Alejandro Enríquez, Ph. D.


I am Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Illinois State University.  I have an M. A. in Hispanic Literatures and a Ph.D. in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Linguistics from the University of Minnesota.

My teaching experience includes all levels of Spanish language courses, advanced grammar and composition, as well as survey and topic courses in Hispanic literature, culture, and film.  I truly enjoy the classroom experience and the interaction with students that comes with it. I am always thrilled to observe my students progress toward their academic goals, being either the acquisition or improvement of language proficiency, the perfection of grammar and composition, or the mastery and nuanced understanding of complex cultural texts.

My research focuses on the discursive production (a term meant to suggest all kinds of written texts, besides the traditional notion of literature) of the colonial period in Spanish America.  I am particularly interested in the writings of Franciscan friars charged with converting the Indigenous Maya into Christianity during the 16th and 17th centuries in colonial Yucatán, México.  My scholarly articles have appeared in journals such as Chasqui: revista de literatura latinoamericana, Studies in Latin American Popular Studies, and Torre de papel:  Journal of Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literature, Film, Culture and Linguistics.  I have presented my work at national and international conferences, such as the LASA congresses in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and in Montréal, Canada, as well as in the 10th Jornadas de estudios culturales in Mexico City, México.

I live in Bloomington with my spouse Julie, our two boys, Alejo and Javier, and our cats, Emmy Lou and Rocky.



Stevenson Hall 213


MF 2:00-3:00, W 10:00-12:00, and by appointment


Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Illinois State University

Campus Box 4300

Normal. IL 61790-4300

Voice: (309) 438-3583