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Ph.D. Student in Spanish

Advised by Professor Juan Carlos González-Espitia | Dey 219

At UNC Since 2014


  • M.A., Hispanic Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2016
  • B.A., Double major in Spanish and History (concentration in Latin American Studies), Furman University, 2011


Kelly Goldsmith left the coast of South Carolina to pursue her passion for Hispanic literature at UNC-Chapel Hill. Although she has spent most of her life in the Carolinas, Kelly has traveled throughout the Spanish speaking world. She studied abroad in Santiago, Chile, spent a summer in the Dominican Republic learning in the outskirts of Santo Domingo, and spent a year in Seville, Spain where she served as the Graduate Assistant to Chapel Hill’s undergraduate study abroad program.

Kelly’s research interests focus on Latin American literature spanning from the 18th century to the present. She has dived headfirst into the field of Health Humanities and is intrigued by literary representations of disease, suffering, healing, and contagion.

In addition to Kelly’s passion for her research, she also has a strong dedication to teaching. Learning a foreign language can be scary, but Kelly strives to create a safe and welcoming environment for all of her students. There is nothing she loves more than seeing her classroom get excited about other languages and cultures.

Courses Taught

Instructor of record:

  • SPAN 100: Elementary Spanish Review
  • SPAN 105: Spanish for High Beginners
  • SPAN 203: Intermediate Spanish I