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Ashley Kerr

Ashley Kerr

Assistant Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies


310 Administration Building



Mailing Address

Modern Languages & Cultures Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3174
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3174

Ashley Kerr is an assistant professor of Spanish.

  • Ph.D., Spanish, University of Virginia, 2013
  • M.A., Spanish, University of Virginia, 2009
  • B.A., Latin American Studies, Middlebury College, 2006

Ashley Kerr is an assistant professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies. She received her bachelor's degree in Latin American Studies from Middlebury College, and her master's and doctorate in Spanish from the University of Virginia. As an undergraduate, Kerr spent a year living in Valparaíso, Chile, and after graduation she taught English in Argentine Patagonia as a Fulbright English teaching assistant. She has also taught for UVa’s program abroad in Valencia, Spain, and sailed around the Atlantic as a faculty member on Semester at Sea. At the University of Idaho, she teaches upper-level courses on Latin American culture, literature and film. Her research focuses on how anthropology, politics and literature mold racial identities for indigenous and non-indigenous populations in the Southern Cone from the 19th century to the present.

  • Southern Cone literature
  • 19th century studies
  • History of science
  • Critical race theory
  • Latin American studies


  • Sex, Skulls, and Citizens: Gender and Racial Science in Argentina (1860-1910), under contract with Vanderbilt University Press, scheduled to be published in Spring 2020.  

Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • “Progress at What Price?: Defenses of Indigenous Peoples in Argentine Writing about Patagonia (1894-1904), Decimonónica 16.2 (Summer 2019): 17-33.
  • “Indigenous Lovers and Villainous Scientists: Rewriting Nineteenth-Century Ideas of Race in Argentine Romance Novels,” Chasqui 48.1 (May 2019): 293-310.
  • “From Savagery to Sovereignty: Identity, Politics, and International Exhibitions of Argentine Anthropology, 1878-1892,” Isis 108.1 (2017): 62-81.
  • “The Sound of Silence: Representing the Other in Sylvia Iparraguirre’s La tierra del fuego,” Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos 36.3 (2012): 519-540.

Book Chapters

  • “Becoming a Woman, Becoming Chile: Motherhood and the Self-Fashioning Subject in La chica del trombón.” La narrativa de Antonio Skármeta. Ed. César Ferreira and Jason Jolley. Lima: Universidad Ricardo Palma, 2017. 141-155.

Modern Language and Cultures

Physical Address:
302 Administration Building

Mailing Address:
Modern Languages & Cultures Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3174
Moscow, ID 83844-3174

Phone: 208-885-6179

Fax: 208-885-5221


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