Visiting Professor of Hispanic Studies
Phone: +1 401 863 2033
Jill Kuhnheim received her B.A. from Reed College in Portland, Oregon and her Ph.D. in Spanish American Literatures from the University of California, San Diego. She has been a professor in the Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1990-2000) and at the University of Kansas (2000-2015), where she has chaired the Department and also served as Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (2013-15). She is coming to Brown as a Visiting Professor.
Professor Kuhnheim has been an editor for the Río de la Plata Poetry Section of the Library of Congress’s Handbook of Latin American Studies. Her first book, Gender, Politics, and Poetry in Twentieth Century Argentina, was published by the U. of Florida Press (1996) and her articles have appeared in a variety of journals. She co-edited a collection of essays (with Danny Anderson), Cultural Studies in the Curriculum: Teaching Latin America (MLA Press, 2003). Her next book, Spanish American Poetry at the End of the 20th Century: Textual Disruptions (UT Press, 2004) examines the variety of cultural roles played by poetry in late twentieth century Spanish America; it was awarded the Byron Caldwell Award for best book in the Humanities from the Hall Center at KU in 2005. Her latest book, Beyond the Page: Poetry and Performance in Spanish America, came out at the U. of Arizona Press in 2014 and she is currently co-editing a book on teaching contemporary Latin American Poetries. She was selected as a KU “Woman of Distinction” in 2013.
At Brown this year she will offer courses on Spanish for health care, contemporary representations of gender in Latin America and, in collaboration with students and the Director of graduate studies, will develop a series of professional seminars for graduate students.