José David Saldívar is a scholar of late postcontemporary culture, especially the minoritized literatures of the United States, Latin America, and the transamerican hemisphere, and of border narrative and poetics from the sixteenth century to the present.
He is the author of various works; most recently, he is the author of Trans-Americanity: Subaltern Modernities, Global Coloniality, and the Cultures of Greater Mexico (Duke University Press, 2012), and the coeditor (with Jennifer Harford Vargas and Monica Hanna) of Junot Díaz and the Decolonial Imagination (Duke University Press, 2016).
Additionally, he has published numerous articles in journals and has served on the editorial boards of Duke University Press, the University of California Press. He currently serves on the editorial boards of the journals American Literary History, The Global South, Aztlan, and World Knowledges Otherwise. He has received personal research grants from The Ford Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the University of California President's Research Fellowship in the Humanities, the William Rice Kimball Fellowship, Stanford Humanities Center, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford.
In 2005, he received the Chicano Scholar of the Year Award from the Modern Language Association; and in 2007 he received the Sarlo Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Award from the University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to Stanford in January 2010, Saldívar was the Class of 1942 Professor of English and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.