Jan Mennell

Associate Professor


Spanish, LLCU

Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Arts and Science



Kingston Hall 401

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* on leave July 01, 2023 - June 31, 2024

Associated with Cultural Studies

Research interests: Jewish Latin American Literature, Latin American Women’s Literature, Latin American Film, Latin American Development, Indigenous Issues of Latin America and Politics of Minority Identities in Latin America.


Ph.D. in Spanish and Portuguese, Stanford, 1993
A.M. in Spanish and Portuguese, Stanford, 1987
M.A. in Spanish, University of British Columbia, 1984
B.A. (Hons.) in French and Spanish, University of British Columbia, 1978


Professor Mennell is passionate about Latin American culture in all its manifestations, from music to art, film and literature. Her main interest is the issue of identity and minority cultures, especially in the Southern Cone region of Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Paraguay.

At the present time, she is finishing a manuscript on Argentine Jewish women novelists, and is beginning a new project on the marginalized indigenous cultures in Argentina and their struggles for recognition and preservation of their heritage.


Professor Mennell teaches the following course(s):
LLCU 310: Jewish Latin America
SPAN 351: Panorama literario latinoaméricano I
SPAN 352: Panorama literario latinoaméricano II
SPAN 428/LLCU 328: Gender, Development and Film in Latin America
SPAN 302: Gramática avanzada y composición II
SPAN 354: Cultura femenina latinoamericana
SPAN 458: Cine latinoamericano