The forty-sixth

Louisville Conference

on Literature and Culture since 1900

February 22-24, 2018

Antonio D. Tillis

"Spanish-American Literature: From National Literary Discourse to the Afro-Hispanic."

Antonio D. Tillis – February 23 – 3:15 pm – Chao Auditorium




Antonio D. Tillis currently works as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Houston where he is also M. D. Anderson Professor in Hispanic Studies. Prior to his current appointment, he served as dean of the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs for the College of Charleston. In Dartmouth, Tillis worked as director of Latin American and Latino Studies and as Director of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies and Study Abroad for African-American Studies at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.
Tillis has published the following books and edited volumes:

He has also authored numerous articles. His first book has been translated into Portuguese and published by the State University of Rio de Janeiro Press, Brazil. His current research focuses on the works of Dominican-American writers Angie Cruz, Nelly Rosario, Loida Martiza Peréz, and Junot Diaz.
Tillis is past president of the College Language Association, founded in 1937 for African-American scholars of English and foreign languages. He serves on numerous editorial boards in the area of Latin American Studies and particularly the field of Afro-Hispanic literature and culture. Tillis is a former Fulbright Scholar to Brazil and is co-editor of the series “Black Diaspora Worlds: Origins and Evolutions from New World Slaving” with Lexington Publishing, a division of Rowan and Littlefield. Tillis holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Vanderbilt University, and a Master’s of Arts in Spanish literature from Howard University and a Ph.D. in Latin American literature with an Afro-Hispanic emphasis from the University of Missouri at Columbia.

Picture from the College of Arts and Sciences, University of Houston website,