José Adrián Badillo Carlos is a native from the beautiful city of Guadalajara in México. He is a Doctoral candidate in our Hispanic Cultural Studies program and a Teaching Assistant of Spanish in our department. He received his B.A. and M.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from Northern Illinois University, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Spanish-English Translation, and a Graduate Concentration in Latino American Studies (LLAS). While at NIU, he received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award and was inducted into Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, and Phi Sigma Iota, International Foreign Language Honor Society. While at Michigan State University, in the last two years he also worked as the Research Assistant for the office of Undergraduate Education, Diversity, and Inclusion under the College of Arts & Letters. Within our department, José served a two-year term as the co-chair of the Graduate Student Association, an organization aimed to promote academic and professional development among the department's graduate students through workshops and the organization of a great graduate conference. He is currently the co-editor of our TROPOS Graduate Journal, as well as a collaborator for the Migration Studies Research Group. José is also a member of the organizing committee for the MSU Latino Film Festival. They are preparing their first film festival that would serve MSU and the greater Lansing community. For the past 3 years, José has been one of two Stewards representing the RCS student body within the Graduate Employees Union. Due to his hard work, the RCS department recognized him with the Outstanding Contributor Award in 2017.
His research interests include Latin American literature's and cultural studies, especially Mexican popular culture. His main research focuses on the representation of violence, corruption, and narcocultura in contemporary music (narcocorridos-drug ballads), literature, television series, and films.