Kyra A. Kietrys



  • Davidson College
  • Directora del Programa ‘Davidson in Madrid’
  • Profesora
  • Departamento de Estudios Hispánicos


After completing my Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania in 2001, I began my career at Davidson College in Davidson, NC where I served as department chair from 2011-2015. I am a member of the Department of Hispanic Studies and serve as affiliated faculty in the programs of humanities, global literature, and gender & sexualities.

My publications include a co-edited a collection of essays, Women in the Spanish Novel Today: Reflections of Self in the Works of Three Generations of Writers (McFarland Press) and various articles focusing on women writers of Spain. My current projects revolve around Spanish television programs and Hildegart–an advocate for sexual reform during Spain’s Second Republic. I am constructing a digital archive that recovers and examines Hildegart’s writings from Spanish newspapers and journals housed at the Library of Congress and numerous archives in Madrid.

I am committed to creating opportunities for intercultural exchange on campus, in the community, and abroad. In 2002, I established the Davidson Summer Program in Cádiz, Spain and regularly serve as resident director. I also helped create the Davidson in Madrid semester program. In our community, I revived and renovated the Spanish in Davidson Elementary School (SiDES) partnership between Davidson College and Davidson Elementary School in 2012. In this program, college volunteers teach weekly Spanish lessons to elementary school classes.

From 2013-17, I served on the AP Spanish Language Test Development Committee with the College Board and Educational Testing Service. I have also served as treasurer of the Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica (AILCFH) and book review editor for Letras Peninsulares. I have been serving as Vice-President of AHH since June 2016.

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