Luis

Luis Fernando Restrepo

University Professor

(ARSC)-Arts & Sciences
World Languages, Literatures, & Cultures
lrestr@uark.edu
479-575-7580

Biography

Luis Fernando Restrepo (B.A. Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Medellin, Colombia, 1988; M.A. University of Maryland, 1992; Ph.D. University of Maryland, 1996), joined the Department in the Fall of 1995 as a professor of Spanish specialized in colonial Latin American literature and culture.  Other teaching and research interest include indigenous literatures, literature and human rights, service learning, and Latino education.  He has been visiting professor at the Universidad Javeriana with a Fulbright Scholarship, and also at the Universidad de Antioquia and Universidad Eafit in Medellin, Colombia. He serves in the editorial boards of Confluencia (Colorado), Revista Estudios de Literatura Colombiana (Universidad de Antioquia), and Perifrasis (Universidad de los Andes).  His current research project focuses on early modern humanitarianism.  He is the current director of the Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies Program. In 2011 he established Sin Limites, The Latino Youth Biliteracy Project, a service learning initiative involving upper level Spanish students mentoring elementary and middle school Spanish heritage speakers.  He has also served as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Community and the founding director of La Oficina Latina—The Office of Latino Academic Advancement and Community Relations.