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Jeanne Gillespie

Dr. Jeanne Gillespie



Gillespie exhibits a passion for finding fascinating stories and rendering them into accessible narratives for reflection and further investigation. She has taught courses at all levels of Spanish language and cultures. In addition, she has taught courses for American Indian Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies.

Her book, Saints and Warriors: Tlaxcalan Perspectives on the Conquest of Tenochtitlan (2004) examines the Tlaxcalan rhetorical constructions of their alliance with the Europeans in the Conquest of Tenochtitlan. More recently she has been researching indigenous women’s voices in the Spanish colonial archives as well as the use of medicinal plants in Nahuatl narrative. Recent publications include the cosmic and cultural contexts surrounding the role of scorpions in Central Mexican folklore and a collaborative work on Aztec gardens as symbols of power.

  • Major: Latin American Literature, Areas: Seventeenth Century, Poetry,Colonial Spanish American and Pre-Columbian Art History. (PHD) - Arizona State University-Tempe (1994)
  • Major: Latin American Studies Areas: Anthropology, Art History, Literature (MA) - University of Texas at Austin (1986)
  • Spanish Language and Literatures (BA) - Purdue University (1984)

AIS (American Indian Studies) 301: Contemporary Issues in Indian Country (with Tammy Greer)
SPA 436/536: Latin American Culture and Civilization
SPA 437/537: Topics: 500 years of Hispanic Presence in the Gulf of Mexico

  • English (Native or Bilingual)
  • Spanish (Native or Bilingual)
  • Portuguese (Professional Working)
  • French (Limited Working)
  • Nahuatl (Professional Working)

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Areas of Expertise

Amerindian letters and cultures, Latin American Colonial Letters, Early Modern Women's Voices,