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Oscar Somoza

Oscar SomozaOscar Somoza
Professor of Spanish
Sturm Hall, Room 318
Phone: 303-871-2190
Email: [email protected]



PhD, Spanish, University of Arizona


Oscar U. Somoza earned his PhD in Spanish from the University of Arizona, with a specialization in Latin American literature and culture and a minor concentration in Luso-Brazilian language and literature.

Oscar has been active in the areas of teaching, scholarly research and community outreach. His participation in these areas has given him the opportunity to stay informed on innovative teaching techniques and learning methodologies in his fields of specialization.

Oscar finds great value in reaching out to his community, and encourages his students to do the same. With this goal in mind, Oscar initiated a program at DU called Internship in Spanish: Working With Community Organizations. This program provides his students with the opportunity to integrate their cultural and linguistic skills in the world beyond the DU campus. He strives to give his students the chance to engage in direct experiences related to the rich history and culture of the Spanish-speaking population.

He has received the United Methodist Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award, and has been selected as "Top Professor" by Mortar Board. He was also nominated for U.S Professor of the Year, an award sponsored by The Carnegie Foundation.


  • Latin American and Chicano literature
  • Narrative
  • Cultural and film studies


Oscar Somoza has published book chapters, book reviews and scholarly articles in such journals as Cuadernos Americanos, Plural, Confluencia, Denver Quarterly, Explicación de Textos Literarios, Latin American Theatre Review, Hispamérica, Hispania and others.

Oscar has also published the following books:

Ecos de la memoria: Oscar Torres y el encuentro con "Voces inocentes." México: University of Sonora Press. (This book received the 2013 Harvey L. Johnson Book Award.)

Literatura de la Revolución Mexicana en el exilio: Fuentes para su estudio. Mexico City: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. (Coauthored with Armando Miguélez.)

Palabra Nueva: Cuentos Chicanos. The University of Texas at El Paso: Texas Western Press. (Coauthored with Ricardo Aguilar and Armando Armengol.)

Nueva narrativa chicana. Mexico City: Editorial Diógenes. (Critical Edition.)

Narrativa chicana contemporánea: principios fundamentales. Mexico City: Editorial Signos.