Zavalza Hough-Snee, Dexter

(B.A. University of Chicago; M.A. San Diego State University)

I teach language, literature, and culture courses that challenge students to critically reflect on the deep historical and narrative origins of popular culture in Latin(o) America, with particular attention to the indigenous, colonial, and economic foundations of modern Spanish America. The primary goal of my teaching is to help students cultivate an understanding of how language and culture operate in order to improve our abilities to use both in living better lives and building a better world.

I research and write about the relationship of sports—and particularly surfing—to the humanities, the environment, indigenismo, and civil society in contemporary Latin America, focusing on Peru, Mexico, Brazil, and California. My cultural studies work draws from my primary training and dissertation research in colonial Latin American literatures and visual cultures focused on labor, anxiety, and expressions of alienation in Peru, 1570-1640.
My recent publications include The Critical Surf Studies Reader (Duke University Press, 2017) and Estudios de la sátira hispanoamericana colonial & Estudos da sátira Brasil-colônia (Madrid: Iberoamericana/Vervuert, 2015), as well as numerous book chapters, articles, and reviews in the fields of colonial Latin American studies and contemporary Latin(o) American cultural studies. My public humanities work has been featured in print and online in Latin America, the United States, and Spain.

Institutional support from the Fulbright Commission, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Education, the Social Sciences Research Council, the Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities, the Bancroft Library, the Teagle Foundation, and the University of California, Berkeley has been invaluable to my work. I am tremendously grateful for the opportunities afforded by each of these institutions.