Keith Schaefer

Associate Professor and Chair, Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures

Rm 302 McMichael Academic 309-457-2418


I was born and raised in Chicago where I was constantly surrounded by a multitude of languages and cultures. From early on I was determined to learn at least one language other than English but, unfortunately, I did not have that opportunity until I was in high school. However, once I began taking Spanish my determination to truly learn the language only grew and it opened up the world to me. I began not only learning the language but also learning about the cultures and people that speak it and, through comparison, I learned more about my own language and culture. I continued my studies of Spanish in college and eventually graduate school and studied and lived in different parts of Spain during this journey.

At Monmouth College I teach all levels of Spanish language and advanced classes on Spanish literature, culture, and history. My research focuses on twentieth-century and contemporary Spain with a particular interest in the novel. My other research interests are theories of religion and secularization and second language acquisition.


B.A.T.– University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2002

M.A. – University of Delaware, 2004

Ph.D. – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2018