Appointed By: Barack Obama
Date of Appointment: Mon, 2013-01-07
Term Expiration: Fri, 2018-01-26
Ramón Saldívar is a professor of English and Comparative Literature and the Hoagland Family Professor of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University. He was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama in 2012. A co-winner in 2006 of the Modern Language Association Prize in US Latina and Latino and Chicana and Chicano Literary and Cultural Studies for his book, The Borderlands of Culture: Américo Paredes and the Transnational Imaginary (Duke, 2006), he is currently working on a new project, tentatively titled “The Racial Imaginary: Speculative Realism and Historical Fantasy in Contemporary American Fiction.” His teaching and research focus on the areas of literary criticism and literary theory, the history of the novel, 19th, 20th, and early 21st century literary studies, cultural studies, globalization and issues concerning transnationalism, and Latino and Latina studies. At Stanford, he has been director of the Bing Overseas Studies Program since 2012.