Luis A. Marentes

Associate professor of Spanish, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Luis A. Marentes is an associate professor of Spanish at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He has also been a visiting professor at MIT and Tehran University's Faculty of World Studies. His academic work has focused on Mexican and Latin@ culture in the first half of the 20th century. What began as research on the state-sponsored nationalist culture of the Mexican Revolution – focusing on the life and work of the first post revolutionary Minister of Education, <a href=";redir_esc=y" target="_hplink">José Vasconcelos</a> - has turned into a greater interest into other forces that interacted in the development of the cultures of modern Mexico: processes of globalization, migration, and the growth of mass communications. He is currently exploring ways in which to communicate and learn through the new social media. He is a contributor to <a href="" target="_hplink">Latino Rebels</a> and <a href="" target="_hplink"></a>; his first personal blog is <a href="" target="_hplink"></a> and he tweets @marentesluis.