I am an professor and researcher of Latin American Literature and Creative Writing in the Department of Social Sciences and Humanities at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito. My current research focuses on the history of Ecuadorian Children’s Literature and community-based arts pedagogies. Some of the undergraduate classes I teach are: Ecuadorian Poetry, Poetry and Film, Children’s and Youth Literature, Ecuadorian Children’s Literature, Brazilian Literature, Introduction to Fiction, Oral History and Digital Storytelling, and Literary Essay.

Moderating a panel about Children’s Filmmaking at Universidad San Francisco de Quito. September 2019.

In 2012, I obtained my PhD from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at The University of Texas at Austin. My dissertation focused on the emergence and failure of liberal projects in Ecuador and Brazil and their representation in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century literary works. Prior to being admitted to candidacy, I earned my Master of Arts in Hispanic Literature from the same institution. Alongside with my interest and research on Latin American literatures and cultures, I completed a portfolio in Nonprofit Studies at the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

In 2006 I received the Mary Elvira Stevens Traveling Fellowship from the Center for Work and Service at Wellesley College. This award allowed me to found La Poderosa Media Project, an organization that encourages youth empowerment, cultural empathy, and collaborative learning through community-based arts programs in Americas.

Alejandra Zambrano talking about La Poderosa Media Project. “El viaje del emprendedor” (Universidad San Francisco de Quito, March 2019)
Alejandra Zambrano talking about La Poderosa Media Project during the International Film Festival “Ojo de Pescado” (Valparaíso, Chile, August 2017)