Uriel Quesada, Ph.D.

Advisory Board Member


Dr. Uriel Quesada, based in New Orleans, LA, is Associate Dean at the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences and Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Loyola University, New Orleans. He earned a B.A. and a Licenciatura degree in Statistics with emphasis in Economics from Universidad de Costa Rica, an M.A. from New Mexico State University and Ph.D. degree from Tulane University. Dr. Quesada was an American Council of Education (ACE) Fellow for academic year 2012-13. He has also great experience in strategic planning and has been able to use this skill at his present position as the Associate Dean. Dr. Quesada is also responsible for and the co-founder of the Translation Program at Loyola University which is extremely successful and has caught not only the attention of different industries in the city of New Orleans, but also outside of the state of Louisiana. Dr. Quesada has published seven books of fiction. He has offered courses on Latin American crime literature, Central American postwar literature, Latin American urban chronicle, Border studies, and Latin American Life Writing.

As a writer of fiction, Dr. Quesada has published seven books, including El atardecer de los niños (short stories, 1990; Editorial Costa Rica Award and Costa Rica National Book Award 1990), Lejos, tan lejos (short stories, Áncora Award in Literature, 2005), El gato de sí mismo (novel, Costa Rica National Book Award 2006) and Viajero que huye (short stories, 2008). He has been honored twice with Costa Rica’s National Book Award. His most recent project is the collaborative volume, Queer Brown Voices. Fourteen Personal Narratives on Latina/o LGBT Activism, to be published in 2015.