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Katelyn Smith

Ph.D. Student

Advised by Professor Oswaldo Estrada
Dey Hall 301


B.A. Meredith College, 2016

M.A. North Carolina State University, 2019

About Katelyn

Katelyn is a PhD student specializing in 20th- and 21st-century Latin American narrative. Her research topics include Contemporary Yucatec Mayan Literature, Contemporary Mexican Narratives, and Contemporary LatinX Literature. Her research utilizes a corpus of contemporary narratives written in Spanish, Yucatec Maya, and English. She is also interested in translation studies and gender and sexuality studies.

Katelyn was awarded a Summer FLAS for Yucatec Maya for Summer 2020 and Summer 2021.

Katelyn has taught Spanish language courses at UNC since 2019 and at NCSU during her Master's Program from 2017-2019.

While at UNC, Katelyn has been the Social Chair for the department’s Graduate Romance Association student organization (2020-2021). She currently participates in the Carolina Translation Collective. The group aims to create a space for translators in the area, traversing languages, disciplines, and experiences and meets monthly to discuss readings and workshop translations. Katelyn is a translator, working from Spanish to English. She also has a TESOL certification and teaches English to speakers of other languages. She has taught English language courses in México while completing her Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (2016-2017), at NCSU to university employees (2018), and through an online platform called VIP KID which offers classes to children in China (2017-Present).


Book Reviews

Adapting Gender: Mexican Feminisms from Literature to Film by Ilana Dann Luna. A Contracorriente , Spring 2020.


"The Song” by Bárbara Darder, International Poetry Review, vol. 44, 2021, 56-57.

“The Traffic Light Epiphany” and "Venetian Coffee" by Rafael Núñez, International Poetry Review, vol. 44, 2021, 90-93.


¿Cómo llegamos aquí? Una historia del poder en México, Universidad Autónoma de México (UNAM), Verano 2021

La línea, 3200 Kms de frontera, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF), Otoño 2016

Overseas Experience: México, Costa Rica


Latin American Studies Association Conference, Boston, May 2019

Awards & Honors

Foreign Language and Area Studies Summer Fellowship: Yucatec Maya - Summer 2020, Summer 2021

Fulbright- COMEXUS  English Teaching Assistantship, 2016-2017

Typical Courses Taught

SPAN 101: Elementary Spanish I

SPAN 105: Spanish for High Beginners

SPAN 203: Intermediate Spanish I

SPAN 204: Intermediate Spanish II

SPAN 261: Advanced Spanish in Context