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Juan Carlos Mercado
Campus Affiliation: City College of New York
Phone: (212) 817-8413
Research Interests: 19th- and 20th- Century Spanish-American Literature History of Ideas in Latin America, The Essay 16th-Century Discoverers and Explorers in North America (USA Territory)

Juan Carlos Mercado is the Dean of the City College Division of Interdisciplinary Studies. He is also the Director of Study Abroad and International Programs at the College. Prior to his appointment as a Dean, Mercado was Professor and Chair of Foreign Languages and Literature at CCNY from 2000 to 2007, and Acting Provost of the College in 2011. He has worked on 19th Century Spanish American Literature, History of Ideas, and on the Spanish exploration of what is today the United States. He is the author of several, books, reviews and articles. His most recent publications are two annotated editions of Pedro Menéndez de Avilés: Cartas sobre la Florida (Letters from Florida) 1555-1574 (2002), and Menéndez de Avilés y la Florida: Crónicas de sus expediciones (2006), a translation into English of this work: Menéndez de Avilés and Florida: Chronicles of his Expeditions (2010), and an annotated edition (with Isaías Lerner) of Juan María Gutiérrez’s Escritores Coloniales (Juan María Gutiérrez’s Colonial Writers) (2012). He is currently working on annotated edition of La Argentina. Historia de las Provincias del Río de la Plata. He is the founder/Chair of The Americas Film Festival of New York (TAFFNY). Mercado is also one of the founders, with the Dean of Division of Humanities and the Arts and the Dean of the Colin Powell School of Civic and Global Leadership, of Human Rights: A Yearlong Forum at the City College of New York. [photo: City College.]