Katie Ginsbach


Office: Curtin Hall 702
Phone: (414) 229-2828
e-mail: ginsbach@uwm.edu


M.A., Foreign Language and Literature, UW-Milwaukee, 2007
B.A., Major: Spanish, Minors: Mathematics and Secondary Education, 2001, UW-Green Bay

Research Interests:

Spanish Literature and Culture, Historical Fiction, Popular Fiction and Culture, Memory

Courses Taught:

Spanish 350 - Introduction to Literary Analysis
Spanish 470 - Survey of Hispanic Literature and Civilization

Relevant Activities:

Executive Board – Treasurer, American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese-WI Chapter (Fall 2007-Present

Presentations and Conferences

El sol de Breda: Revising a Realm of Memory and National Identity. Paper presented at The Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Conference at the University of Kentucky on April 18, 2013.

Kaleidoscope Graduate Student Conference, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Moderator: March 2010 and March 2013

Interactive Activities for Teaching Vocabulary. Presented during an in-service for high school teachers at South Milwaukee High School, September 22, 2008.

Colombia: La violencia perdurable. Presented during the Wisconsin Association of Foreign Language Teachers Conference in Appleton, WI, November 3, 2007.


I grew up in rural Wisconsin and was a Mathematics major in college. It was not until my senior year that I studied abroad in León, Spain, and upon my return to the States, I decided to focus on Spanish and teaching. Shortly after, I devised and implemented a student educator program in León, where I returned to do my student teaching. Throughout my career I have had the opportunity to teach various levels of Spanish, from beginning language courses to classes on conversation and culture, as well as more advanced literature courses. Besides teaching, I am also passionate about traveling and talking to others about the benefits of studying abroad. In the past, I have arranged trips and traveled with students to Spanish-speaking countries and I hope to be able to do so again in the future.

I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Spanish and Portuguese Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I recently completed my coursework and qualifying exams. My area of concentration is Modern Peninsular Literature and the dissertation will focus on the Historical Novels of Arturo Pérez-Reverte, and their intertextual connections with canonical Spanish writers and their works. The investigation will also analyze the particularities of Reverte’s Popular Fiction and the debate over its quality and place in academia.