Katryn Evinson

Katryn Evinson
Graduate Student Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures / The Fisher Center at Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Institute of Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University


Katryn Evinson is a Ph.D. student in Latin American & Iberian Cultures concentrating on nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first century Spain as its issues prove relevant to more global matters beyond Spanish borders. In her research she is drawn to debates centered on 1) political subjectivity working through the tensions between individuality and collectivity, 2) the ambivalent relation among technology and nature in industrial and post-industrial societies , and 3) the state's fluctuations from a site of antagonism to other political significations. She considers how these debates unfold through literature, politics, culture, theory and art.

Prior to coming to Columbia University, Katryn completed an MPhil in Romance Studies at Cornell University with a concentration in Spanish (2017); she holds an MA from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in Aesthetics and Contemporary Art Theory (2013) with a thesis titled “Failure as an Aporia: The Politics of a Disobedient Structure.” In 2009, she received a BA degree (Licenciatura) in Humanities with a concentration in Philosophy from Universitat Pompeu Fabra de Barcelona.

Katryn’s is the 2018-19 recipient of the Fisher Center Pre-doctoral Fellowship at Hobart & William Smith Colleges and the 2018-19 recipient of the Public Humanities Fellowship. Her research has been recently supported by The Society for the Humanities Graduate Student Humanities Travel Research Grant (Cornell University), several Graduate Travel Grants (Cornell University), The Society for the Humanities Dissertation Writing Group Grant (Cornell University), and three Conference Travel Grants (Cornell University). She was appointed Graduate Research Teaching Fellow by Cornell University’s Center for Teaching Excellence (2016-17) and Mellon Urbanism Fellow for Expanded Practice Seminar from Mellon Foundation (2015-16).