la Cuesta.

  • Chavez, D. (2018). Dialéctica de la mirada y la voz, Octavio Paz: el poeta junto al fotógrafo. A Contracorriente, 16(1), 128-147. Retrieved from https://acontracorriente.chass.ncsu.edu/

  • Chavez, D. (2016). Film Adaptation and Transnational Cultures of Production: The Case of Guillermo Arriaga. A Contracorriente: A Journal of Social History and Literature in Latin America, 13(3), 127-156.

  • Chavez, D. (2015). Versiones en Luna Agreste y Nitrato de Plata. Tampico, Tamaulipas. Mexico: Gobierno Municipal de Tampico / Ediciones Café Cultura.

  • Chávez, D. (2015). Nicaragua and the Politics of Utopia: Development and Culture in the Modern State. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press.

  • Chávez, D. (2012). From Miss Cristera to the Desert Within: Towards a contemporary war of images in Mexico. Studies in Hispanic Cinemas, 9(1), 63-79. doi:10.1386/shci.9.1.63_1

  • Chávez, D. (2011). El coronel no tiene con quien jugar: representaciones latinoamericanas en la literatura y el videojuego. Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, 14(1), 159-176. doi:10.1353/hcs.2011.0416

  • Chavez, D. (2010). THE EAGLE AND THE SERPENT ON THE SCREEN The State as Spectacle in Mexican Cinema. LATIN AMERICAN RESEARCH REVIEW, 45(3), 115-141. Retrieved from https://www.webofscience.com/

  • Chávez, D. (2007). Technologies of the Self and the Body in Octavio Paz's "The Works of the Poet". Revista Hispánica Moderna, 60(1), 15-33. doi:10.1353/rhm.2007.0002

  • Chávez, D. (2006). Globalizing Tequila: Mexican Television's Representations of the Neoliberal Reconversion of Land and Labor. Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, 10(1), 187-203. doi:10.1353/hcs.2007.0012