Graduate Student & Teaching Assistant
Office: HMNSS 2623


  • M.A. University of California Riverside, 2015
  • B.A.  Whittier College, 2011


Juan Pablo Bustos specializes in 20th and 21st Century Spanish literature and film, with an emphasis on Francoist and post-Francoist Spain. His current research deals with how the metaphoric concept of the labyrinth functions as a narrative structure in the post-Civil War Spanish novel. Additionally, he is currently working on a book length project that aims to teach the history, literature, and culture of Spain through the sport of soccer in an academic setting.

Moreover, Juan Pablo is also an Asian Latin Americanist. After studying abroad in Spain and China, he was awarded the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in 2010 to conduct a research project that explored the interconnections between Latin America and Asia. The research project, titled Metaphoric Concepts of Hybridity and Identity in Literary Studies, involved analyzing five different novels whose Asian Latin American characters demonstrated that the struggles and successes of the Asian migrant population in Latin America informed the unique construction of the characters’ ethnic identities.


Agudelo, Darío Jaramillo. “Colombian literature: national treasure or fraud?” A History of Colombian Literature. Editor: Raymond Leslie Williams. Cambridge University Press. 2016. p. 457-475. (Book Chapter Translated by Juan Pablo Bustos).

Bustos, Juan Pablo & Galván, Apollonia. Information about the book that was reviewed: Oaxaca al Gusto: An Infinite Gastronomy. Austin: University of Texas Press. 2010. Information about the book review itself: Published in Diálogo, Vol. 18 (1): pp.177-178. Spring 2015, an interdisciplinary journal published by the Center for Latino Research at DePaul University in Chicago.