Carnegie Mellon University

José Estrada

José Estrada

Assistant Teaching Professor of Hispanic Studies

  • 347B
341 Posner Hall
Department of Modern Languages
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA, 15213

Education: Ph.D., The University of Chicago, Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Studies, MA, The University of Chicago, Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Studies, BA, DePaul University, World Language Education-Spanish.


My research is focused on Early Modern Spanish literature, particularly theater, and the emerging transatlantic society as a result of the encounter between Europe and the Americas. A significant amount of my studies revolve around Juan Ruiz de Alarcón (1580?-1639). I interpret his theater as a form of self-fashioning. His birth and upbringing in New Spain in addition to his travels to Spain place his theater at a privileged position for analysis through a transatlantic lens.

Within the early modern period I also study the cultural and linguistic exchange between cultures in Colonial Mexico. I am currently studying don Bartolomé de Alva Ixtlilxóchitl’s Nahuatl translations of Spanish Baroque theater in the early 1640s. Hence, my research not only analyzes the role that the American continent played in important debates and developments of the Early Modern period but also how space and place are used to build identities through performance and language in an emerging global society.

  • Early Modern Spanish Theater
  • Spanish Baroque Literature
  • Colonial Mexico
  • Nahuatl Studies
  • Mexican-American/Chicanx Literature
  • 82-343 Latin America: Language & Culture
  • 82-344 Latinos in the U.S.: Language & Culture
  • 82-455 Is Seeing Believing?: Science in the Hispanic World
  • 82-241 Intermediate Spanish I; 82-141 Elementary Spanish I
  • Ford Foundation Fellowship Honorable Mention, 2016
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (Portuguese), 2016
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (Nahuatl), 2015
  • Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement, 2011
  • Estrada, J. (2019)." 'Contigo hablo, bestia fiera:' Estrategias de autoría en los paratextos de las Comedias de Juan Ruiz de Alarcón." Alarconiana, vol. 5, pp. 83-96.
  • Estrada, J. (2015). "Hidden Pilgrimages: Considerations on a Religious Wandering in Miguel de Cervantes' 'The Illustrious Kitchen Maid.'" Newberry Essays in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, vol. 9, pp. 95-102

Department Member Since 2019