Leopoldo Peña, PhD

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Position Title
Lecturer of Spanish

616 Sproul Hall


Leopoldo Peña is an immigrant, public scholar, language justice interpreter, photographer and lecturer of Spanish.

Education and Degrees

  • Ph.D., Spanish, University of California, Irvine
  • M.A., Spanish, Cal State University, Long Beach
  • B.A., Spanish and journalism, Cal State University, Long Beach
  • A.A., Photography, East Los Angeles College, Monterey Park                                                       

Research Interests

  • Photography
  • Mexican, Mexican American, Latinx studies
  • Mexican Indigenous diaspora
  • Immigrant literatures
  • Narrative journalism
  • Marxist philosophy
  • Political democracy theory
  • Fascism
  • Nationalism
  • Migration
  • Californian transnationalism


  • Peña, Leopoldo. “Calling on Difference in Javier Castellanos Martínez Dxiokze xha… bene walhall/Gente del mismo corazón. The Latin Americanist, Sept. 2019.
  • Peña, Leopoldo. “La doble mirada del sujeto informal en Cartas a Crispina de Lamberto Roque Hernández.” Transmodernity: Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production of the Luso-Hispanic World, vol. 7, issue 3, Fall 2018, pp. 58-78.
  • Peña, Leopoldo. “Danza de los Superhéroes: Immigrant Tradition in Transnational Transfer. Boom California, July 2017.
  • Berger, Martin E. and Leopoldo Peña. “Creating Spaces of Transborder Play: Indigenous Mexican Migrants in California and the Game of Pelota Mixteca.” Streetnotes (2014) 22: 108-118.