Ruth Brown

  • Lecturer
  • Academic Coordinator
  • Faculty Advisor The FLIE Society student group
  • Hispanic Studies
1141 Patterson Office Tower
Research Interests:
Spring 2016 office hours: MWF from 9-10 and 1-2, Tuesday from 9-2, also by appointment at other times

PhD, Hispanic Studies University of Kentucky

MA, Spanish University of Kentucky BA, Spanish Berea College


Currently my teaching emphasis includes instructional design and service-learning curricular development. I am particularly interested in finding practical and professional ways for students to engage with our local Latino community. Beyond the classroom, my research interests also include creative narratives (films, short stories, novels, and chronicles) about migration in the Spanish-speaking world, in particular Mexico and Central America.

I have many years of experience working and traveling in Mexico and the US-Mexico Border region.  I worked with Lexington's Hispanic community for over seven years as a social services provider, health educator, interpreter/translator, and community organizer. During that time I made many trips to Mexico, visiting the states from which Kentucky's migrants hail and getting to know the Mexican health care system and reasons why people choose to migrate. In 2013-14 I served as Director for Georgetown College's Inmersión en Español Spanish Immersion Program. I currently participate in the Foundation for Latin American and Latin@ Culture and Arts, the Latino Leadership and College Experience Camp, Lexington Latino Festival Health Fair planning committee, and Kentucky Latino Education Alliance. I am also the Faculty Advisor for the Foriegn Language International Economics Society student group here at UK.


Selected Publications: 

“Migration Chronicles: Reporting on the Paradoxes of Migrant Visibility.” Textos Híbridos: Revista de estudios sobre la crónica latinoamericana. 2.1 (2012)

“Tensiones heterogéneas: La redefinición de lo subalterno en Sab y Aves sin nido." Retomando la palabra: las pioneras del xix en diálogo con la crítica contemporánea. Claire Martin and Nelly Goswitz, eds. (forthcoming from Iberoamicano in June 2012)

“El activismo local de Maquilapolis: Armonizando la mirada femenina con una política de lugar.” Letras femeninas 36.2 (2010): 199-213.

Review of Woman and Change at the U.S.-Mexico Border: Mobility, Labor, and Activism. Journal of Cultural Geography 26.2 (2009): 248-9.

“Chronicling the Border: Chicano Advocacy in a Mexican Genre in Across the Wire.” Enkidu Magazine 2008 Summer Conference Proceedings. (under review)

Courses in Spring 2016

SPA 314: Civilization of Spanish America

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11-11:50 in CB 207

This course is designed to provide students with a general understanding of the history, politics, socio-economics, and cultural forms of Spanish America, from Pre-Columbian times to the present. We will draw on a variety of materials, including nonfiction writing, visual art, cinema, and multimedia Internet sources to inform our study of the many cultures, peoples, and nations that make up Spanish America. Through classroom discussions, oral presentations, written work, and individual exploration, students will be asked to evaluate and think critically about Spanish-American cultures while refining their own communicative abilities in Spanish. This class is conducted in Spanish. Pre-requisites: SPA 210 and 211, or 215, or consent of the instructor.


SPA 203: High Intermediate Spanish

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12-12:50 in CB 237

This course focuses on communication and the consolidation of language skills for students with some experience –formal or informal– in Spanish but who are still in need of reviewing and practicing specific language skills before continuing with their studies at advanced levels. This course is designed to review and expand upon the students’ existing knowledge of Spanish at the intermediate level in order to prepare them for more advanced courses. The goal of the course will be to focus on useful vocabulary and cross-cultural analysis, to further explore functional grammar, and to develop students’ communicative competence in Spanish with special attention to developing listening comprehension of native Spanish speakers. Enrollment requires department placement exam.



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