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Critical Mexican Studies


Critical Mexican Studies
is the first English-language, humanities-based academic monograph series devoted to the study of Mexico. The series is a space for innovative works in the humanities that focus on theoretical analysis, transdisciplinary interventions, and original conceptual framing.

Critical Mexican Studies will feature books that question the many received ideas that shape the field of Mexican studies, from the focus on the connections between identity and nation (the topic of Mexicanness that has pervaded the field for decades) to the favored historiographic and philological approaches that have long defined significant portions of the field. Texts that approach Mexico with a more theoretical-conceptual bent or that seek to transgress the methodologies of the dominant disciplines will find a home here. The series seeks projects that engage Mexico through contemporary theoretical conversations—on necropolitics, disability, and queer theory, for example—or books that place Mexico as a site of departure and articulation of new theoretical paradigms like critical race theory, sovereign power, and the posthuman. Books in this series will develop conceptual discussions of interest above and beyond the field of Mexicanism.

The Critical Mexican Studies series is looking for the following types of work: 1) Monographs by emerging and established scholars focused on Mexico and defined by their theoretical originality and the promise of opening new avenues in Mexican Studies; 2) Carefully curated edited collections that define the state of the field at given points in time or that gather the most talented people in the field to discuss a particular concept; 3) Original or translated work by Mexican theorists and scholars. Although the series would be open to books in defined fields—such as literary or media studies—Critical Mexican Studies seeks works performing transdisciplinary, intermedial, and creatively theoretical research.


Series Editor

Ignacio M. Sánchez Prado is Jarvis Thurston and Mona Van Duyn Professor in Humanities, Professor of Spanish, Latin American Studies, and Film and Media Studies, and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Latin American Studies program at Washington University in St. Louis. He is the author of Screening Neoliberalism: Transforming Mexican Cinema, 1988–2012 (available in English and Spanish editions from Vanderbilt University Press).


Proposals may be submitted to Zachary Gresham at zachary.s.gresham@vanderbilt.edu. Please include:

  • A project abstract
  • Brief main description of the method, scope, and works analyzed
  • Anticipated word count, number of images, and timeline for full manuscript submission
  • Annotated table of contents
  • CV
  • A section on works in the field that the project complements and draws on