Sara Poot-Herrera

Sara Poot-Herrera

Title: Professor
Company: University of California, Santa Barbara
Location: Santa Barbara, California, United States

Sara Poot-Herrera, Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Latin American and Spanish literature.

Matriculating at the University of Guadalajara in Mexico, Dr. Poot-Herrera received a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and a Master of Arts in education in 1977. In 1987, she achieved a Doctor of Philosophy in literature from El Colegio de Mexico, A.C. and spearheaded an illustrious career researching and teaching Spanish literature in Mexico City. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Poot-Herrera was invited to the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1988, where she has excelled as a professor within the Department of Spanish and Portuguese for 32 years. In her role, she designs, supervises and conducts graduate and undergraduate-level programs in the areas of Spanish and Latin American modern literature, Mexican colonial literature and Mexican culture. A doctoral adviser to approximately 30 graduate students, she is also the co-founder and director of UC-Mexicanistas, an intercampus association of researchers and writers active in Mexican culture studies and organizing several annual international conferences.

Renowned for her contributions to Latin American and Spanish literature, Dr. Poot-Herrera is the author of “Los Guardaditos de Sor Juana” and “Un Giro en Espiral, El Proyecto Literario de Juan José Arreola y Otros Ensayos Sobre su Obra.” Having been abundantly awarded for her work, she was named among Protagonists of Mexican Literature by the National Institute of Fine Arts in 2018 and was the recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award from UC Santa Barbara for the 2013-2014 school year. Directly from Mexico, Dr. Poot-Herrera was granted the Eligio Ancona Medal in 2014 and Yucatán Medal in 2009 from the Government of the State of Yucatán, as well as the Héctor Victoria Aguilar Medal in 2008 from the Congress of the State of Yucatán. Likewise, she was honored with the Antonio Medix Bolio Medal in 2000 and was named Woman of the Year by the Mexican-American Opportunity Foundation in 1997. To remain abreast of her industry, Dr. Poot-Herrera maintains affiliation with the Mexican Academy of Language and Modern Language Association.

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