Kimberle López

    Associate Professor, Spanish and Portuguese

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Dr. Kimberle López received an appointment in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at The University of New Mexico in 1994. She maintains a geographical emphasis on Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, and Guatemala and specializes in 19th and 20th century narrative. López offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate level courses covering topics such as the canonical short stories from South American authors; representations of ethnic, racial, class, cultural, and gender identity in historical and fictional texts; and the fundamentals of conducting research in the field of literary and cultural studies.  She has published articles on Latin American narrative in Colonial Latin American Review, Luso-Brazilian Review, Letras Femeninas, Chasqui and Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana, and is the author of the book, Latin American Novels of the Conquest: Reinventing the NewWorld, (2002) which examines the ambivalent representation of Euro-American contact in a corpus of recent Latin American historical fictions that rewrite the chronicles of the conquest and colonization of the Americas.


  • PhD in Spanish, University of California, Berkeley (1994)
  • MA in Spanish, University of California, Berkeley (1989)
  • BA in Spanish, Russian and French, Portland State University (1987)

Research Areas

  • 19th and 20th Century Latin American Narrative
  • Literature of Conquest and Colonization in the Americas
  • Euro-American Contact in Literature

Country Specialization(s)

  • Brazil
  • Mexico

Latin American Studies Courses

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

  • SPAN 430 Spanish American Short Story
  • SPAN 639 El Cuento Hispanoamerica
  • SPAN 639 Women Transgressing Roles
  • SPAN 439 Women Crossing Borders
  • SPAN 431 Spanish American Lit Survey I
  • SPAN 502 Pro-Seminar Research Critical Methods
  • SPAN 432 Spanish American Literature Survey II
  • PORT 570 Sem: 20th century Latin America Regional Novel