Steven Alvarez

Steven Alvarez

St. John's University
Education Background

Ph.D., English, The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY), 2012

M.Phil., English, The Graduate Center, CUNY. Conferred with distinction, 2009

B.A., Creative Writing, University of Arizona. Magna cum Laude, 2003

B.A., English Literature and Composition, University of Arizona. Magna cum Laude, 2002

Teaching Background 

St. John’s University Assistant Professor, January 2017-Present
University of Kentucky Assistant Professor, August 2012-December 2016

Research Field
Taco Literacy: The Migrations of Mexican Foodways Literacies in the United States (Initial stages in process for book project)
This oral history project aims to bridge the scholarship and practice of scholars researching Mexican food, transnational migration, and literacy studies. Given that the public exchange of knowledge, practices, and perspectives on literacy studies and food can tremendously benefit our field and students from kindergarten to the university, I intend to explore opportunities and approaches for building resources, enhancing incentives, and promoting transnational collaboration among writing scholars and teachers across the United States and Mexico for the common good of both nations. An understanding of critical factors and forces that shape that new world, including immigration, increase recognition of transnational food literacy networks in academe, and ultimately the increasing number of “global citizens” in the nation. The influence of food across the border is deeply connected to local experiences that extend beyond national borders. Food is very much an emotional part of the immigrant experiences, and in learning and writing about recipes as well as searching for authenticity, or local variations to preparation or presentation, and how food literacies situate different spaces, identities, forms of knowledge, and ways of languaging. The documentary evidence and writing from this research will draw on the diversity of languages, cultures, and food research traditions within and beyond national and cultural borders, and to foster the sense of global citizenship and networks around Mexican food migration across the United States and Mexico.