Professor Jill S. Kuhnheim retired from her position at KU as of July, 2016. She is continuing to work as a Visiting Professor at Brown University and her KU email will remain active. Her areas of research and teaching include contemporary Spanish American poetry, gender, and cultural studies and she has new projects in process that deal with how US American literature dialogues with or interprets Latin America. She received her B.A. from Reed College in Portland, Oregon and her Ph.D. in Spanish American Literature from the University of California, San Diego. Before joining the faculty at KU she taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1990-2000), and has been a Visiting Professor at University of Kentucky and Miami University of Ohio.
Professor Kuhnheim is an editor for the Río de la Plata Poetry Section of the Library of Congress’s Handbook of Latin American Studies. Her first book, Gender, Politics, and Poetry in Twentieth Century Argentina, was published by the U. of Florida Press (1996) and her articles have appeared in a variety of journals. A collection of essays co-edited with Danny Anderson, Cultural Studies in the Curriculum: Teaching Latin America was published at MLA Press in 2003. Her next book,Spanish American Poetry at the End of the 20th Century: Textual Disruptions (UT Press, 2004) examines the variety of cultural roles played by poetry in late twentieth century Spanish America; it was awarded the Byron Caldwell Award for best book in the Humanities from the Hall Center in 2005. Her latest book, Beyond the Page: Poetry and Performance in Spanish America, is out at the U. of Arizona Press (2014). She is currently co-editing a collection of essays on Teaching Contemporary Spanish American Poetry” for the MLA “Options in Teaching” series with Melanie Nicholson.