Carlos Diego Arenas Pacheco

Carlos Diego Arenas Pacheco


Licentiate in Philosophy, Universidad La Salle (Mexico City), 2012, summa cum laude; M.A. in Humanities, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (Mexico City), 2016; Master of Medieval Studies, University of Notre Dame, 2019

Year of Matriculation



Areas of Interest

World literature; History of Catholic education in 16th and 17th-Century Americas and East Asia; Translation of Western literature into non-Western languages; Indigenous language revitalization


My dissertation project, titled "Global Students, Global Writers: Education and World Literature in the Early Colonial Iberian World", co-directed by W. Martin Bloomer and Karen Graubart, explores the reception of Iberian literary culture by non-European intellectuals in the first century of Iberian colonial projects in the Americas (Mexico and Peru) and Asia (India, the Philippines, Japan, and China). My multidisciplinary and multilingual project aims at bringing the reader into a classroom for non-European Catholic boys and girls and out into the world of their mature literary production, where the influence of the Greco-Latin classics is yet to be explored. I am also interested in modern translations of Western literature into Asian and Mexican Indigenous languages, as well as in contemporary projects of Indigenous language revitalization.

Recent Scholarly Activity

  • National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship, 2022–2023
  • The John Carter Brown short-term fellowship, September–December 2022
  • Newberry Library short-term fellowship, August–September 2022
  • Conference co-organizer: "Narraciones Indígenas/Indigenous Storytelling: Tales and Aesop's Fables in the Indigenous Americas," virtual public humanities conference, Notre Dame International & Medieval Institute, April 28–9, 2022
  • Article: "The Double Mistaken Identity of Colonial Literature. The Cases of Aesop’s Fables in Japan (1593) and India (1803)," in Journal of World Literature, 6(4), 529–548.