Zavalza Hough-Snee, Dexter

(B.A. University of Chicago; M.A. San Diego State University)

Dexter is a doctoral candidate whose dissertation research focuses on satire and economic thought in colonial Latin America. Situated in the matrix between literary studies and art history and geographically spanning the Iberian world, Dexter’s work engages manuscripts, literary texts, illustrated books, prints, painting, and material culture to read colonial satirical production as systematic critique of early modern primitive accumulation and nascent capitalism into the early-nineteenth century. He is also active in the field of critical surfing studies, where he is currently working on a state theory of the surfing community in order to theorize the limitations and possibilities of surfing as unifying social practice, subversive act, and communion with the natural world. Dexter is currently editing The Critical Surf Studies Reader with Alex Eastman, tentatively slated for publication in early 2016.

His research has received support from the Fulbright Commission, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Education, the Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities, the Bancroft Library, and the Teagle Foundation. His scholarly and media writings have been published in print and online in Latin America, the United States, and Spain.