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Meet the Latin American Studies Faculty

The concentration in Latin American Studies draws upon Knox faculty expertise in several areas related to Latin America -- history, language, literature, Black studies, political science, women's studies, sociology, anthropology and art history. Their academic field is listed below, with additional information and e-mail contacts on each person's linked profile page.

Karen Kampwirth Karen Kampwirth, Chair
Robert W. Murphy Chair in Political Science
Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley, 1993
"Throughout my career, I have been interested in people's attempts to radically transform their societies, why those attempts sometimes succeed, and what impact participating in such movements has on the participants."
Catherine Denial Catherine Denial
Burkhardt Distinguished Chair in History
Ph.D., University of Iowa, 2005
"I am particularly interested in the ways in which contact between cultures took place in different times and places."
Frederick Hord Frederick Hord
Professor of Black Studies
Ph.D., Union Graduate School, 1987
"My most immediate projects are in the areas of Black Studies theory, African American literary criticism, Black psychology traditions, and the status of Blacks in Latin America."
Jessie Dixon Jessie Dixon
Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1998
"My current research focuses on Cuban underground hip-hop as a platform for cultural expression and cultural revolution in contemporary Cuban society."
Timothy Foster Timothy Foster
Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures and On-Site Director, Barcelona Program
Ph.D., Columbia University, 1994
"One of my greatest satisfactions as a teacher is empowering my students to speak with reasoned authority."
William HopeWilliam Hope
Assistant Professor of Anthropology-Sociology 
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009

Gregory Gilbert Gregory Gilbert
Associate Professor of Art
Ph.D., Rutgers University, 1998
"I am currently researching the relationship between Pragmatist philosophy and the American avant-garde, specifically the Pragmatist background for the early Abstract Expressionist art of Robert Motherwell."
Konrad Hamilton Konrad Hamilton
Associate Professor of History
Ph.D., Stanford University, 1998


Jerome Miner Jerome Miner
Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures
Director, Burkhardt Language Center
Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1995
"My current research is in computer-assisted instruction, translation, and 20th-century Latin American narrative."
Robin Ragan Robin Ragan
Associate Professor in Modern Languages and Literatures
Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2001
"Thorough analysis of medical journals, hygiene manuals, midwifery journals, advertisements for medicine, and illustrations in fashion magazines have complemented my understanding of women's writing and how their portrayals of sick women work against the overall cultural understandings of women's bodies by focusing on the social causes rather than the biological sources of women's illness."







Magali Roy-Fequiere Magali Roy-Féquière
Associate Professor of Gender and Women Studies
Ph.D., 1993, Stanford University
"My aim is to further interrogate nationalism by addressing its silences."
Claudia Fernandez Claudia Fernández
Assistant Professor of Modern Languages-Spanish
Ph.D., University of Illinois-Chicago, 2005
"In particular, I investigate how adults learn the morphology and syntax (i.e., grammar) of a second language in the classroom."
Julio Noriega Julio Noriega
Visiting Associate Professor of Modern Languages-Spanish, On-site Director, Barcelona Program
Ph.D., Latin American and Peninsular Literature, University of Pittsburgh, 1993
"My interests lie in Spanish-American Migrant Literature within the context of colonial-postcolonial, transatlantic and cultural studies theories in Latin America as well as Indigenous Cultures of America in modernization."
Fernando Gomez Fernando Gomez
Assistant Professor of Modern Languages-Spanish
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
"In the classroom, I hope to foster an appreciation of what an important role the medium of literature plays in our lives and how it provides a space in which we can imagine, hypothesize, and negotiate such enigmatic issues as these in a way other mediums cannot."
Antonio Prado Antonio Prado
Assistant Professor of Modern Languages and Literature
Ph.D., University of Illinois-Urbana, 2006
"I am interested in texts that testify gender and class positions of political struggle in times of State crisis."
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