Santiesteban, Katerina
Spanish and Portuguese

McKenna 26

Virtual office hours are Thursdays 2:00- 3:00 PM or by appointment


After completing her BA in Spanish with minors  in music and education from the University of Miami, Katerina received an MA in Spanish from Florida Atlantic University. Her current research focuses on masculinities and femeninities in late 19th-early 20th century Spanish literature.

Research Interests

Spanish 19th and 20th Century Peninsular Literature, Early Modern Literature, Gender Studies, Global Studies, and Cultural Studies.


PhD in Spanish, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2018-present
MA in Spanish, Florida Atlantic University, 2016- 2018 BA in Spanish Cum Laude, University of Miami
           2013- 2016
           Minors in education and music
           Undergraduate Honors Thesis. “Una aproximación feminista a la figura del donjuán (1630-1916).”

Awards and Recognitions

PhD Consortium of Literatures and Cultures Fellow, Fall 2018-present
Student Support Outstanding Classroom Performance Award, Spring 2018
Outstanding Graduating Senior in Spanish, Spring 2016
Dean’s List Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015
Provost’s Honor RollFall 2013, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015
President’s Honor Roll, Fall 2014
Silver Knight Nominee (World Language) 2013
Ford Salute to Education Scholarship 2013
National Association of Cuban American Educators Scholarship, 2013
Ginny McDougal Scholarship, 2013
President’s Scholarship University of Miami, 2013

Teaching experience

Graduate Teaching Assistant at Florida Atlantic University, 2016-2018
          Spanish 1120 and Spanish 1121
Field Experience at Southwest Senior High School, Spring 2016
          Remedial English
Intern at New World School of the Arts, 2014-2015
          Spanish for Spanish Speakers 1 and 2, Advanced Placement Spanish Language
Teaching Assistant at the University of Miami, Fall 2015
           Spanish 202
Field Experience at Coral Gables Senior High, Fall 2015
          International Baccalaureate Spanish


While the Men Were Away: Communities of Women in Vicente Blasco Ibáñez’s Mare Nostrum.” Mediterranean Studies Association Conference. University of Malta at Valleta, May 31- June 3, 2017.

“Rameras, prostitutas y alcahuetas: Comunidad de mujeres públicas en La Celestina.” Florida Cervantes Symposium. Florida Atlantic University, February 10-11, 2017.  


President of Sigma Delta Pi Honor Society, 2014-2016
Mediterranean Studies Association, 2017- present
American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, 2014-present
Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, 2014-present
National Society of Collegiate Scholars, 2014-present
Spanish National Honor Society, 2011-present
Cervantes Society of America, 2017

Service to the Discipline

Organizer for the visit of the President Frenk to the Department of Modern, 2016
Languages and Literatures, University of Miami
“La hora del café”- Group discussions in Spanish for advanced students, University of Miami, 2015-2016
“Cine de Terror”- 3 part Spanish Film Festival, University of Miami, 2015
Speaker at Modern Languages and Literatures Undergraduate Recruitment Event, University of Miami, 2015
Director of the Annual Hispanic Heritage Show, 2012
New World School of the Arts          

Language Skills

English: Native Proficiency
Spanish: Native Proficiency
Italian: Intermediate Proficiency
Catalan: Intermediate Proficiency
Latin: Intermediate Proficiency in Reading and Writing