Contact Info

Campus Mail
Drawer 15

Phone
765-983-1463

E-mail
cabalju@earlham.edu

Office
235 Carpenter Hall

Office Hours
9.30-10.30 M-F, 2.30-4.30 Tu/Fr

Website
Website Link

Juan Caballero

Assistant Professor of Spanish and Hispanic Studies


Programs/Departments

  • Spanish and Hispanic Studies
  • Languages & Literatures

Degrees

  • Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley
  • B.A., University of California at Santa Cruz


Selected Courses

Some of the funnest classes for me to teach are surveys for non-majors or geographical surveys-- there's something liberating about not having to be an expert, and about a room full of people exploring and reacting to texts, trying to imagine what cultural moment could've produced them, what audience could've seen themselves in them. I've taught courses on crime fiction and politics of the US/Mexico border, on revisionism and race in Californian literature, on race in Latin American literature, and on "the literary detective novel" phenomenom across Latin America.

Biography

The most enjoyable classes to teach, according to Juan Caballero, are not necessarily the ones designed for literature majors. “There’s something liberating about not having to be an expert,” he says, "and about a room full of people exploring and reacting to texts, trying to imagine what cultural moment could've produced them, what audience could've seen themselves in them.”

Caballero also appreciates the type of students at the College. “They don't blame the teacher when the class is hard,” he says, "they just put more time in and get it done.”

Caballero’s research interests primarily focus on genre theory, crime fiction, political interventions staged in literary and/or popular fiction, and revisionist/contestatory historiography. "As a first generation immigrant and Californian,” he says, "I have also researched and taught about immigration, critical race studies, and US-Latin issues as well.”

Professional Memberships

  • MLA
  • ACLA
  • LASA

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