Alonso Burgos Vazquez Mellado


Research interests: Mexico in the 20th and 21st centuries, Violence and Representation, Literary Realism, Documentation and the Archive, Theories of the Contemporary, Memory Studies, State and Nation.

Languages: Spanish (native), German (fluent), English (fluent), Russian (Good command), Ancient Greek (basic knowledge).

Born and raised in Mexico City, Alonso Burgos came to Princeton after doing his undergraduate studies in Comparative Literature and Political Science at the Free University of Berlin. His dissertation project seeks to explore the development of literary realism and methods of documentation in Mexican narrative literature of the 20th and 21st centuries, focusing especially on the three central periods of conflict in the recent history of the country: The Revolution, The "Dirty War" and the "War against Drugs". Together with Luis Fernando Bañuelos, Alonso organized a panel in the 2022 NeMLA Annual Conference titled: "New Literary Practices in 21st Century Mexico." 

Alonso worked as a McCrindle intern at the Princeton University Art Museum during the academic year 2021-2022. He has taught at the Department of Art and Archaeology and at correctional facilities in New Jersey through Princeton's Prison Teaching Initiative. His fiction has appeared in literary journals in Mexico, the U.S. and Germany. In May of 2019, he published his first book of short stories, Nada más que diablos.