Micah McKay

Micah  McKay

Assistant Professor of Spanish

Office Hours

Tuesday, 12:30pm-1:45pm; Tuesday, 3:30pm-4:45pm; Thursday, 12:30pm-1:45pm; or by appointment


Ph.D. (Spanish), University of Wisconsin-Madison

M.A. (Spanish), University of Wisconsin-Madison

M.A. (Translation Studies), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

B.A. (Spanish), Truman State University


Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Studies Program

Research Interests

  • 20th- and 21st-century Latin American narrative
  • Ecocriticism and Environmental Humanities
  • Trash in literature and film

Selected Publications

Environmental Cultural Studies Through Time: The Luso-Hispanic World. Co-edited with Kata Beilin and Kathleen Connolly, Hispanic Issues On Line (U of Minnesota P), vol. 24, 2019.

Una imagen deliciosa sobre los escombros: la producción y estética de las ruinas en Trilogía sucia de La Habana.” Romance Notes, vol. 59, no. 2, 2019, pp. 349-60

Trash and the Coming Community: Portrayals of Trash and Trash Workers in Argentina and Brazil.” Environmental Cultural Studies Through Time: The Luso-Hispanic World, Edited by Kata Beilin, Kathleen Connolly, and Micah McKay, Hispanic Issues On Line (U of Minnesota P), vol. 24, 2019, pp. 45-64.

The Littered City: Trash and Neoliberal Urban Space in El aireBariloche, and La villa.” Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, vol. 41, no. 3, 2017, pp. 597-620.

“‘Deus, salve a América’: Ignácio de Loyola Brandão’s Zero and the Production of Trash.” Chasqui: revista de literatura latinoamericana, vol. 46, no. 2, 2017, pp. 144-60.

Documenting Jardim Gramacho: Estamira (2004) and Waste Land (2009).” Luso-Brazilian Review, vol. 53, no. 2, 2016, pp. 134-52.