Ph.D. Candidate in Spanish

Advised by Professor Rosa Perelmuter | Dey 213

At UNC Since 2010


Ph.D. in Hispanic Literature, UNC Chapel Hill (expected May, 2020)
M.A. in Hispanic Literature, UNC Chapel Hill
B.A. in Spanish and English, University of Mary Washington


Sam Krieg is a doctoral candidate in Hispanic Studies. His interests in Latin American literature range from seventeenth and eighteenth-century colonial poetry to the twentieth-century vanguardistas, contemporary short story, and Latinx poetry. Sam’s dissertation, “Images of Instability in the Literature of Viceregal Lima (1687-1798),” focuses on literary representations of instability in Lima during the long eighteenth century. This project analyzes poetry and prose writings about Lima and draws from literary studies and geography, as well as economic and seismological history, to paint a picture of how writers understood the Peruvian capital as a destabilized space in which law and convention could be, and were, undermined. His research has been supported by grants and fellowships from a variety of sources, and he has presented papers at both national and international conferences.

During his years at UNC, Sam has taught a range of Spanish language and culture courses. This has inspired particular interests in Spanish for the Professions and service-learning courses. In spring 2018, Sam served as the coordinator for the first course in the Spanish for the Professions Minor, SPAN 265: Language and Culture for the Professions.

In addition to his research and teaching, Sam has also held a variety of administrative positions during his time at UNC. From 2013-2014 Sam lived in Seville, Spain, and worked in the office of CINECU, UNC’s Study Abroad program in that city. There, he gained experience with the different aspects involved in running a study abroad program. Upon returning from Spain, Sam worked as manager and assistant to the director of his department’s Language Resource Center. He also helped coordinate the 2017 Carolina Conference on Romance Studies.

Sam Krieg’s profile on


  • “Parecía Lima errante, terrestre armada”: Earthquakes and Instability in Viceregal Lima (1687 and 1746).” Dieciocho (forthcoming).
  • (book review) Helmer, Ángela (ed.). Textos, imágenes y símbolos: Lengua y cultura en la América virreinal. En homenaje a Claudia Parodi. Iberoamericana-Vervuert, 2017. Hispanófila 185, 2019, pp. 150-52.
  • “Futurist Parody in Vicente Huidobro and Hans Arp’s ‘Salvad vuestros ojos.’” Ometeca: Science and Humanities Journal 23, 2017, pp. 76-93.
  • “Dehumanizing Rhetoric in Vicente Huidobro’s ‘La cigüeña encadenada.’” South Atlantic Review vol. 80, num. 3-4, 2016, pp. 13-22.

Recent Fellowships and Awards

  • Dissertation Completion Fellowship 2019-2020 (UNC Graduate School)
  • Pilar Sáenz Student Essay Prize (Ibero-American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 2019)
  • Summer Research Fellowship (UNC Graduate School, 2019)
  • María Salgado Student Travel Grant (Ibero-American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 2019)
  • Dana B. Drake Award for Excellence in Teaching (UNC Dept. of Romance Studies, 2018)
  • Travel grants from Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry, UNC Program for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and UNC Graduate School (2017)
  • Future Faculty Fellowship Program (UNC Center for Faculty Excellence, 2016)
  • Travel grants from UNC Dept. of Romance Studies and UNC Institute for Study of the Americas (2015)
  • Graduate Student Essay Award (South Atlantic Modern Language Association, 2013)

Recent presentations

  • 50th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies (Denver, CO, March 2019)
    • Paper title: “Moral, Scientific, and Topographical Instability in Lima”
  • Negotiating Spaces: Positions of Race, Gender, and Sexuality Across the Arts (Durham, NC, March 2019)
    • Paper title: “Francisco del Castillo and the Blind Navigation of Eighteenth-Century Lima”
  • Invited panelist for “Course Development Service-Learning Instructor” panel at Service-Learning Course Development Institute (Chapel Hill, NC, May 2018)
  • 13th Biennial Conference of the Society for Renaissance and Baroque Poetry (Seville, Spain, October 2017)
    • Paper title: “Absolute Space in Hernando Domínguez Camargo’s Poema heroico”
  • XIV Ometeca Conference: State of the Art/Working Session on the Relations between the Humanities and Science in the Hispanic World (Chapel Hill, NC, April 2016)
    • Paper title: “Futurist Parody in Vicente Huidobro and Hans Arp’s ‘Salvad vuestros ojos’”
  • 12th Biennial Conference of the Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry (Amherst, MA, September 2015)
    • Paper title: “‘Estos borrones que hijos del alma son’: Poetic Conception and Birth in the Lyric Poetry of Sor Juana”


Instructor of record:

SPAN 102: Beginning II

SPAN 105: Spanish for High Beginners

SPAN 203: Intermediate I

SPAN 204: Intermediate II

SPAN 204 APPLES: Intermediate II with service-learning ROML 194

SPAN 265: Language and Culture for the Professions

SPAN 329: Spanish for Professional and Community Engagement with service-learning ROML 194