Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish Karin Davidovich received her Ph.D. in Spanish in May 2014 from Vanderbilt University. She holds an M.A. in Hispanic literature from the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on 20th-century Latin American literature, testimonio, memory studies, gender studies and film with a regional emphasis on the Southern Cone. Her work analyzes how representations of traumatic memories change over time and are affected by the gender of the witness. Her articles have appeared in the academic journals Catedral Tomada: Revista de Critica Literaria Latinoamericana of the University of Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt e-journal of Luso Hispanic literature and Kamchatka Revista de Análisis Cultural. She is currently the co-editor of a volume for Hispanic Issues Online of the University of Minnesota titled “Vestiges of the Past: Memory Site and Its Artistic and Political Representations.” Below, she discusses what brought her to Dickinson, why she loves teaching Spanish and what she'd be doing if she weren't a professor.
I was a visiting professor at Franklin & Marshall College when I heard of the opportunity to teach at Dickinson part time. After one semester, I enjoyed working with the colleagues and the students so much that I asked to come back the following year as a full-time faculty. I am very happy to be given this opportunity.
What excites you most about teaching?
I enjoy sharing my native language (Spanish), culture and my favorite authors with my students.
How did you first get interested in your field of study?
I was always an avid reader, and I enjoyed writing and talking about books and films.
Tell me about something exciting on the horizon for your scholarship/teaching.
I am excited about the new volume on dictatorial sites I am editing for the Hispanic Issues online from the University of Minnesota.
If you weren’t a college professor, what would you want to be doing?
I would have liked to be an actress!
Published January 26, 2018