Hattie Marie Miles Polka

School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures - Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Ph.D. Student
Advisor: Luciano Tosta and Margot Versteeg
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall 2631
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS


Hattie received her B.A. in Spanish from Lawrence University, Wisconsin, and an M.A. in Spanish Literatures from the University of Kansas, during which time she received the L. R. Fox Graduate Scholarship. In the 2015-2016 academic year, she worked as a lecturer of English at the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Spanish & Portuguese literatures and film. Her work centers on representations of dictatorship in film and novels, with emphasis on the child's perspective.

Office Hours: T/Th 11:00-12:00; F 1:00-2:00

Teaching Interests

  • Communicative approach to second language learning
  • Dynamic and collaborative classroom environment
  • Individualized learning
  • Open
  • Transparent
  • Positive

Research Interests

  • Contemporary Iberian Film and Literature
  • Dictatorship Film and Literature
  • The Child's Perspective in Film and Literature

Calendar of Events
KU Today
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times