John Nieto-Phillips

Photo portrait of John Nieto-Phillips

Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity
Bryan Hall 109

Phone: (812) 855-2809

John Nieto-Phillips is a historian of Latina/o historical experiences. His research and teaching examine how ideas about race, language and ethnicity have shaped relations between Latinas and Latinos and the U.S. body politic. His first book, The Language of Blood (2004), examines those relations in the context of New Mexico’s struggle for admission into the Union at the turn of the twentieth century.

His current book project studies the cultural and intellectual movement known as Hispanism from the 1910s through the 1940s. Hispanism involved the popularization of the Spanish language and Hispanic histories and cultures. This project highlights the involvement of Latinas and Latinos in that movement, studies their ideological aims, and maps their position within academic networks that spanned the Atlantic and the Americas. He is the recipient of Mellon, Fulbright and other grants to advance this project.

Nieto-Phillips is also editor of Chiricú Journal: Latina/o Literatures, Arts, and Cultures. Founded at Indiana University during the 1970s by the late Spanish literature scholar Professor Luis Dávila, this is a peer-reviewed, twice-yearly publication of Indiana University Press. Previously, he was associate editor of the Journal of American History (2006-2010) and director of the Latino Studies Program (2010-2014). Nieto-Phillips has received awards for his teaching and his promotion of cultural understanding at Indiana University. He has enjoyed developing Service Learning curriculum and Study Abroad programs to Spain.

In 2016, Nieto-Phillips was appointed Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity.