Michael Kidd

Chair, Languages
Dir., Medieval Studies

Old Main 200D
CB 99

¡Hola! Et salve!

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, and my research interests range from the medieval epic to early modern Spanish theater. I teach a broad array of courses in humanities, Latin, Spanish, and Hispanic literature and culture.

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


  • B.A. magna cum laude, 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


  • ENL 360: The Classical Tradition
  • ENL 361: The Medieval World
  • HUM 120: Medieval Life in 12th-Century Europe (a.k.a. “Medieval Connections”)
  • LAT 101-102: Beginning Latin I & II
  • SPA 111-112: Beginning Spanish I & II
  • SPA 211-212: Intermediate Spanish I & II
  • SPA 248: Spanish and Latin American Culture through 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

Selected Publications



Favorite Quotes from LATIN and SPANISH

Sunt lacrimae rerum et mentem mortalia tangunt.


Ars adeo latet arte sua. Miratur et haurit

pectore Pigmalion simulati corporis ignes.


Rapiebant me spectacula theatrica, plena imaginibus

miserarium mearum et fomitibus ignis mei.

—St. Augustine

Quid igitur, O mortales, extra petitis

intra vos positam felicitatem?


Báy-še méw qorazón de mïb.

¡Yã Rabb, ši še më tornarád!

¡Tan mãl me dólëd li-l-habïb!

Enfermo yëd: ¿kuánd šanarád?

—Kharja 9

De los sos ojos tan fuertemientre llorando

tornava la cabeça e estávalos catando.

Poem of the Cid

¡Que hay quien intente reinar

viendo que ha de despertar

en el sueño de la muerte!

—Pedro Calderón de la Barca

La puerta del teatro no se cierra nunca.

—Federico García Lorca

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