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Marta Caminero-Santangelo

Dr. Marta Caminero-Santangelo
Professor of English
Primary office:
900 Sunnyside Ave


The Director provides leadership in the humanities at the University of Kansas. The Director develops and supports broadly conceived interdisciplinary activities that benefit humanists both inside and outside the university, maintains contact with state and national humanities programs and foundations, actively promotes external funding from both public and private sources, and furthers the exchange of ideas in the humanities in a variety of settings. The Director fosters quality public programs that engage the citizens of Kansas and the region in the national conversation about the humanities. The Director mentors junior faculty and resident scholars and represents the Hall Center and humanities research at the Provost's Council and other entities on campus. The Director serves as chief executive officer of the Hall Center and is the liaison between the humanities faculty and the KU Center for Research, Inc.

Dr. Caminero-Santangelo is a Professor in the English Department and Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. She was born to Cuban immigrant parents in Canada, grew up in a suburb of Pittsburgh, earned her BA in English from Yale University and a PhD in English from UC Irvine. Dr. Caminero-Santangelo taught in Chicago before coming to KU as an Assistant Professor in 1997. Her academic research involves the question of how literature interacts with the “real world.” She has published three books: The Madwoman Can’t Speak: Or Why Insanity Is Not Subver­sive (Cornell UP, 1998);  On Latinidad: US Latino Literature and the Construction of Ethnicity (UP Florida, 2007); and Documenting the Undocumented: Latina/o Narrative and Social Justice in the Era of Operation Gatekeeper (UP Florida, 2016).

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