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Department of

Languages and Literatures

Kevin Guerrieri, PhD

Chair (All Languages)
Associate Professor, Spanish

Kevin Guerrieri, PhD, teaches courses on Latin American literature and culture and on the Spanish language, from beginning to advanced levels. His research is focused on Latin American literature, specializing in Colombian narrative, with interests in cultural discourses of modernity and national formation, displacement and testimonio, and urban literature and culture. Guerrieri is actively involved in Community-Service Learning, is a former co-chair of USD’s Social Issues Committee, and currently serves on the University Senate.


Ph.D., University of California, Riverside, Spanish
M.A., University of Colorado, Boulder, Spanish
B.A.,  Western State College of Colorado, Spanish and Business Administration

Scholarly and Creative Work

Guerrieri’s book Palabra, poder y nación: la novela moderna en Colombia de 1896 a 1927 is an exploration of multiple discourses of modernity, both in the sense of the physical modernization of the nation and the aesthetics of literary modernismo, as reflected in five different Colombian novels of the period: De sobremesa, Ibis, Diana cazadora, Pax, and Cosme. His current research focuses on the interrelation of displacement, configurations of space, and subject formation as they are expressed in contemporary Colombian narratives situated in major urban centers. His research interests also include scholarship of engagement focused on the Mexico-United States border. Related to this area, he has presented several conference papers, including the “The Mixtec Mural Project: Cultural Understanding and Community Building Through Art,” and published the book chapter “Leer y escribir la frontera: Language, Literature and Community Engagement in the San Diego-Tijuana Borderlands.” Other publications have appeared in Hispania, Explicación de Textos Literarios, and Revista de Estudios Colombianos, among others.

Teaching Interests

Guerrieri teaches a wide range of courses in the Spanish Program, including all levels of the Spanish language, Introduction to Hispanic Literature, Cultural History of Latin America, Survey of Latin American Literature, and more specialized upper-division courses. He teaches special topics courses on urban literature and culture, the Colombian novel, and cultural representations of violence in Latin America. Guerrieri implements community-based projects into his courses on a regular basis, and he is a former recipient of USD’s Innovation in Experiential Education Award.