Ruth Brown

  • Lecturer
  • Academic Coordinator
  • Hispanic Studies
1141 Patterson Office Tower
Research Interests:
Fall 2014 office hours: Monday and Wednesday from 9-11:30 or by appointment

PhD, Hispanic Studies University of Kentucky MA, Spanish University of Kentucky BA, Spanish Berea College


Currently my teaching emphasis includes Spanish for the professions 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 I will be teaching Fall 2015

SPA 315: Introduction to Hispanic Literature

MWF 11-11:50

This course provides students with a basic background for reading Hispanic literature and focuses on the development of a method for reading critically. The course will review selected Hispanic literary and cultural movements from the early modern period to the contemporary time, introducing students to a panorama of the poetry, theater, short stories, and essay of the Hispanic world. Students will learn how to critically analyze these works by identifying and discussing themes, plots, structure, and poetic tropes such as symbols metaphors and allegory. This class is conducted in Spanish. Prerequisites: SPA 210 and 211 or 215, or consent of the instructor.


SPA 302: Spanish for Business Professionals

MWF 1-1:50

This course will prepare students for successful communication in the Hispanic commercial world by building up on their existing knowledge and emphasizing practical, real-life use of oral and written Spanish. This course is designed to introduce students to essential business terminology and language situations in common business contexts, reinforcing strategies for understanding, interpreting, and responding to new information. This course will also help the student to be alert to the importance of cultural awareness in doing business in Spanish-speaking countries or with Hispanics in the United States. Prerequisites: SPA 210 and 211 or 215, or consent of the instructor.

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