Michael Kidd

Associate Prof
Chair, Languages
Dir., Medieval Studies

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Michael Kidd

Associate Professor of Spanish

Chair of Languages & Cross-Cultural Studies

Director of Medieval Studies


Before coming to Augsburg in 2008, I taught at St. Olaf, Macalester, Carleton, and the University of New Mexico. I love Augsburg’s urban location, its emphasis on global citizenship, and its unique Medieval Studies major.

My academic training is in Spanish literature and Classics. I am especially interested in poetry and theater of the late medieval and early modern periods (approximately 1400-1650). I teach everything from first-semester Spanish to upper-division literature and culture.

In addition to my position as chair of Languages and Cross-Cultural Studies and director of Medieval Studies, I collaborate closely with the Theater Department, the M.F.A. program, and the Center for Global Education. I am also a literary translator and a creative writer.


  • B.A., Pomona College, 1990
  • Ph.D., Cornell University, 1995

Honors and Distinctions

  • Colorado Endowment for the Humanities Publication Prize, 2004
  • American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 2001
  • Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities, 1990-95
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1990


  • SPA 111-112: Beginning Spanish I & II
  • SPA 211-212: Intermediate Spanish I & II
  • SPA 295: Hispanic Film
  • SPA 311: Spanish Conversation and Composition
  • SPA 312: Spanish Expression
  • SPA 331: Spanish Civilization and Culture
  • SPA 352-353: Survey of Spanish Literature I & II
  • SPA 354: Representative Hispanic Authors
  • SPA 356: Latin American Literature
  • ENL 360: The Classical Tradition
  • ENL 361: The Medieval World
  • HUM 120: Medieval Life in 12th-Century Europe (a.k.a. “Medieval Connections”)

Selected Publications



Favorite Quotes from Spanish Literature

  • De los sos ojos tan fuertemientre llorando / tornava la cabeça e estávalos catando.

—Anonymous, Poema de Mio Cid (13th century)

  • Porque es umanal cosa el pecar.

—Juan Ruiz, Libro de buen amor (14th century)

  • Siempre fue la lengua compañera del imperio.

—Antonio de Nebrija, Gramática de la lengua castellana (15th century)

  • Coged de vuestra alegre primavera / el dulce fruto.

—Garcilaso de la Vega, Soneto 23 (16th century)

  • ¿Qué pasado bien no es sueño?

—Pedro Calderón de la Barca, La vida es sueño (17th century)

  • La puerta del teatro no se cierra nunca.

—Federico García Lorca, El público (20th century)

  • Take one of my classes and you’ll learn many more!