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Jorge Camacho

Title: Professor of Spanish, Comparative Literature, and Latin American Studies
Department: Languages, Literatures and Cultures
College of Arts and Sciences
Office: J. Welsh Humanities Bldg, 716

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Jorge Camacho is a professor of Spanish, Comparative Literature, and Latin American Studies at USC. His courses range from early colonial literature to contemporary Latin American poetry and novels. He has served as Director of the Spanish Program, Graduate Director of the Comparative Literature Program, and Director of Latin American, Caribbean, and US Latinx Studies for the Walker Institute.  

He has been a peer-reviewer for two dozen national and international journals, publishing houses, and organizations such as The National Endowment for the Arts, National Sigma Delta Pi Scholarly Awards, University Press Florida, Routledge, Leiden University Press, Verbum, and Iberoamericana-Vervuert. In addition, he has been an editorial Board member of South Atlantic Review, La Habana Elegante, and Isla, Quarterly Journal of Afro-Cuban Issues.  
Professor Camacho has published one hundred and twenty peer-reviewed single-authored articles and book chapters in leading journals and academic collections in the United States, England, Canada, Italy, Spain, and other countries. These publications appear in English and Spanish. In addition, he has published fourteen scholarly books, including six monographs, and made known more than eighty chronicles and poems by famous Latin American writers such as José Martí, Rubén Darío, and Mercedes Matamoros that were dispersed in old newspapers across Latin America.  
Two of Prof. Camacho’s books with previously unknown chronicles by José Martí (Cuba’s George Washington) have been reprinted in Cuba, and a third one is forthcoming. In addition, the unknown literary chronicles by Rubén Darío (Nicaragua’s greatest poet) were reproduced by Universidad Nacional Tres de Febrero, Argentina. These chronicles and poems are now part of these authors' works. 
In 2014, he was the first Hispanic-Latino to receive the highest award in research and scholarship at USC, the Russell Research Award for Humanities and Social Sciences. 
Prof. Camacho is currently working on two monographs tentatively titled: Una comunidad de dolientes: el indígena en la literatura colonial cubana [A community of mourners: Indianism and Cuba’s colonial literature] and Cuerpos que sufren: literatura, archivo y violencia colonial [Bodies that suffer: Literature, archive, and colonial violence]. 

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