Nikita L. Duling

Nikita L. Duling
  • Ph.D. Student
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Spanish & Portuguese

Contact Info

Wescoe Hall 2037


Nikita is a PhD student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at KU. She earned her BA in Spanish and History from Wisconsin Lutheran College, graduating magna cum laude in 2019. Following which, she earned her M.A. from Syracuse University in Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture in 2021. Her studies at Syracuse culminated in her Graduate Project which analyzed the relationship between presentational space, collective and individual memory, and the development of Autofiction in the play Ostia (2013)by Sergio Blanco.

Nikita is most interested in contemporary Latin American Theater, particularly that which blends the lines between art and reality like Teatro Testimonial, Teatro Documental, Theatre of the Real, Biodrama, and Autofiction, but pays particular attention to the latter.


Research interests:

  • Latin American Theater and Performance
  • Autofiction
  • Theatre of the Real, Teatro Testimonial, Teatro Documental, Biodrama
  • Violence and Trauma
  • Memoria y post-memoria
  • La literatura del yo


Teaching interests:

  • Communicative Approach to Language Teaching
  • Global Citizenship
  • Hispanic Literature and Culture

Awards & Honors

2021   Certificate in University Teaching, The Graduate School, Syracuse University

2021   Outstanding M.A. Student in Spanish, The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Syracuse University

2021   Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, The Graduate School, Syracuse University

2020   Summer Graduate Fellowship, Syracuse University