Kaitlin Burns

Spanish and Portuguese
Affiliated Graduate Students (Fall 2017)

Kaitlin Burns is a second-year PhD student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. She received her M.A. in Latin American Literature at Auburn University, and has studied at the Universidad de Alcalà de Henares in Spain. Additionally, she taught English as a Second Language in Taipei, Taiwan for four years. Through Kaitlin's affinity for learning foreign language, she turned her attention to the ongoing injustices and human rights abuses perpetrated within many Latin American countries and a parallel imperial abuse of these same countries. For this reason, she studies cultural production that burgeoned out of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet's reign (1973-1990) in order to identify successful subversive techniques so that they may be replicated. Currently, Kaitlin is working on a project to uncover lost archives of discriminatory practices and torture directed at the LGBT(Q) community during Pinochet's dictatorship in Chile.