About Me

My name is José Adrián Badillo Carlos. I am  doctoral candidate in the Hispanic Cultural Studies program and a Teaching Assistant of Spanish in the Romance and Classical Studies Department. I received my B.A. and M.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from Northern Illinois University, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Spanish-English Translation and a Graduate Concentration in Latino and Latin American Studies (LLAS). While at NIU, I also received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award (2014) and was inducted into Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society (2012), and Phi Sigma Iota, International Foreign Language Honor Society (2014).

While at Michigan State University, I worked for two years as the Research Assistant for the office of Undergraduate Education, Diversity, and Inclusion under the College of Arts & Letters. During this time, my research focused on the representation of Chicano and Latino students in higher education, as well as co-teaching a Chicano/Latino Literature class. Within the Romance and Classical Studies Department, I have taught courses ranging from elementary Spanish to Cultural Readings and Composition.

I am honored the Department of Romance and Classical Studies  has awarded me the Outstanding Contributor Award (2017), Dr. Johannes Sachse Memorial Award (2018), Scholarship for Romance and Classical Languages in C.A.L. (2018), Summer Support Fellowship (2017,2018), and Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2019). 

Research & Presentations

Research

My dissertation focuses on different cultural and political representations and contradictions between Mexico’s official discourse and popular culture. I analyze themes of corruption, state violence, drug trafficking, and political and cultural relations between the United States and Mexico. These are represented in narcocorridos (drug ballads), television series, and literary works in the late 20th and early 21st century. I have done research at the Frontera Collection at UCLA, which  is the largest repository of commercially produced Mexican music recordings in the world since 1905.

 

Publications:

“Del corrido al narcocorrido: algunos aspectos de la evolución y de los efectos      culturales de la mitificación y apoteosis del tráfico de narcóticos en la poesía popular cantada mexicana.” Aula lírica. Revista sobre poesía ibérica e iberoamericana 7 (2015):  1-39.

 

Selected Conferences:

“Precariedad, control y violencia a partir del choque social y urbano en La Zona (2007) del director Rodrigo Plá.” 64th Annual Conference of the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies (RMCLAS), Utah, April 2017.

“Conflicto cultural del sujeto Imperial en el siglo XVI” Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Michigan State University, March 2017.

“Choque social urbano en el cine latinoamericano contemporaneo.” 16th TROPOS Conference, Michigan State Universit, October 2016.

“Contraposición de la escritura: Herramienta vertiente del poder y la violencia en La mala hora y Noticia de un secuestro de Gabriel García Márquez.” 69th Annual KFLC The Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Conference, University of Kentucky, April 2016.

“Identidades conflictivas: Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, (des)aculturación, transculturación y sujetos imperiales.” 1st Chicago Graduate Conference, Chicago, Illinois, October 2015.

“The Economic and Cultural Effects of Narcocorridos in the U.S.” 13th Conference on the Américas. Grand Valley State University, April 2015.

“Las relaciones de poder y lo grotesco en El Señor Presidente y El Chacal del General.” The XVIII Annual Hispanic and Lusophone Studies Symposium. The Ohio State University, Spring 2015.

 

Teaching

At Michigan State University

Spring 2018 : TA of SPN 320: Cultural Readings and Composition

This course is designed to help students develop writing and reading comprehension skills in Spanish. To achieve this goal, we will learn how to write summaries, descriptions, narratives, and expository essays. This course emphasizes the complete writing process.

Improve reading comprehension in Spanish.

Develop writing skills while correcting and improving student’s knowledge of grammar, spelling and punctuation in Spanish.

Develop a solid foundation of writing tools for creating summaries, descriptions,narratives, and expository essays.

Make better use of Spanish grammar, vocabulary and punctuation in order to write research papers in SPN advanced classes.

Fall 2017 : 2 sections of SPN 201: Second Year Spanish I

Intermediate-level review and development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Topics in the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.

Spring 2017 : TA of  ENG 351 Readings in Chicano/Latino Lit

The course is designed to foreground the distinct character of Chican@ and US Latin@ cultural production and to challenge continuously our ideas—those we bring with us into the class and those we develop along the way—about Latin@s in America.

Introduce students to the diversity of US Latin@ literature

Provide historical, social and cultural context for US Latin@ writings

Build students’ skills in argumentation through close analysis of textual 
evidence

Reinforce research skills through bibliographic research

Develop knowledge of critical terminologies (cultural studies, gender 
and sexuality studies, Chican@ and US Latin@ Studies, literary studies)

Summer 2016 : 1 section of SPN 202: Second Year Spanish II

Further review and development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Topics in the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.

Spring 2014: 2 sections of SPN 201: Second Year Spanish II

Intermediate-level review and development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Topics in the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.

Fall 2014 : 2 sections of SPN 201: Second Year Spanish I

Intermediate-level review and development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Topics in the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.


At Northern Illinois University

Spring 2014: 1 section of FLSP 101: First Year Spanish I

Fundamentals of grammar, composition, conversation, and culture. Intended for students with less than one year of high school Spanish.

Fall 2013 : 1 section of SPN 101: First Year Spanish I

Fundamentals of grammar, composition, conversation, and culture. Intended for students with less than one year of high school Spanish.

Service

 

Within the Department of Romance and Classical Studies, I served a two-year term as the Co-Chair of the Graduate Student Association, an organization aimed to promote academic and professional development among the department’s graduate students through workshops. The executive committee and I also organized a very successful graduate conference titled Sickening Discourses: Bodies, Diseases, and Violence in the Romance World.

Currently, I am the Co-editor of our TROPOS Graduate Journal, as well as a Collaborator and Tech Specialist for the Migration Studies Research Group. I am also the Website Designer and a member of the organizing committee for the very first MSU Latinx Film Festival that serves  MSU and the greater Lansing community. For the past 4 years, I have been one of two Stewards representing the RCS student body within the Graduate Employees Union. As well as the Graduate Student Representative on the College Graduate Council in the College of Arts and Letters.

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