Ruth Brown

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  • Senior Lecturer
  • Academic Coordinator for Elementary Language Courses
  • Hispanic Studies
  • Diversity and Inclusion
1137 Patterson Office Tower
Research Interests:
Currently I am working remotely - if you'd like to meet on Zoom, please send me a message and let me know some times that are good for you!

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 Hispanic and Latinx communities in Kentucky and 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 have also participated in activities with the Foundation for Latin American and Latin@ Culture and Arts, the Latino Leadership and College Experience Camp, and the Lexington Latino Festival Health Fair planning committee.

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)

Selected courses

Courses for Spring 2021


SPA 314: Civilization of Spanish America

Note: This class is 100% online with no live class meetings on Zoom. We'll have two due dates per week: Tuesday and Thursday at midnight. This is an 8-week course, so we move pretty fast and cover a lot of material each week. But, the asynchronous part means that you can do the work whenever fits best for your schedule.


Course description: This course is designed to acquaint students with Spanish America’s intellectual, cultural and historical development, from Pre-Columbian times to the present. We will draw on a variety of materials, including nonfiction writing, poetry, music, visual art, and Internet sources to inform our study some of the many cultures, people, and nations that make up Spanish America. Through online discussions and individual exploration, students will be asked to evaluate and think critically about Spanish-American cultures while refining their own communicative abilities in Spanish. 


SPA 202: Intermediate Spanish IV

Note: This class is 100% online but we will have regular meetings on Zoom following the MWF meeting pattern shown on myUK. 


SPA 202 is designed to provide students with an intermediate knowledge of the Spanish language with an emphasis on these four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The textbook and course are designed to help you improve your ability to understand the main ideas of intermediate-level written texts and spoken Spanish, make cross-cultural comparisons between the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world and your own, and interact with Spanish speakers you encounter both at home and abroad.

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