Stuart A. Day, Professor (BS in Spanish and Education, Northern Arizona University’s Center for Excellence in Education; MA in Hispanic Literature, University of Arizona; PhD in Latin American Literature, Cornell University). Day’s main area of teaching and research is contemporary Latin American literature, with a focus on theater and performance. Before joining the faculty at KU he taught at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2000-2005), where he was a Faculty Fellow and recipient of two teaching/mentoring awards. At KU he was recently awarded a Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence.
His first book, Staging Politics in Mexico: The Road to Neoliberalism, was published by Bucknell University Press in 2004. Day has also published an anthology of Chilean and Mexican plays (Diálogos dramatúrgicos: México-Chile, Tablado Iberoamericano) and co-edited, with Jacqueline E. Bixler, El Teatro de Rascón Banda: voces en el umbral (Escenelogía). He has published book chapters with several presses (Iowa, Escenología, Vanderbilt, etc.) as well as articles, play introductions, and interviews in a variety of journals. Day’s theoretical approach is informed mainly by Cultural Studies and Performance Studies; and his courses often have to do with social justice.
Day recently finished a special edition of the Mexican theater magazine Paso de Gato. Other recent research includes chapters/articles on Federico Gamboa (“Performing the Porfiriato: Federico Gamboa and the Performance of Power”); Sabina Berman (“Similia similibus curantur: La exhumación de lo real en Backyard de Sabina Berman”); Vicente Leñero (“Transposing Professions: Vicente Leñero and the Politics of the Press”); and a piece based on interviews with Sabina Berman and Jesusa Rodríguez (“It’s My National Stage Too: Sabina Berman and Jesusa Rodríguez as Public Intellectuals”). This topic—public intellectuals in Mexico—is the subject of an edition Day is working on with a colleague. Though his research is often focused on Mexico, Day has also worked (or is working) with dissertators on a variety of projects that include theatre/performance but also Mexican narrative, print culture in the Southern Cone, Cyberpunk, Latina/o Literature, Migration/Transportation, etc.
Day is a member of the Latina/o Studies Advisory Board, Chair of Spanish and Portuguese, Editor of the Latin American Theatre Review, Managing Editor of LATR Books, and served on the Advisory Board of the PMLA. He is also a 2011-2012 Senior Administrative Fellow at KU.