Kathryn McKnight

    Associate Professor, Spanish and Portuguese

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Dr. Kathryn McKnight received an appointment in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at The University of New Mexico in 2001. She has served as the Associate Director for Academic Programs for the Latin American and Iberian Institute. McKnight offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate level courses, with topics addressing the fundamentals of conducting research in literature; exploring debates, conflicts, and creativity of the Spanish-American cultural scene; and identity construction in Ibero-America, among other themes. Her research centers on the voices of those who speak from the margins of colonial Spanish American society. As a scholar of Latin America, her academic interests include Latin American colonial discourses, language, cultures, literatures, and cultural studies. In 2016-17, McKnight was honored with the distinction of UNM Outstanding Teacher of the Year.


  • PhD in Spanish, Stanford University 1992)
  • MA in Spanish, Stanford University (1987)
  • Non-degree Studies in Literature, Economics and Theology, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Costa Rica, and Seminario Bíblico Latinoamericano (1983)
  • BA in Latin American Studies, Earlham College (1982)

Research Areas

  • Afro-Hispanic Narratives and Testimonies
  • Colonial Literature
  • Early Modern Hispanic Nun Writers
  • Latin American Realities and Texts

Country Specialization(s)

  • Colombia
  • Mexico

Latin American Studies Courses

*Latin America-related courses offered during the past three years*

  • SPAN 431 Spanish American Literature Survey I
  • SPAN 502 Seminar: Research and Critical Methodology
  • SPAN 307 Intro Hispanic Literature
  • SPAN 639 Creole Subjects in 17th Century Ibero-America
  • SPAN 502 Proseminar: Research & Critical Methodology
  • SPAN 306 Healing & Health in Hispanic Literature