Jennifer with a baby alpaca in Cuzco-Peru

Jennifer Thorndike

Assistant Professor, Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures

Rm 301 McMichael Academic 309-457-2347


I write fiction since I was 14 years old. Also, I am a proud Peruvian and Hispanic. Why is this important? Because I have had a close relation with Latin American culture since I was a teenager. Reading their authors, spending hours looking for films I wanted to watch, discovering different cultures and traditions, and being an activist. I wanted to learn because I´m a very curious person. Because of my love for culture and literature, I have published four books and did a Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2016, I was chosen by FIL-Guadalajara as one of the most outstanding Latin American writers born during the eighties.

I lived in the beautiful Andean-Inca city of Cusco for a year, and for three months between Mexico City and San Cristobal de las Casas. I know almost all the countries South American and fell in love with their amazing cities. To name a few: Cartagena, its kind people and African cultural heritage; Rio de Janeiro, its landscapes between the green of their mountains and the blue of the Atlantic Ocean; Buenos Aires and Santiago, its literary and film cultural scene, which has a deep influenced in me.

I am interested in the contemporary cultural and political representations of Latin American and Latino bodies, women, and immigrants. I also organized the Latin American and Spanish Movies at Monmouth College Film Festival. My mission as a professor is to show all the students the value of cultural diversity, the struggles that make us stronger, and the value of every human being and culture that are there for us to discover.


B.A. – Institute Peruano de Publicidad, 2005

M.A. – University of Pennsylvania, 2013

Ph.D. – University of Pennsylvania, 2017

Courses Taught

SPAN 336: Cuerpo: Vida, valor y muerte

SPAN 466: Visiones de Latinoamérica en el siglo XXI

SPAN 202: Intermediate Spanish II