David R. Castillo, PhD

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David R. Castillo is Professor of Spanish and co-director of the Center for Information Integrity at SUNY Buffalo where he served as Chair of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures from 2009 to 2015 and Director of the Humanities Institute from 2016 to 2022.

Castillo is a recipient of the UB Exceptional Scholar Award for Sustained Achievement. His work in early modern literature and cultural history focuses on the damaging effects of inflationary media, including the proliferation of deceptive illusions and manipulative disinformation, and what we can learn from the “reality literacy” strategies of Miguel de Cervantes and other authors of the Spanish Golden Age to help us survive our post-truth age.

Castillo’s books include What Would Cervantes Do? Navigating Post-truth with Spanish Baroque Literature, Un-Deceptions: Cervantine Strategies for the Disinformation Age, Medialogies: Reading Reality in the Age of Inflationary Media, Zombie Talk: Culture, History, Politics, Baroque Horrors: Roots of the Fantastic in the Age of Curiosities, and (A)wry Views: Anamorphosis, Cervantes, and the Early Picaresque.

He has coedited Reason and Its Others: Italy, Spain, and the New World, Spectacle and Topophilia: Reading Early and Postmodern Hispanic Cultures, Writing in the End Times: Apocalyptic Imagination in the Hispanic World, and Continental Theory Buffalo: Transatlantic Crossroads of a Critical Insurrection.

His work in progress includes the collaborative volumes “Truth Seeking in Our Age of (Mis)Information Overload” and “Anti-Disinformation Pedagogy: Understanding the Power of Manipulative Media and What We Can Do About it.”