John Maddox. Assistant Professor of Spanish
University Hall 3116
(205) 975-5329

Research and Teaching Interests: Afro-Hispanic Literature and Culture, the Caribbean, US-Brazil-Hispanic Comparisons, Ways of Understanding the Body (Medicine, Gender, Race)

Office Hours: By appointment

  • PhD, Vanderbilt Combined PhD in Spanish and Portuguese

I am from Georgia, but great teachers inspired me to study Spanish so I could be like them. This led me to travel the world: Europe, Mexico, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Colombia, and Cambodia. I taught high school Spanish for five years. Studying the African Diaspora has given unity to my varied interests and gives me a sense of pride in discovering often under-appreciated writers, artists, and approaches.

I try to make my classes a place where students get to hear many voices, including their own. Students talk to international conversation partners via Skype and Zoom in my classes. I have multiple guest speakers each semester. I led a 2016 May mini-term trip to Puerto Rico to do community service and learn about local culture, and I chaperoned a May mini-term trip to Spain in medicine, language, and culture. My Medicine and Literature course uses a student-centered approach to study Latin American history and culture through these two disciplines. I have taught our first courses on Brazil and the Portuguese language. I am faculty sponsor of the Palomitas Spanish and Latin American Film Club and the Omicron Mu Chapter of the Sigma Delta Pi Spanish Honor Society. I am passionate about contemporary Latin American literature and culture, and I enjoy sharing them with my students.

  • Portuguese 101
  • Spanish 399: Special Topics: Medicine and Literature
  • Spanish 412: US Latino Writers
  • Spanish 414: African Hispaniphone Writers: Survey of the Afro-Hispanic World
  • FLL 485: Foreign Language Capstone: Brazil, the Other Half of South America
  • Maddox, John. “The Black Atlantic Revisited: Ana Maria Gonçalves’s Um defeito de cor.” Callaloo 40.4 (2017): 155-73. Texas A and M. (10/200, 5%)
  • Maddox, John. “A revolução e a pedagogia do possuído no romance Oiobomé de Nei Lopes.” Bilingual: English/Portuguese. Communitas 2.4 (2018): 189-210. Universidade Federal do Acre. Reprinted at, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. (Communitas Acceptance: 33/42, 79%)
  • Maddox, John. “Hispania: An Iberian Union for the New Millennium.” Hispania 101.2 (2018): 175-82. American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. Invited. (45/300, 15%)
  • Maddox, John. "Coronel Delmiro Gouveia, Brazilian (Film) Industry, and World War I in the Sertão." Latin American Research Review 53.1 (2018): 126-38. University of Pittsburgh. (50/250, 20%)
  • Maddox, John. "Los hijos de la Xica que Manda." Latin American Literary Review 44.9 (2017): 10-21. Cornell University. (12/50, 24%)
  • Maddox, John. "Una falla geológica de fallas raciales: El Sur norteamericano en Piri Thomas y Manuel Zapata Olivella.” Visitas al Patio 10 (2017): 13-40. University de Cartagena, CO. (11/22, 50%)
  • Maddox, John. “The Place of the Forge: The African Diaspora, History, and Comparative Literature.” Hispania. 100.5 (2017): 231­-36. Centenary Issue. American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. (45/300, 17%)
  • Maddox, John. Juliet of the Tropics, A Translation, With Introduction and Bibliography, of Alejandro Tapia y Rivera’s La cuarterona (1867). Book. Cambria, 2016. 218 pp. (1/10, 10% acceptance)
  • “The First New World Tragedy of Manuel Zapata Olivella’s Changó el Gran Putas.” Afro-Hispanic and Afro-Latin Literature and Classics. Lexington Books, 2016. 61-81. Bound volume edited by Madeline Henry (Purdue) and Elisa Rizo (Iowa State). (6/12, 50%).
  • AATSP Board of Directors, Chair, Higher Education Committee.
  • 2 UAB CAS’s Dean’s Grants, 2015 and 2018 ($5,500 total).
  • Guest Editor (with Graciela Maglia, Instituto Caro y Cuervo). Special Issue on Maroons. Co-Authored Introduction (pp.12-21), peer-reviewed article “The Pedagogy of the Possessed in Nei Lopes’s Novel Oiobomé,” (pp.143–61) Afro-Hispanic Review 36.1 (Spring 2017).
  • UAB Faculty Development Grant Program 2016-2017 ($10,000).
  • UAB QEP CTL Teaching Innovation Grant with Ling Ma, 2015; enhanced in 2017 with Brock Cochran
  • Reader, Hispania, PMLA, Revista de Literatura Colombiana
  • 2015 AATSP Outstanding Scholarly Publication Award for “AfroReggae: Antropofagia, Sublimation, and Intimate Revolt in the Favela.” Hispania 97.3: 463-76.
  • Faculty Fellows in Engaged Scholarship, 2015
  • Afro-Hispanic Review Editorial Board (2011-Present)