Jean Knight earned her doctorate at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). Within the field of Hispanism her interests are contemporary Latin American narrative in general and Andean authors in particular. These interests blend in her book, The Story of the Storyteller, which focuses on the Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa. She has been a lecturer in the department since 1999. Her courses cover a variety of topics including: the Boom; narratives of la selva; Andean literature; coming-of-age stories; and representations of cities in Latin American literature. She also teaches and coordinates Advanced Spanish II (212) and coordinates the sequence of medical Spanish courses. In addition to teaching, she promotes study abroad as the director of the Penn-in-Buenos Aires summer study abroad program. Her yearly trips to Argentina have helped her develop into an enthusiastic tango dancer.