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Alejandro H. Jacky
Visiting Assistant Professor of Language and Culture Studies
Phone: (860) 297-2149 Office Location: 014 Seabury
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Trinity College faculty member since 2012 View office hours for Spring 2014
General ProfileTeachingResearchPublications/PresentationsHonors/Awards
Ph.D., The Ohio State Univ. (2012)
M.A., Univ. of Houston (2004)
B.A., Univ. of Houston (2002)

Alejandro Jacky is a Latin American cultural studies scholar, specializing in transnational gangs and the representations of urban violence in Hispanic and U.S. Latino popular culture. Drawing from field work experience in El Salvador and Los Angeles, his dissertation examines how the gang, Mara Salvatrucha, consolidates its social identity through their expressive culture—specifically tattoos, graffiti, and rap.

Alejandro incorporates this focus on transnational gangs and their expressive tradition in his approach to teaching, engaging students across all levels through these articulations of culture. Furthermore, his passion for more traditional literary and artistic expressive forms establishes a dynamic classroom experience, where students are in control of their own learning experience via interactive lesson plans and lively in-class discussions.  An opponent of the “talking head” style of teaching, he believes that the best way to help his students learn is by challenging them to participate, debate, and formulate their own ideas.