Professor of Spanish and Humanities
Division of Literature and Languages
Born in Buenos Aires, Diego Alonso obtained his DEA from the University of Paris III in 1989 and his PhD from Princeton University in 1998. His research has focused on the relationship among aesthetics, rhetoric, and politics, as reflected in a corpus of essay writers (Martí, Rodó, Vasconcelos, Lugones, Mariátegui, Ortiz, Pedreira, among others) in the context of nineteenth- and twentieth-century modernization processes in Latin America. Related to this subject, he published José Enrique Rodó: una retórica para la democracia (Editorial Trilce, 2009). His other line of research involves hermeneutical analysis of contemporary Argentinean and Uruguayan fiction (Borges, Walsh, Onetti, Piglia). In this domain, he has published in prestigious academic journals (Variaciones Borges, Iberoamericana, Latin American Literary Review, Catálogos) and is currently working on a book, Fiction and Truth: Hermeneutical Approaches to History and Memory in Borges and Walsh. Alonso is a board member of LALISA, an association devoted to promoting Latin American, Latino, and Iberian studies in the Pacific Northwest.