Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Modern & Classical Languages

First Advisor

Dr. Leslie Marsh

Second Advisor

Dr. William Nichols


Racialized Latino subjects in The X-Files are representative of American paranoia surrounding immigration and multiculturalism, and the narratives of alien infiltration and infection are manifestations of these fears of Latino racial integration in the United States. A surge in nationalist and nativist sentiment in US media leads to negative bias against Latinos; metaphors of hybridization, colonization, pollution, infiltration, and contagion are used to code Latinos as threats to the nation. This thesis analyzes five episodes of The X Files featuring Latinos which demonstrate these cultural anxieties.

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