Modern & Classical Languages
University of Houston
Former Chair and Professor of Modern and Classical Languages (MCL) and of MCL’s World Cultures and Literature program at the University of Houston, Marc Zimmerman is now Emeritus Faculty at UH and also at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he taught for several years in the Latin American and Latino Studies Program. He has served as the director of MCL’s Global CASA publications series, featuring the Latin American/Latino Cultural Activities and Studies Arena (LACASA). Zimmerman holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, San Diego and a M.A in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. He has written several books, including Lucien Goldmann: El estructuralismo genético y la creación cultural (1985), Literature and Politics in the Central American Revolutions (with John Beverley, 1990), U.S. Latino Literature (1992), Literature and Resistance in Guatemala (2 vols. 1995), Literatura y testimonio en Centroamérica (2006), his seven-volume series, Pre-post and Post Positions (2003-2007), a book of fiction, Stores of Winter (2007) and Defending their Own in the Cold: The Cultural Turns of U.S. Puerto Ricans (2011)—the latter volume receiving Honorable Mention in the Puerto Rican Studies Association’s Frank Bonilla Book Award competition ). Zimmerman has also co-edited The Central American Quartet (four volumes 1980-1996) and LACASA’s nine-volume series on Latin American Cultural Studies and Globalization (1998-2009). He has also edited Ernesto Cardenal’s Flights of Victory (1983) and a testimonial volume, Bringing Aztlán to Mexican Chicago (2010), the first in LASCASA’s new Chicago Latino series.
Zimmerman worked with migrant farmworkers in Minnesota; he served in the Sandinista Ministry of Culture; he has taught at San Diego State U., the U. of Michigan at Ann Arbor, McGill U. and the Universidad de Puerto Rico (Río Piedras). He is former chair and active member of the Culture, Politics and Power group of the Latin American Studies Association. For MCL, he was instrumental in developing WCL undergraduate and graduate programs; he also played a major role in developing UH’s Latin American Studies Program. He is currently writing fiction and memoir as he continues directing Global CASA/LACASA.