Latin American Literary and Cultural Studies, 19th and 20th Centuries, Cultural Discourses of Modernity and National Formation, Displacement and Testimonio, Memory Studies, Ethnicity and Identity.
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Hiram Aldarondo received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras, and his master’s degree from Temple University. He received his Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from the University of Chicago, with a dissertation on Argentine writer Silvina Ocampo. He is the former Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Temple University, where he also served as Director of the Latin American Studies Program, as well as Director of the Latin American Studies Semester. At Temple, he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Latin American short fiction, foundational novels, and testimonios. He tries to formulate courses in which teaching intersects with research, in order to bring his research interests into the classroom, and communicate them both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.