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Uriel Quesada

Vice Provost for Institutional Research, Accreditation, and Academic Engagement


Ph.D., Tulane University

M.A., New Mexico State University

B.A., Universidad de Costa Rica Licenciatura, Universidad de Costa Rica


  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Languages and Cultures


  • Latin America


Uriel Quesada (San José, Costa Rica) is the Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He was the Interim Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences in 2018. His areas of interest are Central American and Caribbean literatures and cultural studies, U.S. Latino studies, Queer studies and Latin American Popular Culture studies. He has written about Central American detective fiction, Latin American masculinities and travel writing. In 2009 he co-edited a special issue of the academic journal Istmo devoted to the study of gender and sexualities in contemporary Central American literature.

Dr. Quesada has offered courses on Latin American crime literature, Central American postwar literature, Latin American urban chronicle, Border studies, and Latin American Life Writing.

Classes Taught

  • Latin American crime literature
  • Central American postwar literature
  • Latin American urban chronicle
  • Border studies
  • Latin American Life Writing


As a writer of fiction, Dr. Quesada has published seven books, including El atardecer de los niños (short stories, 1990; Editorial Costa Rica Award and Costa Rica National Book Award 1990), Lejos, tan lejos (short stories, Áncora Award in Literature, 2005), El gato de sí mismo (novel, Costa Rica National Book Award 2006) and Viajero que huye (short stories, 2008).