Dr. Katie Ford

Associate Dean & Director of Brinkley-Lane Scholars Program

Katherine Ford is Professor of Hispanic Studies and Linda E. McMahonDistinguished Professorship in Foreign Languages. Katie attended Bowdoin College in Maine as an undergraduate, studying Spanish and Women’s Studies. She then earned an MA from Middlebury College in Vermont and then her doctorate at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Ford has taught at ECU since 2006 and has been an important partner of the college and the Brinkley-Lane Scholars Program for many years before joining full time. She served as a senior faculty fellow, chaired interview committees for Selection Sunday, taught many courses. She has participated in numerous Honors College living learning experiences and led a study abroad trip to Spain.

Katie’s research specializes in Modern Latin American literature, concentrating on theater and performance of the twentieth century. She is author of The Theater of Revisions in the Hispanic Caribbean (2017 Palgrave Macmillan) and Politics and Violence in Cuban and Argentine Theater (2010 Palgrave Macmillan. She is currently working on an engaged research project that aims to increase enrollment from the local Latino/Hispanic community in higher education. Additionally, she is researching the role of humanities in engaged community research.

Outside of the classroom, Katie enjoys traveling with her husband and two children, running, reading, and cooking.