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Melissa A. Fitch Ph.D.
Arizona State University, 1995
Latin American Popular Culture, Film, Theater
(520) 621-5272/621-3123 for message
Position: Associate Professor
Current Courses: No current courses, Fulbright Scholar at the Chinese University of Hong Kong for AY 2011-12
Office: Modern Languages 592
Courses Taught: HONORS 195: Critical Thinking SPAN 480: Community Service SPAN 350: Intro to Hispanic Literature; SPAN 425: Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition; SPAN 449: Latin American Theater; SPAN 449: Madrid en las artes (taught in Madrid); SPAN 571: Teoria Literaria; PORT 305: Portuguese for Spanish Speakers; PORT 350: Survey of Brazilian Literature; PORT 449/549: Brazilian Culture; PORT 463/563: Latin American Feminist Film; TRAD 104: Issues in Latin American Society and Popular Culture.
Current Work in Progress
"Global Tango: Travels in the Transnational Imaginary" Book length manuscript currently under review.
"Consuming Latin America in China" Book-length manuscript to be researched AY 2011-12.
Publications since 2001
Side Dishes: Latin/a American Women and Cultural Production. Rutgers University Press, 2009.
Culture and Customs of Argentina. David William Foster, Melissa Fitch Lockhart and Darrell Lockhart. Greenwood Press, 1998.
"Translating la frontera: Borderlands El deseo/Desire" submitted to the Theater Journal.
"Carmen, Kitsch and my Quest for Coordinated Dinnerware" Chasqui: Revista de literatura latinoamericana (2011).
"Vida antes da morte: Homophobia in Brazil and in Two Literary Works by Activist-Author Herbert Daniel." Luso-Brazilian Review 43.2 (2006).
"Directing Study Abroad Programs in a Changed World: Five Lessons Learned from the Madrid Bombings" Association of Departments of Foreign Languages Bulletin Spring 2007
"Performing Argentina in Spain after the Bombing: The Resignification of Theatrical Referents in Cecilia Rossetto in Madrid" Latin American Theater Review 39.2. 2006
"Gender Bending in Latino Theatre: Johnny Diego, The Hispanic Zone and Deporting the Divas by Guillermo Reyes." Latino/a Popular Culture. Eds. Michelle Habell-Pallan and Mary Romero. New York University Press, 2002. 162-73.
"Buenos Aires on the Border: Tango and Constructions of Femininity in Guillermo Reyes' Theater." Ollantay Theater Magazine. 9.18 (2001): 70-83.
Awards2011 Named a Fulbright scholar for AY 2011-12 to the Chinese University of Hong Kong
2010 Fulbright Hays Summer Fellowship to China (declined)
2008 UA Five Star Teaching Award (from 5 finalists, university-wide, and 60 nominees)
2004 UA Provost's General Education Teaching Award
2004 UA Teaching Center Honorary Fellowship for Outstanding Teaching and Service
2002 UA College of Humanities Outstanding Advising Award Honorable Mention
2000 UA College of Humanities Outstanding Advising Award
1997 Arizona Language Association Outstanding University Educator Award
1997 Professor of the Year Arizona International College of the University of Arizona
1995 Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Associate
1994 Arizona State University Faculty Women's Association Distinguished Achievement Award
Dr. Melissa A. Fitch (Ph.D. 1995 ASU), a second generation Chicana, was born in Los Angeles and raised in the city of San Francisco. Her research is currently focused on transnational representations of Latin American popular culture, film, theater and narrative. She is author of the book Side Dishes: Latin/a American Women, Sex and Cultural Production (Rutgers UP, 2009). In 2008, she received the University of Arizona's Five Star Teaching Award, the institution's highest teaching honor. In 2004 she received the UA General Education Teaching Award. Since 2002 she has been editor-in-chief of the academic journal Studies in Latin American Popular Culture (University of Texas Press). She was named Outstanding University Educator by the Arizona Languages Association in 1997. Her essays have been published in Latin American Theater Review; Gestos: Teoría y práctica del teatro hispánico; Chasqui: Revista de literatura latinoamericana; ADFL Bulletin; Luso-Brazilian Review; Romance Languages Annual, ADE Bulletin and in the books Dale Nomás! Dale que va! (Buenos Aires: Editorial Nueva Generación, 2006); Latino/a Popular Culture (NYU Press, 2002) and Interventions: Feminist Dialogues on Third World Women's Literature and Film (Garland, 1997). She is co-author of the book Culture and Customs of Argentina (Greenwood, 1998). Professor Fitch is past president of the Arizona Languages Association and the statewide Languages Articulation Task Force. She directed the UA Study Abroad program in Fortaleza, Brazil in 2001 and the UA programs in Alcala de Henares, Spain in 2004 and in Segovia, Spain in 2007. She has traveled to 27 countries. These include Peru, where she studied Quechua in Cuzco in 1998; Turkey, where she studied Turkish in Istanbul in 2004 and 2005, China, where she studied Mandarin in Shanghai in 2007 and 2008 and Paris, France, where she studied French while on sabbatical in 2010. In 2011 she was named a Fulbright scholar to the Chinese University of Hong Kong for 2011-12. Her free time revolves around travel, learning new languages, working as a volunteer with Casa de la Luz hospice and dancing Argentine tango.