Carnegie Mellon University

Felipe Gómez

Felipe Gómez

Teaching Professor of Hispanic Studies

Department of Languages, Cultures & Applied Linguistics
4980 Margaret Morrison St
Posner Hall 341
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Ph.D., Spanish Language and Literatures, University of Michigan


My research centers on 20th and 21st century Latin American cultural studies, analyzing countercultural artistic expressions and representations of political violence across literature, film, music and comics/graphic novels. As a native Spanish and near-native Portuguese speaker, I incorporate an integrated approach to studying Latin American literatures and cultures. My published works include co-edited volumes and introductions providing critical perspectives on the seminal literary production of Colombian authors Andrés Caicedo and Evelio Rosero. I have also published numerous articles analyzing tropes of death and self-destruction in the works of Caicedo and other Latin American authors, and analyses of the independent films of Luis Ospina, Carlos Mayolo and others.

My current research examines the emergence of Hispanic/Latino comics/graphic novels in U.S. and Latin American academic and cultural contexts. This project explores cultural, racial and gender issues within the medium, amidst its growing presence in academic contexts and agency within local academic/cultural structures. Additionally, I have made notable Digital Humanities contributions, including the award-winning Latin American Comics Archive, highlighting my leadership in digitally preserving and analyzing Latin American comics. My diverse research provides in-depth, critical perspectives on modern/contemporary Latin American cultures and countercultural expressions.

  • 20th-21st century Latin American Cultural and Literary Studies
  • Comics Studies
  • Digital Humanities
  • Language Acquisition and Technology
  • Podcasting en Español: Cultural Storytelling for Spanish Speaking Communities
  • Community Connections: Working with Spanish-speakers in the Local Context
  • Topics in Hispanic Studies:
    • Después del Fin: Post/Apocalyptic Visions of Latin America
    • Comics, Community and Coding: Electronic Textuality and Culture in Latin America
    • Popular Music and Countercultures in Latin America
    • Latin American Monsters
  • Latin America: Language and Culture
  • Intermediate Spanish I & II
  • Martin Schüwer Prize for outstanding comics research
  • Carnegie Mellon University Teaching Innovation Award and Provost’s Inclusive Teaching Fellowship
  • Premio Humanidades Digitales Hispánicas
  • Coordinator and Faculty Advisor for the Major, Hispanic Studies program
  • Co-founder & co-director, “El Círculo Juvenil de Cultura,” CMU Hispanic Studies Outreach Program
  • Associate and Reviews Editor, Revista de Estudios Colombianos
  • Editorial Board, Journals Pirandante and Polifonía
  • Advisory board, “Comics Studies: Aesthetics, Histories, and Practices,” series, De Gruyter Press

Department Member Since 2006