Kirsten Silva Gruesz

DivisionHumanities Division,
Social Sciences Division
DepartmentLiterature Department,
Oakes College
AffiliationsLatin American & Latino Studies,
Critical Race and Ethnic Studies,
Chicano Latino Research Center
Phone831-459-2225 (Office),
831-459-1924 (Message)
Web Site Personal Webpage
OfficeHumanities 1 636
Office HoursWinter 2017: Wednesdays 3:45-5; Fridays 10:30-12
Campus Mail StopHumanities Academic Services
Mail1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA
Kirsten Silva Gruesz

Research Interests

Latino/Chicano literary cultures, 19th century to present. Transnational and comparative American Studies. Nineteenth-century US poetry and fiction. History of the book and print culture, along with digital humanities. Bilingualism, literacy studies, translation studies.

Biography, Education and Training

BA Swarthmore; PhD Yale. I am interested in the changing conditions of literary production and reception: who gets to say what's good, or what's worth remembering? What languages and linguistic registers have social power, and who gets access to them? These are the questions I ask about English- and Spanish-language materials from across the Americas, from the seventeenth century to the present (although the mid-nineteenth century, on the one hand, and the post-NAFTA era, on the other, are the periods in which most of my research focuses.) I write about, and teach, contemporary works by U.S. Latinas and Latinos, whose experiences are deeply rooted in the entangled histories of colonization and racism that link the U.S. to Mexico and Central America, as well as the Caribbean, with particular force. I am active in many clusters and initiatives, including the Latino Cultures Network and the Latino Literary Cultures Project/Proyecto culturas literarias latinas. In other professional contexts, I spread the gospel of comparative and multilingual approaches to "American" literature and history.

Honors, Awards and Grants

National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Fellowship, 2016

Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies, 2005-06

Selected Publications

Selected Presentations

# See personal webpage for complete CV.

Teaching Interests

Same as expertise/research interests.

Courses Taught

LIT 80N, Latino Expressions in the US
LTEL 110F, 19C American Fiction
LTWL 127, Chicano/Mexicano Geographies
LTWL 117, History & Memory in the New World
LTEL 120C, 19C American Poetry