Katherine L. Brown, Ph.D. – Albright College

Katherine L. Brown, Ph.D.

Katherine L. Brown, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Spanish
Masters Hall, Room 301

B.A., Hispanic Studies, College of William & Mary

Ph.D., Spanish, Yale University


Katherine (Katie) Brown is a scholar and teacher of early modern Hispanic literatures and cultures and second language acquisition. She received a B.A. in Hispanic Studies from the College of William & Mary and a Ph.D. in Spanish from Yale University, where she completed an interdisciplinary dissertation on the narrative functions of architecture in the novels of Miguel de Cervantes. In addition to her research and publications on topics such as Cervantes, Borges, and 16th-century missionary theater in Mexico, Katie holds a Certificate in Second Language Acquisition and a Mini-Certificate in Distance Language Teaching from the Yale Center for Language Study. Prior to joining the Albright faculty, she taught all levels of Spanish language, literature, and culture at Yale and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Katie is currently at work on her first book, which is titled Novel Foundations: Architecture and Literary Modernity in Cervantes. She is also the faculty advisor for Albright’s chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the Spanish National Honor Society.

Areas of Expertise

Early modern Hispanic literatures and cultures, Cervantes, colonial Latin America literature, visual and material culture, second language acquisition

Courses Taught

SPA 101: Elementary Spanish I
SPA 102: Elementary Spanish II
SPA 201: Intermediate Spanish I
SPA 302: Advanced Spanish II
SPA 380: Cross-Cultural Encounters and Identities in Conflict in the Early Modern Hispanic World
SPA 380: Magic, Mystery, and Politics in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures


Novel Foundations: Architecture and Literary Modernity in Cervantes (in progress)

“‘Los aposentos de la cabeza’: Architecture and Madness in the Quijote“. Modern Language Notes Hispanic Issue 137.2 (2022).

“Miguel de Cervantes, Author of the Apocryphal Quijote: Borges, ‘Pierre Menard’, and Literary Creation as Apocrypha. Romance Studies 39.2-3 (2021).

Co-authored with Jorge L. Terukina Yamauchi. “Paradojas performativas: La adoración de los reyes como neixcuitilli o exemplum.” Estudios de Cultura Náhuatl 54 (2017).

“Entre el puente y la horca: La ‘paradoja del mentiroso’ y la narración de la conciencia moderna en Don Quijote (II, 51).” Bulletin of Spanish Studies 94.7 (2017).

“En busca del ‘inefable nombre de Dios’: El Tetragrámaton, el lenguaje y la creación literaria en ‘La muerte y la brújula’.” Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 94.6 (2017).

“Invento del ‘quinto cuarto’: La conciencia dividida, la fragmentación textual y la paradoja de la lectura en ‘La ilustre fregona’.” Cervantes: Bulletin of the Cervantes Society of America 36.2 (2016).

“La voz performativa y el voluntarismo en el Libro de buen amor.” eHumanista 28 (2014).

Professional Activities

Member of Modern Language Association (MLA), Renaissance Society of America (RSA), Cervantes Society of America (CSA), American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA)

Learn more about Katherine L. Brown, Ph.D. at https://albright.academia.edu/KatherineBrown