The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) is pleased to welcome Kate Jenckes as the LACS interim director for the 2018-2019 academic year, effective July 1, 2018.

Kate Jenckes is professor of Spanish in the Department of Romance Languages and Literature (RLL), and has been at U-M since 2005. When she first arrived, she had an affiliation with LACS and helped organize a number of events with the center. Her research focuses on the intersections of aesthetics, philosophy, and politics in Chilean and Argentine literature, art, and critical thought. She has recently published Witnessing Beyond the Human: Addressing the Alterity of the Other in Post-coup Chile and Argentina (SUNY Press, 2017). In addition to her work within RLL, she has served on the LACS advisory board, U-M Senate Assembly, worked with Michigan Humanities Emerging Research Scholars Program (MICHHERS), and is currently on the Rackham executive board.