Professor, American Literary Studies, University of New Mexico, USA
Dr. Aleman centers his lessons and scholarship around two fields: nineteenth-century American literature and the invention of Mexican America focusing on the national identities that were forged after the 1846-1848 U.S. Mexico War. He wrote the introduction to the 2002 republished version of Loreta Janeta Velazquez’s 1876 biography, The Woman in Battle. His 2004 essay, Crossing the Mason-Dixon Line in Drag: The Narrative of Loreta Janet Velazquez, Cuban Women and Confederate Soldier, was published in the book, Look Away, a critically acclaimed series of essays exploring the relationship between the U.S. South and South America. He is currently working on Wars of Rebellion, a book that places U.S. Hispanic writings about the Civil War in the context of contemporaneous civil wars in Cuba and Mexico.