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Cara Kinnally

Assistant Professor
Languages and Cultures/SC

Cara Kinnally is an Assistant Professor of Spanish in the School of Languages of Cultures. Her research centers upon conceptualizations of race, citizenship, empire, and transnational identity in nineteenth-century Latin American and U.S. Latino/a literature. Her current book project, Between Two Empires: Spanishness, Whiteness, and Transnational Collaboration in Greater Mexico, examines how nineteenth-century Mexican and Mexican American writers negotiated and strategically employed discourses of Spanishness, whiteness, hemispheric solidarity, and modernization in an attempt to foster the building of transnational coalitions and political as well as intellectual communities with Anglo Americans. 

Dr. Kinnally received a combined Ph.D. in Hispanic Literatures and American Studies from Indiana University in 2013. Her M.A. in Literatures in Spanish is from Indiana University in 2007, and her B.A. in Spanish and English is from Augustana College in 2005. She taught courses in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese as well as the Department of American Studies at Indiana University before coming to Purdue. 

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