New CAS Faculty
Assistant Professor of Romance Languages
Martin Oyata, Assistant Professor of Romance Languages, grew up in Lima, Peru. He received his B.A. in Philosophy from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (2001), and is currently finishing his Ph.D. in Romance Studies at Cornell University. At UVM, he will teach classes on literary and intellectual history in twentieth-century Latin America.
His doctoral research on Peruvian novelist José María Arguedas is primarily concerned with the uses of the past -- or how the idea that the past is still operative has contributed to producing images of the nation, representations of the indigenous population, solutions to the questions posed by modernity and modernization, and even explanations for institutional precariousness and political violence in Peru's recent history. Other interests include sociology of literature, nation and nationalism, immigration and multiculturalism, as well as the role of public intellectuals in Latin America.
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