LASER Director
Frederick Aldama Honored

Frederick AldamaFrederick Aldama, founder and director of LASER, was honored with the 2016 American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education Inc.’s Outstanding Latino/a Faculty in Higher Education: Research/Teaching in Higher Education (Research Institutions) award.

This national award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated excellence in both research and teaching and has provided significant contributions to his/her academic discipline.

“Receiving this award is a tremendous honor, but it is an honor that was achieved only because of the tremendous support I have received,” said Professor Aldama, who is now in the company of previous award winners such as Jaime Escalante, Rolando Hinojosa-Smith, and Estela Bensimon.

An Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English and University Distinguished Scholar at The Ohio State University, Aldama teaches Latino/a and Latin American post-colonial literature, film, and comics, as well as narrative theory and cognitive science approaches to culture generally. His work examines aesthetic categories of genre and distance as well as their associated emotions. In both his research and teaching, Aldama uses the tools of narrative theory and cognitive science to enrich understanding of literature, art, music, film, comic books, and video games by and about Latinos. He is the author, co-author, or editor of over 24 books.

“Ohio State is so very proud to have Frederick Aldama among its outstanding faculty,” said Sharon Davies, Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer at Ohio State. “Professor Aldama is a prolific and nationally respected researcher and teacher dedicated to producing top scholarship and thought leadership about Latino culture and community as he helps prepare the next generation of scholars who will follow in his footsteps. We are very pleased that his name will now appear among the celebrated list of educators to have received this prestigious award.”

In addition to LASER, which was recently honored as 2015 Bright Spot in Hispanic Education by the White House, Aldama is also the founder and co-director of the Humanities & Cognitive Sciences High School Summer Institute.

The award was presented to Professor Aldama on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at the 11th AAHHE National Conference Awards Breakfast in Costa Mesa, California.