Assistant Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature
A 2011 Stanford graduate, Dr. Stephanie Schmidt has recently joined the Department of Languages as an Assistant Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature.
Schmidt teaches 3000 and 4000 level classes for Spanish majors and minors. This spring she will teach Exposition of Hispanic Literary Texts (an introductory course to Spanish-language literature and its interpretation) and a new course on colonial literature, entitled Missionization and Indigenous Cosmologies in Colonial Spanish America.
Schmidt's research centers on the complex interactions that occurred during the 16th century between Spaniards and indigenous peoples of the Americas and Spanish newcomers. Schmidt works on texts in Spanish, Classical Nahuatl (the language of the Aztecs and their neighbors), and painted tlacuilolli script and has conducted archival research in Mexico and Spain.
Schmidt’s favorite part of the job is the back-and-forth with students in class. “I love working with students, sharing what I think is important to share about the course material, and being surprised by the diversity of things students discover during class discussions. ”
When reminiscing on her choice to come to TU, Schmidt emphasizes the opportunities to teach and mentor bright undergraduates and to do archival research in the colonial collection at the Gilcrease Museum of the Americas.