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Faculty Experts

Laura Senio Blair

Professor of Spanish


Areas of expertise

20th and 21st Century Hispano American Narrative and Drama. Chilean Narrative, Drama and Film. Hispanic Film.


Ph.D.,University of Kansas, Lawrence 2002
MA,University of Colorado, Boulder 1994
BA,Whitman College 1992


Profesora Visitante
Universidad Catolica de la Santisima Concepcion
March 01, 2012 - August 10, 2012

Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies
Southwestern University
August 01, 2002 - present


20th and 21 Century Chilean Literature, Drama and Film

Southern Cone Literature, Theatre, Film and Cultural Studies

Hispanic Road Movies

Filming Exile: Chilean Documentaries



Book Chapters

“Atravesando continentes y océanos: La obra fílmica de Angelina Vázquez” in Nomadías: El cine de Marilú Mallet, Valeria Sarmiento y Angelina Vázquez. Eds. Catalina Donoso and Elizabeth Ramírez. Iniciativa Bicentenario de la Universidad de Chile y de Santander Universidades-Universidad de Warwick (2016): 181-206.

“Bordering Adolescence: Latin American Youth in Road Films La misma luna and Sin nombre” in Screening Minors in Latin American Cinema. Eds. Carolina Rocha and Georgia Seminet. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2014. 119-131.


"Angelina Vázquez y el lente circular del exilio: (re)fundar la identidad chilena por el medio fílmico." Aisthesis: Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Chile 54.2 (2013): 223-236.

"Driving Class Conflict: Taxis and Taxistas in Contemporary Chilean Cinema." Letras Hispanas 8.1 (2012) 21-31.

"Chilean Theatre: 1900-Present," "Fernando Alegria," "Carlos Droguett," "Ergon Wolff," "Sergio Vadonovic." World Literature in Spanish: An Encyclopedia.  Eds. Maureen Ihrie and Salvador A. Oropesa.  Westport: ABC-CLIO, 2011.

"Residual Effects: The Recurring Theme of Incest in Contemporary Chilean Women's Narrative."  Letras femeninas 36.2 (2010) 183-198.

"A Retrospective on Chilean Film."  Program Notes for the Cine las Americas Hispanic Film Festival in Austin, April 2009. 

"Bridges Between the Divide: The Female Body in Y tu mama tambien and Machuca."  Studies in Hispanic Cinema 4.1 (2007): 47-62.

"Betwixt and Between: Finding Home Again in Chilean Returnee Literature."  The Latin Americanist 50.1 (2006): 7-23.

"New ways of thinking about Home: Alberto Fuguet's Representation of the Return."  Monograph Series from the NAAAS and Affiliates. NAASA National Convention:  Houston, 2005: 1119-1132.


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Seminars & Presentations

“From Pain to Pleasure: Sexual Awakenings and Revival in Contemporary Chilean Narrative” at the Mid America Conference on Hispanic Literature (MACHL), Lawrence, Kansas.


Renegotiating Gendered and Racialized (Excluded) Subjectivities in Times of Neoliberal Crises into the Track: Gender and Feminst Studies for the LASA Congress San Juan, Puerto Rico 2015.

Honors & Awards

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar "Jewish Buenos Aires" July 2014;

Fulbright Scholar Recipient (2012);

American Scandinavian Foundation Fellow (2009-2010);

P.E.O. Scholar Award for Academic Achievement in Graduate Studies (1997-1998);

Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship Award for International Studies (1994-1995).

Specific subjects or issues you can knowledgeably discuss:
Contemporary Latin American Literature, Chile, Novel of Exile and the Return

I am willing to talk to the media: yes

I am willing to talk to community groups about my area of expertise: yes

Can you do interviews in Spanish? yes

Other languages you are fluent in:

Experience with the news media (especially electronic media):

Contact Details:
(512) 863-1885(office)
Office: Olin 308