The University of Southern Mississippi
Jeanne L. Gillespie

Dr. Jeanne L. Gillespie

Jeanne Gillespie is Professor of Spanish and American Indian Studies and serves as Co-Director of the Center for American Indian Research and Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi.

     Jeanne L. Gillespie is currently investigating the documentation of plant materials and healing practices in indigenous Mexican narratives, especially poetic and dramatic texts. She also studies the oral narrative of the Isleños. These are descendants of Spanish-speaking settlers that arrived along the Gulf Coast in the late 18th century. The have maintained a connection with their Canary Island roots for more than 3oo years.

     Gillespie is the author of Saints and Warriors: Tlaxcalan Perspectives on the Conquest of Tenochtitlan (2004) and is co-editor of Women’s Voices and the Politics of the Spanish Empire (2009). She has served as guest editor of the Southern Quarterly for the issue “And We Are Still Here” (Summer 2014) on American Indian communities throughout the Gulf South from the contact to contemporary times, and “The Unexpected South” (Fall 2015) on the diversity of Southern arts and cultures. Her most recent publications include: “In the shadow of Coatilcue’s smile or reconstructing female indigenous subjectivity in the Spanish colonial record.” Women's Negotiations and Textual Agency in Latin America, 1500-1799. Monica Diaz and Rocio Quispe-Agnioli, eds. New York: Routledge. 2017; and “Where have all the (Chocolate and Popcorn) Flowers Gone? Recovering Healing Botanicals in Nahuatl Poetry,” The Body, Subject & Subjected. Debra Andrist, ed., Sussex, UK: Sussex Press, 2016.

     Gillespie exhibits a passion for finding fascinating stories and rendering them into accessible narratives for reflection and further investigation. About Dr. Jeanne Gillespie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Purdue, a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies with concentrations in Anthropology and Art History from the University of Texas at Austin and a doctorate in Spanish with a concentration in Colonial Latin American Literature from the Arizona State University.Gillespie has published in peer-reviewed venues on Spanish colonial literary and cultural studies as well as in several areas related to innovative pedagogies and interdisciplinary inquiry. Her current research passion is the documentation of plant materials and healing practices in indigenous Mexican documents, especially poetic and dramatic texts that were collected during the Spanish colonial administration. In conjunction with that research avenue, she is preparing an article on women’s voices in the Iberian colonial record that examines Native American women whose words and accounts have been recorded in Spanish documents. Gillespie is also working on an article examining the letters to and from the Duchess of Aveiro, Maria Guadalupe de Lencastre, a driving force in the Jesuit missionary endeavors in Latin America and Asia. She is preparing a book manuscript Performing Spanish Louisiana: Isleño Décimas and the Narratives of St. Bernard Parish, an analysis of Isleño texts, images, and folklore from this Spanish-speaking community in south Louisiana. Gillespie exhibits a passion for finding fascinating stories and rendering them into accessible narratives for reflection and further investigation. She also actively participates in the dissemination of innovations in teaching and learning, including collaborative and integrative learning, online learning, digital initiatives, study abroad and other experiential learning pedagogies. She has taught courses at all levels of Spanish language and cultures. In addition, she teaches in the Women’s and Gender Studies program and in Interdisciplinary Studies. Gillespie is married to musician, John Palensky and is the mother of three vivacious children. Her home is filled with good food, great music and much love.
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Academic Interests
American literature
American studies
Art history
Colonial Latin American literature

Commons Groups
2019 MLA Convention
CLCS Hemispheric American
Computer Studies in Language and Literature
Delegate Assembly
GS Folklore, Myth, and Fairy Tale
GS Travel Writing
Interdisciplinary Approaches to Culture

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