Stuart A. Day

Professor of Spanish
Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
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Stuart A. Day, Associate Professor (BS in Spanish and Education, Northern Arizona University’s Center for Excellence in Education; MA in Hispanic Literature, University of Arizona; PhD in Latin American Literature, Cornell University). Day’s main area of teaching and research is contemporary Latin American literature, with a focus on theater and performance in Mexico. Before joining the faculty at KU he taught at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2000-2005), where he was a Faculty Fellow and recipient of two teaching/mentoring awards. At KU he was awarded the Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence and was a Senior Administrative Fellow.

His first book, Staging Politics in Mexico: The Road to Neoliberalism, was published by Bucknell University Press. Day has also published several anthologies and co-edited, with Jacqueline E. Bixler, El Teatro de Rascón Banda: voces en el umbral (Escenelogía). He has published book chapters with several presses (Arizona, Iowa, Escenología, Vanderbilt, etc.) as well as articles, play introductions, and interviews in a variety of journals. Day’s theoretical approach is informed mainly by Cultural Studies and Performance Studies; and his courses often have to do with social justice.

Current research includes a special edition of the Mexican theater magazine Paso de Gato, chapters/articles on Federico Gamboa (“Performing the Porfiriato: Federico Gamboa and the Performance of Power”); Sabina Berman (“Similia similibus curantur: La exhumación de lo real en Backyard de Sabina Berman”); Vicente Leñero (“Transposing Professions: Vicente Leñero and the Politics of the Press”); a piece based on interviews with Sabina Berman and Jesusa Rodríguez (“It’s My National Stage Too: Sabina Berman and Jesusa Rodríguez as Public Intellectuals”), and the contemporary theater chapter in the Cambridge’s A History of Mexican Literature (2016). This topic—public intellectuals in Mexico—is the subject of a volume Day recently published with Debra A. Castillo (Palgrave 2014). Forthcoming completed books include Strategic Alliances: Performances That Shape Mexico (University of Arizona Press, spring 2017) and Mexico Through Art (University of Arizona Press, fall 2017). Current projects include the book Spaces of Change in the Americas.

Though his research is often focused on Mexico, Day has also worked (or is working) with numerous dissertators on a variety of projects that include theatre/performance but also Mexican narrative, print culture in the Southern Cone, Cyberpunk, Latina/o Literature, Migration, etc. Day is a member of the KU Latina/o Studies Initiative and core faculty in the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. He has served as Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee, Associate Chair, and Chair of Spanish and Portuguese, and Interim Vice Provost for Academic Affairs (current); Editor of the Latin American Theatre Review; and served on the Advisory Board of the PMLA. He is also involved with LATR Books (Managing Editor), for which he edited an anthology of Mexican plays (Las fronteras míticas del teatro mexicano, 2009, 2013, 2016).

Selected Publications

Day, Stuart A. Outside Theater: Alliances that Shape Mexico. University of Arizona Press, Spring 2017. Forthcoming.


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  • Dr. Gamze Kati Gumus defended her dissertation with honors on May 10, 2018. Congratulations, Dr. Kati Gumus!
  • KU-AUMI InterArts was recently featured by the Commons in a video on improving inclusive communities at KU. You can watch the video, which features our own Sherrie Tucker amongst other founders of the movement at KU, and learn more about AUMI here!
  • Congratulations to Professor Robert Warrior on being elected to a member of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • This articlewritten by Ph.D. candidate Hannah Bailey, was published in the latest edition of Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Congratulations, Hannah!
  • We would like to recognize Patrick Sumner, 2005 alumni, for his work in this article about the defacement of the John Brown memorial in the Quindaro area of Kansas City, Kansas.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Jonathan Burrow-Branine for successfully defending his dissertation with honors January 25, 2018.
  • Please read this article about Professor Robert Warrior titled: Native scholar uncomfortably at home in American studies field.
  • Congratulations to Daniel Carey-Whalen, an alumni that was recently promoted as UTEP's Centennial Museum director.
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  • Congratulations to Christopher Perreira for receiving the National Academies Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship at the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center for 2017-2018.
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