John D. MacArthur Professor of Hispanic Studies
Joined Connecticut College: 1999
On sabbatical 2014-2015 academic year
B.A., University of Arizona
M.F.A., University of Iowa
Ph.D., University of New Mexico
• Spanish American cultures • Popular Catholicism in Spanish America • Undocumented migration
Since the beginning of his career in 1990, Frank Graziano has written on an extraordinarily wide range of topics in Latin American culture. Professor Graziano's active research and interdisciplinary methods translate in the classroom to innovative courses and dynamic teaching. His courses include Religion and Violence in Latin America, Undocumented Hispanic Immigration, Youth in Latin America and the survey Hispanic Cultures.
His early work was on poetry, resulting among many other publications in the edited volume Semblanza de Alejandra Pizarnik (Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1992). Later studies resulted in Divine Violence: Spectacle, Psychosexuality, & Radical Christianity in the Argentine "Dirty War" (Westview Press 1992); and in a book, The Lust of Seeing, on the Uruguayan fiction writer Felisberto Hernández (Bucknell University Press, 1997).
Professor Graziano's more recent books have focused on religious cultures. The first of these, The Millennial New World (Oxford University Press, 1999), surveys apocalyptic, messianic, millennial, and utopian thought and action throughout the course of Latin American history. The book that followed, Wounds of Love: The Mystical Marriage of St. Rose of Lima (Oxford University Press, 2004), received wide critical acclaim for its rigorous and innovative scholarship. Professor Graziano's most recent book, Cultures of Devotion: Folk Saints of Spanish America, was released by Oxford University Press in 2006. The book has a companion website: Cultures of Devotion.
Professor Graziano received a 2010 National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship to study Mexican votive paintings and the cultural context in which they are commissioned, produced, offered, displayed and viewed. The award will allow Graziano to do textual research and ethnographic fieldwork that will culminate in The Art of Gratitude: Miraculous Images & Votive Offerings in Mexico. The book will be published by Oxford University Press.
Professor Graziano also recently completed Undocumented Dominican Migration, which is forthcoming from University of Texas Press. The book analyzes the complex causation of boat migration, taking into account the interacting structural, cultural and psychological factors that motivate migrant departures. The book has a companion website, undocumented-dominican-migration.com. Professor Graziano also organized a related conference, "Undocumented Hispanic Migration: On the Margins of a Dream," held at Connecticut College on October 16-18, 2009.
Professor Graziano is the recipient of many prestigious awards in support of his research and writing. He has received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the John Carter Brown Library, the Fulbright and Fulbright-Hays Programs, and the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, among many others. He has been an invited speaker at many institutions in the United States and abroad, including Boston, Brown, Duke, Emory, New York, Princeton, and Yale Universities, the Americas Society, University of London, Instituto Nacional de Antropología y Pensamiento Latinoamericano (Buenos Aires), Universidad de Buenos Aires, Centro Bartolomé de Las Casas (Cuzco), and Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (Lima).
Professor Graziano's active research and interdisciplinary methods translate in the classroom to innovative courses and dynamic teaching. His courses include "Religion and Violence in Latin America," "Undocumented Hispanic Immigration," "Youth in Latin America" and the survey "Hispanic Cultures."