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David Akbar Gilliam


  • PhD - Spanish (Hispanic Studies), University of Illinois at Chicago; Chicago, IL
  • MA - Spanish (Hispanic Studies), University of Illinois at Chicago; Chicago, IL
  • BA - Spanish (Hispanic Studies), Harvard University; Cambridge, MA

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Afro-Hispanic writers and themes in Latin America and Africa
  • Music as an expression of tri-ethnicity in the Americas
  • Islam in the Americas
  • Islamic representation in Don Quijote

Select Publications

  • "Bridging Cultures and Crossing Academic Divides: Teaching the Americas and the New Millenium" (Construyendo puentes sobre culturas y cruzando divisiones acadmicas: enseando las Amricas en el nuevo milenio).  Methaodos: revista de ciencias sociales, Vol. 1, Nro. 1 (nov 2013): 154-160. 
  • Music and Narrative: Portraying Race, Class and Gender on a Canvass of Pre-Revolutionary  Cuba in Las criadas de La Habana (2001)/The Maids of Havana (translated 2010), a novel by Pedro Prez Sarduy,  Dilogo 14 (Publication of the Latino Research Center of DePaul University) Fall, 2011.
  • Bantu Eye for the Western Eco-critic: Looking at Two Contemporary Literary Works from Equatorial Guinea.  College Language Association Journal, Vol. LIV, No. 2, Dec., 2010.
  • Renegotiating an African Identity Before and After Imperial Spain: Race, Class, Religion and Politics Explored in Don Quijote.  Marges 32 (Special issue): Discursos poscoloniales y renegociaciones de las identidades negras. fricas, Amricas, Caribes, Europa.  Eds. Clment Animan Akassi and Victorien LaVou Zoungbo.  Perpignan, France: Presses Universitaires de Perpignan, Fall, 2010.
  • Double Voice and Tri-ethnicity: Mapping a Discourse of Dialogism in Chang el Gran Putas by Manuel Zapata Olivella.  Negritud: Revista de Estudios Afro-Latinoamericanos, Vol. 3, No. 1, Summer, 2009.


  • DEPAUL UNIVERSITY, Chicago, Illinois
    Earned DePaul QM Star Award for Excellence in Online Course Design for achieving a perfect score in the DePaul Internal Quality Matters Review (Fall, 2012) Course: LST 200 Founding Myths and Cultural Conquest in Latin America
    Selected from a national pool of candidates to attend an NEH Institute (five weeks), The Literature of Equatorial Guinea at Howard University, Washington, D.C. (June-July, 2008)