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Emilio del Valle Escalante

Associate Professor of Spanish
  Dey Hall 322

Emil' Keme (aka Emilio del Valle Escalante) is a K'iche' Maya scholar from Guatemala and an Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of Romance Studies. He serves as a member of the Critical Ethnic Studies Collective, a collaborator of UndocuCarolina, and coordinator of the UNC-Duke Abiayala Working Group. His teaching and research interests primarily focus on contemporary Indigenous literatures and social movement, Central American literatures and cultures, and postcolonial and subaltern studies theory in the Latin American context. Keme is the author of Maya Nationalisms and Postcolonial Challenges in Guatemala (2009), and the forthcoming, Le Maya Q'atzij/Our Maya Word. Poetics of Resistance and Emancipation from Iximulew/Guatemala, a book that was awarded Cuba’s 2020 Casa de las Americas Literary Criticism Prize.
Emilio del Valle Escalante