Silvia Spitta

Academic Appointments

Director Comparative Literature Master's Program
Robert E. Maxwell 1923 Professor of Arts and Sciences
Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature

My research centers on Latin American and Latinx material and visual culture, border culture, photography, and archives. In the past years I started to colaborate with Andean photography archives to digitize, preserve, and exhibit their holdings. I curated a city-wide exhibition of indigenous Martin Chambi's works  in Cusco in 2014 and in 2019 those of Baldomero Alejos  in Ayacucho, Peru where the Shining Path arose. I am currently co-editing the war photographs of Oscar Medrano and Vera Lentz for two major publications of their works.

216 Reed Hall
HB 6072
Comparative Literature
Spanish and Portuguese
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Ph.D. University of Oregon
M.A. University of Oregon
B.A. University of California at San Diego

Selected Publications

Against Ruins: El Cusco de Martín Chambi. Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. (NYC: Hemi Press 2020).

Del archivo a las calles. El Cusco de Martín Chambi. Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. Trans. Catalina Arango (NYC: Hemi Press 2021).


Misplaced Objects: Migrating Collections and Recollections in Europe and the Americas (Houston: University of Texas Press, 2009).

--Winner of the 2010 Institute for Humanities Research Transdisciplinary Book Award at Arizona State University.

Between Two Waters: Narratives of Transculturation in Latin America. Houston: Rice University Press, 1995. (Paperback edition: College Station: Texas A&M Press, 2006).


Des/Memorias: Prácticas y discursos mnemónicos en las Américas. With Adriana López-Labourdette and Valeria Wagner (Barcelona: Linkgua: 2016).

The Americas, Otherwise. Guest Editor with Lois Zamora. Comparative Literature journal. 61.3 (Summer 2009).

Más allá de la ciudad letrada: Crónicas y vivencias urbanas. Co-edited with Boris Muñoz. Pittsburgh: Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana, Biblioteca de América, 2003.

“Lima the Horrible: The Cultural Politics of Theft.” PMLA (January 2007).