Prof. Alonso became Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in July 2011. At Columbia he was chair of the department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures from 2005-10, and was Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society for four years. He has taught recently the required graduate seminar on "Literary and Cultural Theory" and the course "Theories of Culture in Latin America." Under his editorship the department's Revista Hispánica Moderna received the 2009 Council of Editors of Learned Journals Phoenix Award for Significant Editorial Achievement.
Alonso specializes in 19th- and 20th-century Latin American intellectual history and cultural production, and in contemporary literary and cultural theory. At Columbia he has taught graduate seminars on Literary and Cultural Theory and on Theories of Culture in Latin America. He has also served as director of undergraduate studies for the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society.
Alonso is the author of Modernity and Autochthony: The Spanish American Regional Novel (Cambridge UP),The Burden of Modernity: The Rhetoric of Cultural Discourse in Spanish America (Oxford UP), and editor ofJulio Cortázar: New Readings (Cambridge UP). From 2000 to 2003 he was editor of PMLA, the scholarly journal of the Modern Language Association. Under his editorship, the Revista Hispánica Moderna received the 2009 Phoenix Award for Significant Editorial Achievement from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals.
He is currently working on a study of the lyric as a form of ideological interpellation.