Melissa Fitch

About Melissa Fitch

Melissa A. Fitch, Ph.D., is a Professor of Spanish and Portuguese. Her research is currently focused on Asian representations of Latin American popular culture. She is author of the book Global Tangos: Travels in the Transnational Imaginary (Bucknell UP, 2015) and Side Dishes: Latin/a American Women, Sex and Cultural Production (Rutgers UP, 2009).

Since 2002 she has been editor-in-chief of the academic journal Studies in Latin American Popular Culture (University of Texas Press). Her essays have been published in Latin American Theater Review; Gestos: Teoría y práctica del teatro hispánico; Chasqui: Revista de literatura latinoamericana; ADFL Bulletin; Luso-Brazilian Review; Romance Languages Annual, ADE Bulletin and in the books Dale Nomás! Dale que va! (Buenos Aires: Editorial Nueva Generación, 2006); Latino/a Popular Culture (NYU Press, 2002) and Interventions: Feminist Dialogues on Third World Women's Literature and Film (Garland, 1997). She is co-author of the book Culture and Customs of Argentina (Greenwood, 1998).

Professor Fitch is past president of the Arizona Languages Association and the statewide Languages Articulation Task Force. She directed the UA Study Abroad program in Fortaleza, Brazil in 2001 and the UA programs in Alcala de Henares, Spain in 2004 and in Segovia, Spain in 2007. She directed the study abroad program in Chile in fall of 2014. She has traveled to 35 countries, including: Peru, where she studied Quechua in Cuzco in 1998; Turkey, where she studied Turkish in Istanbul in 2004 and 2005; China, where she studied Mandarin in Shanghai in 2007 and 2008; and Paris, France, where she studied French while on sabbatical in 2010. She was a Fulbright scholar to the Chinese University of Hong Kong for 2011-12. She lived in Valparaiso, Chile for eight months during 2014 and 2015. 

Areas of Study

 border studies, cultural studies, gender studies, dance and justice.

Melissa Fitch's picture

Contact Information

Melissa Fitch
Professor of Spanish and Portuguese


  • Ph.D., M.A., Spanish, Arizona State University
  • B.A. Women's Studies. Arizona State University
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences