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Unzueta appointed associate vice provost

Fernando UnzuetaThe Office of International Affairs at The Ohio State University has named Fernando Unzueta, professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, as associate vice provost for global strategies and international affairs. His appointment begins on September 3.

Unzueta has a long-standing relationship with the Office of International Affairs, having led an education abroad program to Bolivia for many years as well as serving as the director of the Center for Latin American Studies from 2002 – 2006. He also was chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese from 2004 – 2013.

He will join Gil Latz, vice provost for global strategies and international affairs, in overseeing administrative and academic units that fall under the umbrella of the Office of International Affairs, including education abroad, international student and scholar services, area studies centers, the global gateway offices, the Global One Health initiative and international partnerships. Unzueta also will work closely with the vice provost in the formulation and implementation of global strategies for the university and represent OIA in a variety of activities both on and off campus.

“As the Office of International Affairs works with the Office of Academic Affairs on a university-wide effort to broaden Ohio State’s global footprint, Professor Unzueta brings a unique understanding of the university and a deep commitment to international scholarship, teaching and service,” said Gil Latz, vice provost for global strategies and international affairs. “I am delighted he has agreed to accept a leadership appointment with OIA that will allow him to share a wealth of administrative experience and international academic expertise.”

Unzueta's academic and research expertise is in literature and history in the Spanish American narrative, national identities and subject formations and 19th century Latin American literature and cultures. He has published on a wide range of topics, including colonial and post-colonial subjects, the relations between literature and history, the discursive production of national identities and early newspapers.

He holds a PhD in Spanish from the University of Texas at Austin, a master’s in Spanish from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a bachelor’s in industrial engineering from SUNY at Buffalo.