Dr. Jason A. Bartles is a writer, translator, and Associate Professor of Spanish at West Chester University. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Latin American Literatures and Cultures from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he was a Flagship Fellow, and his B.A. in Spanish with Honors with Minors in Philosophy and Japanese Studies from Gettysburg College.
Uniting his scholarly and creative projects is a sustained interest in restoring the possibilities for utopian thinking, that is, for imagining ways to work toward more democratic, radically inclusive, and egalitarian communities without eliminating differences through violence. His research explores the ways in which political, ethical, and scientific discourses that traverse the fiction and essays of Latin American and Latinx writers, ranging from the historical avant-gardes to the present, with an emphasis on the 1960s and ‘70s.
His first book, ARTELETRA: The Sixties in Latin America and the Politics of Going Unnoticed, is forthcoming in the Purdue Studies in Romance Literatures Series at Purdue University Press. Recently, he has begun a project related to the transatlantic cultural archives of the Malvinas/Falkland Islands and the potential for utopian thought today.
Currently, he teaches in the Department of Languages and Cultures, and he has taught courses ranging from Spanish language courses and translation to graduate and undergraduate courses in modern and contemporary Latin American and Latinx cultural, literary, and film studies.