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Ashley Kerr

Ashley Kerr

Associate 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. 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 race and gender in Argentina and Uruguay in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. She is currently working on a book looking at how the Buenos Aires zoo and its animals were used to shape society at the turn of the century.

  • Southern Cone literature
  • 19th century studies
  • History of science
  • Latin American studies
  • Animal 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

  • “Trust Me, I’m a Doctor: Explorer-Anthropologists, Medicine, and Colonialism in Argentina, 1863-1881.” Latin American Literary Review, 47.93 (2020): 2-11.  
  • “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.

  • Outstanding Faculty Award, Student Achievement Awards (2020)
  • Alumni Awards for Excellence: Inspirational Mentor (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)

Modern Languages and Cultures

Physical Address:
332 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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