Kathrin Theumer, PhD

Associate Professor of Spanish
Carnegie 210
Areas I Teach 

Areas I Teach 


Dr. Theumer is a teacher-scholar specializing in all levels of language instruction, and Latin American literature and cultures. Her research on Cuban identity and literary modernity centers non-conformist writers, exploring how their work disrupts hegemonic concepts of nation, race and gender. She is looking forward to collaborating with students, colleagues and the Forest Grove community on innovative approaches to teaching Spanish.


Ph.D., Hispanic Languages and Literatures, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2010
M.A., Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Nevada, Reno, 2004
B.A., Modern Languages and Literatures, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, 2003

Courses I teach at Pacific U:

SPA 101 Beginning Spanish I
SPA 201 Intermediate Spanish I

Recent Publications

“Becoming Casal. Itinerant Identities in 20th Century Cuban Poetry.” Book manuscript in progress.

“An Improbable Precursor: Reconsidering Poveda's negrismo." Afro-Hispanic Review, forthcoming.

“Becoming Casal: José Manuel Poveda’s “Canto élego” and “Para la lectura de las 
Rimas de Julián del Casal.” Ciberletras vol. 41, 2019, pp. 24-37.

“El alma cubana de José Manuel Poveda.” Confluencia, vol. 34, no. 1, 2018, pp. 36-46.

“Nomadic Identity and lo cubano in José Manuel Poveda.” Latin American Literary 
vol. 44, no. 87, 2017, pp. 16-23.

“Gender and Poetic Voice in Alma Rubens.” Chasqui, vol. 46, no. 1, 2017, pp. 167-77.

“Hablar de la nieve: Intertextualidad en Julián del Casal y Fina García Marruz.” La Habana Elegante, vol. 53, 2013. Web.

"The Case of Alma Rubens or the Trans-Gendered Imagination in José Manuel Poveda." Rocky Mountain Review, vol. 67, no. 1, 2013, pp. 27-40.