Rafael Acosta Morales is an Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Kansas. He received his Ph.D. from the Cornell University in 2014. His research interests relate to Political Theory, Latino Studies, Comparative Literature and Mexican Studies. His previous work has appeared in Revista Iberoamericana, Latin American Perspectives, and the Latin American Research Review. His current book project, Druglords, Cowboys and Desperadoes: Matrixes of Violence in the Mexican American Frontier, studies how affective structures represented in stories illustrate the substrata of political behavior.