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Miguel Cabañas
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Miguel Cabañas


Degree: Ph.D in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies, University of Connecticut         

Position: Associate Professor of Spanish

Research Interest: Violence and Drug trafficking (The War on Drugs in Colombia, Mexico, and the United States); Travel   literature; Popular Culture (music, telenovelas, comics); Latin American Literature and Culture; Chicano/Latino Studies; World Literature; Globalization and Diasporas; Cultural
Studies; Film; Literary Theory; 19th-Century Short Fiction.

Campus Address: B-457 Wells Hall

Phone: (517) 884-6346 

Email: mcabanas@msu.edu


Miguel A. Cabañas is Associate Professor of Latin American and Chicano/Latino Studies at Michigan State University. He is the author of The Cultural “Other” in Nineteenth-Century Travel Narratives: How the United States and Latin America Described Each Other (Edwin Mellen Press, 2008). He is edited a special volume of Latin American Perspectives entitled “Imagined Narcoscapes: Narco-Culture, and the Politics of Representation.” (March 2014). He has also edited with Gary Totten, Jeanne Dubino, Veronica Salles Reese, Politics, Identity, and Mobility in Travel Writing. New York: Routledge, 2015.

 His main present research project is a monograph that deals with the global War on Drugs and urban violence. His research focuses on travel literature, Latin American and North American literatures and cultures, with a special emphasis in popular culture (film, music, telenovelas, comics). In 2008-2009, he was Co-Director of Peace and Justice Studies at MSU. He is core-faculty of Chicano/Latino Studies (CLS) and Global Studies in the Arts and the Humanities (GSAH), and the Center for Caribbean and Latin American Studies at Michigan State University. He has been a visiting researcher at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in Mexico City and at the Universidad de Antioquia in Medellín, Colombia. He also has taught in the Literature Master program at the Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa (UAS) and was affiliated faculty to the Masters Program, Investigación de Estudios Culturales, Universidad EAFIT, Medellín, Colombia (2007- 2010). Miguel was the graduate adviser for Spanish (2012-2014) in the department of Romance and Classical Studies.

Currently he is the faculty advisor to the MSU Study Abroad program in Quito, Ecuador (Spring 2015-present)


Graduate Courses:

Spanish 873: Gabriel García Márquez

Spanish 875: Latin American Popular Culture

Spanish 807: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

Spanish 840: The Representation of Violence in 20th Century Latin American Literature

Spanish 836: Nineteenth-Century Latin American

Undergraduate Courses:

Spanish 491: Reading and Translation (hybrid and fully online)

Spanish 472: Topics in the Latin American Literature: An Introduction to Mexican

(American) Travel Literature

Spanish 472: Topics in the Latin American Literature: Violence and Globalization in

Latin American Literature and Culture

Spanish 472:  Topics in Latin American Literature: Tales of Horror, Crime, and Mystery

Spanish 432: Latin/o America and its Literature

Spanish 412: Latin/o American Popular Music

Spanish 412: Hispanic Popular Music (Spain and Latin America)

Spanish 350: Introduction to Reading Hispanic Literatures

Spanish 342: Media and Conversation


Articles in Academic Journal and Books:

“Tijuana y Los Angeles: La fronterización de la identidad chicana/latina.” Cityscapes: Urban 
and Human Cartographies. Biblioteca Benjamin Franklin (Accepted April 2015; Forthcoming September             2015).

Miguel Cabañas, Jeanne Dubino, Veronica Salles-Reese, Gary Totten. “Introduction: 
Politics, Identity, and Mobility in Travel Writing.” Politics, Identity, and Mobility in 
Travel Writing, edited by Miguel A. Cabañas, Jeanne Dubino, Veronica Salles Reese, and Gary Totten. New York: Routledge, 2015

“Traveling Lies: Bruce Chatwin’s In Patagonia And Adrián Giménez Hutton’s La Patagonia 
De Chatwin.” Politics, Identity, and Mobility in Travel Writing, edited by Miguel A. Cabañas, Jeanne Dubino, Veronica Salles Reese, and Gary Totten. New York: Routledge, 2015

“Introduction: Imagined Narcoscapes: Narco-Culture, and the Politics of Representation” 
Latin American Perspectives 195: 41. 2 (March 2014): 3-17. Print.

“Globalization and Other Acts of Violence: Power and Death in the Mexican-Sinaloan 
Novel.” Voices of Mexico 97 (Autumn-Winter 2013-2014): 33-37. Print.

“Narcotelenovelas, Gender, and Globalization in Sin tetas no hay paraíso” Latin American 
Perspectives 184, 39:3 (May 2012): 74-87. Print.

“Los viajeros mexicanos contemporáneos y sus intervenciones políticas en el paisaje 
neoliberal: Juan Villoro y Luis Arturo Ramos” Lejana: Revista Crítica de Narrativa Breve 5 (2012): 1-9. Print.

“El narcocorrido global y las identidades transnacionales.” Revista de Estudios 
Hispánicos 42 (2008): 519-542.

“Lo popular transnacional: el narcocorrido como género musical en los Estados Unidos, 
México y Colombia.” Intersecciones: Abordajes de lo popular en América Latina. Zulema Moret, ed. La Página 74-75 (2008): 89-101.

“Putting the World in Order: John Lloyd Stephens’s Narration of America.” 
Norteamérica: Revista Académica 1.2 (July-December 2006): 11-38.

“North of Eden: Romance and Conquest in Fanny Calderón de la Barca’s Life in 
Mexico.” Studies in Travel Writing 9 (2005): 1-19.

“Subjectivity and Empire: Representations of Historiography in Ricardo Palma's 
Tradiciones Peruanas.” Ciberletras: Revista de crítica literaria y de cultura 12 (January 2005). Online. http://www.lehman.cuny.edu/ciberletras/

“Espacios democráticos y regeneración hispanoamericana en las Escenas 
norteamericanas de José Martí.” Genealogías Imaginarias: Discursos de la cultura de hoy. Eds. Javier Durán and Rosaura Hernández Monroy, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, México, 2003. 375-383.

“El sicario en su alegoría: La ficcionalización de la violencia en la novela colombiana de 
finales del siglo XX.” Taller de Letras 31 (2002): 7-20.


Miguel’s Hobbies:

Miguel enjoys playing soccer, running, and biking.

Miguel is also an accomplished musician and a singer. He has performed with different vocal groups such as Colby 8 and the Arts Chorale of Greater Lansing. He plays the guitar and sings in the Lansing local band named Cuatro Sur. This band performs in the Lansing area and plays Rumba Flamenca and Latin music (son, cumbia, etc). for more, see miguelcabanas.com