Daniel Chavez

Office: Languages, Literatures, & Cultures, Murkland Hall Rm 210D, Durham, NH 03824
Daniel Chávez

Daniel Chávez is assistant professor of Latin American and Latino 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.


  • 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

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. (2017). Línea de Flotación (Vol. XIX). Monterrey, Nuevo León. México: Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (UANL) México. Retrieved from http://editorialuniversitaria.uanl.mx/

Chavez, D. (2016). Film Adaptation and Transnational Cultures of Production: The Case of Guillermo Arriaga. 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 UP.

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

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 http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/

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

Swales, J. M., Ahmad, U. K., Chang, Y. Y., Chavez, D., Dressen, D. F., & Seymour, R. (1998). Consider this: The role of imperatives in scholarly writing. APPLIED LINGUISTICS, 19(1), 97-121. doi:10.1093/applin/19.1.97

Daniel Chávez. (1998). El Barzón: Performing Resistance in Contemporary Mexico. Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, 2(1), 87-112. doi:10.1353/hcs.2011.0007

Most Cited Publications