Daniel Balderston

Mellon Professor of Modern Languages


1309B Cathedral of Learning
Pittsburgh, PA 15260


Daniel Balderston joined the University of Pittsburgh in 2008 as Mellon Professor of Hispanic Languages and Literatures. IN addition to being the Chair of the Department of Hispanic Languages & Literatures, he is director of the Borges Center, and editor of Variaciones Borges. Before coming to Pitt, he taught at Tulane and the University of Iowa. Dr. Balderston is an expert on Borges, Southern Cone literature, Brazilian literature, and Latin American gender and sexuality studies.


  • PhD, Comparative Literature, Princeton University
  • BA, English, UC - Berkeley

Selected Publications

  • Los caminos del afecto (Instituto Caro y Cuervo, 2015)
  • Kiss of the Spider Woman
  • El deseo, enorme cicatriz luminosa: Ensayos sobre homosexualidades latinoamericanas
  • Borges, realidades y simulacros.

Find many of Dr. Balderston's publications online via Hillman Library's repository at D-Scholarship @Pitt.

Areas of Specialization

 His research focuses on Borges and his contemporaries (Onetti, Silvina Ocampo, Roa Bastos) and writers whose work responds in different ways to Borges's work (Wilcock, Piglia, Saer). He also works on gender and sexuality studies and in literary translation (and in translation studies). His work ranges across Spanish America and Brazil, with a particular emphasis on the River Plate area.