Erik Camayd-Freixas, Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Modern Languages at Florida International University.
Dr. Erik Camayd-Freixas is Professor of Hispanic Studies, Graduate Program Director, and Director of Translation Studies at Florida International University, Department of Modern Languages. A Harvard-trained communications analyst, social theorist, and expert linguist at federal and state courts, Dr. Camayd has testified before Congress, contributed as amicus curiae to the U.S. Supreme Court, and received human rights awards from the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center, the Guatemalan Foreign Ministry, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He has interpreted for ten heads of state, including President Obama and Pope Benedict XVI.
Dr. Camayd has lectured on linguistic, literary, and cultural studies, immigration, labor, ethics, and human rights in law schools, bar associations, and professional organizations nationally and internationally. He has published Realismo mágico y primitivismo (University Press of America, 1998), Primitivism and Identity in Latin America (University of Arizona Press, 2000), Postville: La criminalización de los migrantes (F&G Editores, 2009), La etnografía imaginaria: Historia y parodia en la literatura hispanoamericana (F&G Editores, 2012), Orientalism and Identity in Latin America (University of Arizona Press, 2013), and U.S. Immigration Reform and Its Global Impact (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), in addition to numerous articles in collective volumes and journals throughout the Americas and Europe. Dr. Camayd specializes in cultural studies, literature, and historiography of the colonial and contemporary periods of Latin America and the Caribbean.