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Ph.D. Student in Spanish

Advised by Professor Rosa Perelmuter | Dey 213

At UNC Since 2017


Ph.D., Spanish, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in progress
M.A., Spanish, University of Oregon, 2017
B.A., Spanish and Speech Communication, Whitworth University, 2015
Minor: Latin American Studies, Whitworth University, 2015


Katelyn Howard is a Ph.D. student in Spanish. From Eugene, Oregon, she initially became interested in the Spanish language, literatures and cultures as a high school student. During her undergraduate studies at Whitworth University, she lived and studied abroad for a year in Valparaiso, Chile. While in the Southern Cone, she made short trips to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and to the Sacred Valley in Peru. She also lived and studied short-term in Quetzaltenango (Xela), Guatemala and in Seville, Spain.

As a scholar, Howard is primarily interested in the female mystical experience in the late fifteenth, sixteenth and seventeenth-centuries in Spain and Spanish America. In particular, she looks at sixteenth and seventeenth-century non-fiction female transatlantic prose, sixteenth and seventeenth-century mystical poetry in Spain, and sixteenth-century religious non-fiction prose in Spain (i.e. religious manuals, sermons, biblical translations and commentaries, and mystical treatises). Her advisor is Dr. Rosa Perelmuter.

Following wonderful support from her academic mentors, Howard wishes to share her passion for the Spanish language, literatures and cultures with her students. She has taught First Year Spanish courses at the University of Oregon (SPAN-101, 102, 103 & 112) and currently teaches Intermediate Spanish II at UNC. As an instructor, she aims to inspire and encourage her students in their journeys toward Spanish language acquisition.

Conference Presentations

  • CCRS 2018, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, 2018
    Early Modern Lyric Dystopias: The Myth of Apolo and Daphne in Two Spanish Golden Age Sonnets
  • M.A. Fall Forum, Romance Languages, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, 2016
    Female Prophetic Discourse and the Itinerary of Knightly Formation: The Case of Urganda la Desconocida
  • Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, Boise, ID, 2014
    Unamuno’s Joaquín Monegro and Augusto Pérez: Doubt and Isolation in Identity Formation

Courses Taught

  • SPAN 105: Spanish for High Beginners (Fall ’17, Spring ’18)
  • SPAN 203: Intermediate Spanish I (Fall ’18, Spring ’19)
  • SPAN 204: Intermediate Spanish II (Spring ’20)