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Valérie Benoist



Valérie Benoist holds a Ph.D. in Spanish from Emory University and is an associate professor. She teaches for the Spanish Department as well as for the Latin American Studies Concentration and has served as chair of both. Her research centers on Latin American colonial literature, and in particular on gender and race construction. Her most recent publications have been on the representation of blackness in indigenous writers such as Guaman Poma de Ayala. She is currently working on a book project on the representation of black nuns in colonial Mexico, Peru, and Spain. Her works have been published in journals such as Estudios de Cultura Nahuatl, Latin American Theater Review, Revista de Estudios Hispanicos, Letras Femeninas, Moenia, and Afro-Hispanic Review

Campus Phone: 
(641) 269-3057


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On-Campus Address: 
Alumni Recitation Hall 220D
1226 Park St
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States
Education / Degrees: 
Ph.D., Emory University, Georgia B.A., College of Charleston, South Carolina
Primary Academic Interest: 
Colonial Latin American Literature (specialities: literature of indigenous people
nuns' writings
and representation of blackness)
Associate Professor
Other Academic Interests: 
Latin American Studies
Curriculum Vitae/Resume: 
Department Chair: 
Latin American Studies