Amy Spellacy’s teaching and research interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature, literature of the Americas, U.S. Latino/a literature, and transnational literary and cultural studies. Her dissertation, “Neighbors North and South: Literary Culture, Political Rhetoric and Inter-American Relations in the Era of the Good Neighbor Policy, 1928-1948,” traces the deployment and circulation of the trope of the neighbor in social and cultural texts in the United States and Latin America. Prior to Gallatin, Amy was a lecturer and Assistant Director of Studies in the History and Literature program at Harvard, where she taught interdisciplinary courses such as “American Road Narratives,” “Mexican American Crossings,” and “A Cultural History of the Banana.” Amy is also the Administrative Director of the Gallatin Americas Scholars.
Teaching and Research Interests
19th- and 20th-century American literature; hemispheric American studies; U.S. Latino/a literature; U.S.-Latin American relations; travel; road narratives; race and ethnicity
B.A., University of St. Thomas, 1995 M.A., University of Iowa, 1998 Ph.D., University of Iowa, 2006
Professor Amy Spellacy contributed the chapter "'Making Pals in Panama': U.S.-Latin American Relations and the Trope of the Good Neighbor in Coca-Cola Advertising During the 1940s" to Global Perspectives on the United States: Pro-Americanism, Anti-Americanism, and the Discourses Between, edited by Virginia R. Dominguez and Jane C. Desmond (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2017), 265-289.