Professor – Spanish
Professor – Spanish
Eugenio Matibag is Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies at Iowa State University. He participates on the department’s Latin American Studies Program Committee, and he has served on the President’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and the LAS College’s Diversity Committee. He is Founding Director of the Center for American Intercultural Studies, Founding Director of Asian American Studies, President of the ISU Filipino Association and Advisor to the Sigma Delta Pi Spanish National Honorary Society. He graduated with a doctorate in comparative literature with a Latin American literature emphasis from the University of California, Irvine. Before that he finished his bachelor’s degree in comparative literature at the University of Redlands. He regularly teaches courses in Spanish language, Latin American civilization, and Hispanic literary studies.
His publications to date include two books: Afro-Cuban Religious Experience: Cultural Reflections in Narrative (U P of Florida, 1996); and Haitian-Dominican Counterpoint: Nation, State and Race on Hispaniola (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003). His articles on Latin American and Philippine culture have appeared in the journals Revista Hispánica Moderna, Humanities Diliman, Catauro, Postmodern Culture, Kritika Kultura, The Journal of Caribbean Studies, The Journal of Interdisciplinary Literary Studies, Dispositio, and Hispamérica; in the collections L’Heritage de Calibán, Sacred Possessions: Santería, Voudou and Obeah in Caribbean Literature, Screaming Monkeys: Critiques of Asian American Images, and A Handbook of U.S. Latino/a Religion; and in the Encyclopedia of Caribbean Religions, the Encyclopedia of Emancipation and Abolition, and the Encyclopedia of U.S.-Latin American Relations. He has given presentations or done research in Brazil, Canada, the Dominican Republic, France, Haiti, Mexico, Spain, Trinidad, and various parts of the United States. In Summer 2005 he was featured on the Manila-based talk show “Only Gemma,” hosted by Gemma Cruz Araneta, the former Miss Philippines and Minister of Culture of the Philippine Government.
He is currently at work on the discourse of nationalism in the nineteenth and twentieth-century Philippines.