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Araceli Masterson-Algar

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures - Department of Spanish & Portuguese
Associate Professor
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 2632
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045


Araceli Masterson-Algar obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. She also holds Masters degrees in Teaching and Teacher Education and in Latin American Studies, both from the University of Arizona. Her interests are on the cultural manifestations tied to migration dynamics between Latin America, the U.S., and Spain, with a specific focus on the U.S.-Mexico border and the Andean region. Araceli is a strong advocate for transdisciplinary practices in both teaching and scholarship, and her work crisscrosses the social sciences and the humanities. She has published and conducted extensive research on migration, and specifically on the ties between transnational social dynamics, cultural production, and urban planning in Spain and Ecuador. Part of her current research addresses the transatlantic dialogues between indigenous movements in Ecuador, and social movements in Spain since the turn to the 21st century.

Araceli’s scholarship is inseparable from active community engagement. She collaborates with various migrant organizations in both Spain and the U.S., and is also a member of the Binational Migration Institute, which calls for multidisciplinary methods on immigration research. In addition, Araceli has worked on various research, community and teaching initiatives to address the Mexican and Mexican-American histories in the Chicago suburbs, and along the Iowa-Illinois border. She is also Associate editor of the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies, and Senior Editor of the Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies. Most of her courses address cultural analysis as a central to addressing urban processes, migration, and Latin/o American histories.


My teaching interests span through the transdisciplinary fields of Urban Cultural Studies, Migration and Human Mobility Studies, and Transnational/Transatlantic Studies, and Latin/o American and Spanish contemporary cultural expression, including literature, film and music.

Teaching Interests

  • Contemporary Latin/o American literature and film
  • Migration processes
  • Transnational cultural dialogues beyond the canon
  • Cultural expression and memory
  • Urban Studies and space


  • Urban Cultural Studies/Transnational urbanism
  • Migration
  • Mobility studies
  • And constructions of citizenship and nation
  • Interethnic relations and cultural histories
  • Cultural expression
  • Memory
  • And constructions of identity and space
  • Mexico/U.S. Borderlands and Andean region.

Selected Publications

Fraser, Benjamin, Araceli Masterson-Algar, and Stephen Vilaseca. “Urban Cultural Studies, Behind the Scenes: Notes on the Craft of Interdisciplinary Scholarship.” Journal of Urban Cultural Studies. 5 (1) (2018). (in press).

Masterson-Algar, Araceli and Stephen Vilaseca. “Through the Looking Glass: Windows to ‘Cities in the Luso-Hispanic World’.” Journal of Urban Cultural Studies. 4 (1-2) (2017): 3-12.

Masterson-Algar, Araceli. “ ‘La Callejera’: Streetwalks Through Minas Gerais in Autran Dourado’s Uma Vida em Segredo (1964).” Journal of Urban Cultural Studies. 4 (1-2) (2017): 49-62.

Masterson-Algar, Araceli. Ecuadorians in Madrid: Migrants’ Place in Urban History.London: Palgrave, 2016.

Rubio-Goldsmith, Raquel, Celestino Fernández, Araceli Masterson-Algar, and Jessie Finch, eds. ‘No vale nada la vida, la vida no vale nada’: Political Intersections of Migration and Death in the U.S. Mexico Border. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press, 2016. (Awarded First Place at the International Latino Book Awards 2017 for Best Nonfiction-Multiauthor)

Masterson-Algar, Araceli. “Transnational Latin America: Movements and Displacements”. In Jackiewicz, Edward L. and Fernando J. Bosco (editors). Placing Latin America: Contemporary Themes in Human Geography.  Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2015. Pp. 219-232.

Masterson-Algar, Araceli and Stephen Vilaseca. “Text to Street: Urban Cultural Studies as Theorization and Practice.” Journal of Urban Cultural Studies. 2.2 (2015): 1-16.

“The Subte as Urban Planner in Moebius: Rails Into The Recuperation of Buenos Aires” Transfers 4.2 (2014): 68-85.

“Juggling Aesthetics and Surveillance: Ecuadorians in Madrid’s Retiro Park.” International Journal of Iberian Studies 26 (2013): 81-102.  

Masterson-Algar, Araceli. “La Movida Latina y el NegOcio en AZCA 2000.” In Fraser, Benjamin (ed.) Inscriptions: Essays on Hispanic Literature, Film, and Urban Space in Honor of Malcolm Alan Compitello. Newark: Juan de la Cuesta, 2012. Pp. 193-221.

Masterson-Algar, Araceli. “Digging Madrid: A Descent Into Madrid’s Subway Museum Andén 0.” In Fraser, Benjamin and Steven Spalding (eds.). Trains, Modernity, and Cultural Production. 2 vols. Lanham, M.D.: Lexington Books (Rowman and Littlefield), 2012. Pp. 205-32.

Masterson-Algar, Araceli, Lessie Jo Frazier, Gladys Tzul Tzul and Manuel Roberto Escobar (Eds). Special Volume. “Transnational Histories and Cultures of the Americas.”Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies 162012.

Masterson-Algar, Araceli. “Las Genealogías de Margot Glantz: del Génesis al Distrito Federal.” Estudios Interdisciplinarios de América Latina y el Caribe, 19.2 (2008): 141-157.        

Masterson-Algar, Araceli. “Genealogía femenina en Flores de otro mundo de Iciar Bollain: Vertebrando la Nueva Familia Mestiza.” Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies 11 (2007): 171-9.

Masterson-Algar, Araceli. “NosOtras: Construcciones de identidad de las mujeres ecuatorianas en Madrid.” Albert, MariCarmen (coord.). Migraciones en las Américas. Viejos y nuevos destinos. Alicante: Librería Compás, 2006.

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