David William Foster



Regents' Professor of Spanish and Women and Gender Studies




Arizona State University


David William Foster (Ph.D., University of Washington, 1964 [BA, 1961; MA, 1963 University of Washington]) Regents' Professor of Spanish and Women and Gender Studies at Arizona State University. He served as Chair of the Department of Languages and Literatures from 1997-2001.In Spring 2009, he served as the Ednagene and Jordan Davidson Eminent Scholar in the Humanities at Florida International University. His research interests focus on urban culture in Latin America, with emphasis on issues of queer gender construction and sexual identity, as well as Jewish culture. He has written extensively on Argentine narrative and theater, and he has held Fulbright teaching appointments in Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay. He has also served as an Inter-American Development Bank Professor in Chile. His publications included Glimpses of Phoenix: The Desert Metropolis in Written and Visual Media (McFarland, 2013) and Latin American Documentary Filmmaking: Major Texts (University of Arizona Press, 2013), and he has recently published monographs on Argentine and Brazilian graphic narrative (University of Texas Press, 2016) and Chicano photography (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017). Foster is past-President of the Latin American Jewish Studies Association.