I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (PhD, University of Utah, 2017).
I am from a small town named Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua, México. I moved to the United States in 1996 and have lived most of my life in the shadows of terms like “undocumented immigrant” and “illegal alien.” Today, I study discourses of death and violence in contemporary México. I am interested in rhetorics of modernity including free trade, human migrations, transnationalism, indigeneity, and colonialism.
I recently joined the Humanities on the Edge organizing committee at UNL. We will host a stellar line-up of speakers for our 2018-19 academic year (no joking, stay tuned).
I am fluent in Spanish and English. I also studied German in high school and in college. Recently, I have been studying Náhuatl and Portuguese. I am a former member of the Náhuatl Club and of the Club Avanzado de Español at the University of Utah.
My partner in crime, Natalie Scenters-Zapico, is a poet from the sister cities of Juárez-El Paso.
Find me at @xangelmaldo