University of Southern Indiana

Manuel Apodaca Valdez

Manuel Apodaca Valdez

Associate Professor of Spanish
World Languages and Cultures

Liberal Arts Center - 3067





 Major Field

 Purdue University

 Ph. D.


 Comparative Literature

Dissertation Title: “Ritualistic Hybridities: A Comparative Study of the Afro-Mexican Devils Dance of the Costa Chica Region.” Dissertation Committee: Floyd Merrell (Chair), Arkadi Plotnitsky, Song No, Marcia Stephenson.

Purdue University



 Spanish Linguistics

Thesis Title: “A Historical and Comparative Analysis of Indo-European Sonorants Based on Syllable Structure in Latin, Greek, Sanskrit, and Modern Spanish.” Robert M. Hammond (Chair), Mary Niepokuj, Robert Shannon.

University of Guanajuato



 Spanish Language and Literature

Delhi University



 Sanskrit Language and Literature

Thesis Title: “Retórica y Poética en Perseo Vencido de Gilberto Owen (Rhetoric and Poetics in Gilberto Owen’s Perseo Vencido).” Benjamín Valdivia, (Chair), Luis Palacios, Ana María López

Major Fields of Interest:

Contemporary Latin American Literature

Afro-Latin American Studies

Teaching Spanish as a Second Language

U.S. Latino/a Literature and Culture

Folklore Studies: dance, music, popular religion, and oral tradition

Latin American Cultural Studies


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