Sarah E. Finley Curriculum Vitae






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Sarah E. Finley

Curriculum Vitae

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures Office: (740) 427-5170

Kenyon College

202 College-Park Street Ascension Hall

Gambier, OH 43022-5002


2014 University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Ph.D. with Distinction in Hispanic Studies

Dissertation: Acoustic Epistemologies and Transcultural Resonances in Sor

Juana Inés de la Cruz

2012 University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY M.A. in Hispanic Studies

2010 Middlebury College, Guadalajara, Mexico Summer Session Abroad

2004 -2008 Petrie School of Music at Converse College, Spartanburg, South Carolina B.M. summa cum laude in Vocal Performance, May 2008

Additional areas of study in Music Composition and Modern Languages

Academic Appointments

2014-Present Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish, Kenyon College

Areas of Specialization

Spanish American Literary and Cultural Studies Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz

Sound Studies and Auditory Culture Media and Popular Music Studies

Peer-Reviewed Publication

2012 “La vida muerta: lo abyecto como la negación de la autoridad en La carne de

René de Virgilio Piñera.” Realismo y decadentismos en la literatura hispánica.

Ed. Ricardo de la Fuente Ballesteros and Jesús Pérez-Magallón. Valladolid: Universitas Castellae, 2012. 77-86.


Grants and Fellowships

2013 Dissertation Research Travel Grant, Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies Program, University of Kentucky

2013 Dissertation Enhancement Award, Graduate School, University of Kentucky 2010-2012 Travel grants (3) for conference presentations, Graduate School, University of


2010 Tuition grant, Middlebury Language Schools

2007 South Carolina Colleges and Independent Universities Research Grant 2004-2008 Converse College Presidential Scholar

Academic Awards and Honors

2012 Winner of the Grupo de Estudios sobre la Mujer en España y las Américas (pre-1800) 2012 Graduate Student Award

2012 University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences Certificate for Outstanding Teaching

2011 McCrary Award for the Outstanding Second-Year Graduate Student, University of Kentucky

2011 Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Kentucky

Scholarly Presentations

2014 Roundtable Discussion—“Recovering Early Modern Female Voices: Translation and Theory.” “Tracing Paths” hosted by the Grupo de Estudios sobre la Mujer en España y Latinoamérica (pre-1800) (Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal), September 2014.

2014 “Visual Harmony and Musical Portraiture: Vestiges of Athanasius Kircher’s Musical Thought within Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz’s Acoustico-Poetic

Imagination.” Conference on Music Literature, Historiography and Aesthetics (University of London, London, United Kingdom), July 2014.

2014 “Of Mirrors and Echoes: Optics, Acoustics and Affect in Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz’s Take on Courtly Love.” KFLC: The Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Conference (University of Kentcuky, Lexington, KY), April 2014.


2013 “Melopoeta: The Hidden Harmonies of musica poetica in Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.” Colonial Resonance Conference (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI), September 2013.

2012 “Unsung Song: A Model for Theorizing the Sounds of a Repressed Musical Canon in the Works of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.” “Building Bridges” hosted by the Grupo de Estudios sobre la Mujer en España y Latinoamérica

(pre-1800). (Portland State University, Portland, OR), September 2012.


2011 “Smogopolis a la Transnacional: Re-Mapping Contemporary Mexico City through Musical Masking in Café Tacuba’s Revés and Sino.” 4th Annual Crossing Over Symposium (Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH), October 2011.

2010 “‘La literatura es y no es’: Duelo, renacimiento del relato y resistencia a las fuerzas del mercado en Los fantasmas de César Aira.” Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference (Radford University, Roanoke, VA), October 2010.

2010 “Más allá de la forma poética: La reproducción de la sonata en ‘Alianza (sonata)’ de Pablo Neruda.” Boston College Conference in Romance Languages and Literatures (Boston College, Boston, MA), March 2010. 2008 “Re-thinking the Artistic Identity of Octavio Paz: A Musical Analysis of

‘Concierto en el jardín’.” 11th Annual Ohio State University Symposium on Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics (Ohio State University, Columbus, OH), April 2008.

Editorial Experience

2012, 2014 Reviewer, Nomenclatura: aproximaciones a los estudios hispánicos

Conference Organization

2011-2013 Assistant Director of the KFLC: The Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Conference (formerly the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference)

Responsibilities: Manage website, publicity, and all communications for approximately 700 participants and exhibitors; coordinate budgetary and logistical arrangements for 8 participating academic units at University of Kentucky; assist in management of $120,000 budget; liaise with e-commerce provider for fund transfer and online registration; prepare conference program; manage registration and technology throughout the conference.


2010-2011 Organizer and Chair of Panels in the Spanish American Division, Kentucky Foreign Language Conference

Responsibilities: Assist in the review of all Spanish American abstracts, creating thematically coherent sections; confirm acceptance and logistics with participants; facilitate discussion portion of the conference sessions.

Teaching Experience

2014 Visiting Assistant Professor, Kenyon College Courses: Spanish Conversation and Composition 2009-2014 Teaching Assistant, University of Kentucky

Courses: Elementary, High Elementary, Intermediate, High Intermediate Spanish; Survey of Latin American Literature and Culture; Intermediate Spanish Conversation; Spanish Composition through Textual Analysis Summer, 2013 Summer Coordinator of Elementary Language Instruction, University of


Spring, 2013 McGraw-Hill World Languages Symposium (Indianapolis, Indiana), March 2013. Workshops on digital resources and language learning led by Leticia McGrath, Elizabeth Dowdy and Melissa Logue

Fall, 2011 Invited lecturer for the Nisbet Honors Program at Converse College

MUH 299H, Honors Seminar: Song, Music and Poetry, Dr. Laura F. Brown and Mrs. Mildred Roche

Fall, 2010 Written Spanish Workshop Series, University of Kentucky

Led by Cecilia M. Colombi, Janet C. Eldred and Judith Liskin Gasparro

Professional Service

2011-2013 President, Hispanic Studies Graduate Student Association 2011-2012 Representative, Graduate Student Congress Steering Committee 2010-2011 Assistant to the Director of Graduate Studies

2010-2011 Secretary, Hispanic Studies Graduate Student Association

Language Proficiencies

Spanish Near-native

French Reading, elementary speaking and writing Italian Reading, elementary speaking and writing German Reading


Professional Memberships

American Musicological Society

Grupo de Estudios sobre la Mujer en España y las Américas (pre-1800) Modern Language Association





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