Jeff A. Kirsch, PhDRETIRED
Faculty Associate, Languages
Programs: Spanish Independent Learning and Spanish for Reading Knowledge

Jeff Kirsch earned his AB degree at Miami University and both his MA and PhD from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, with a specialization in contemporary Spanish novel and a minor in Portuguese.

Since 2002 Jeff has directed Spanish Independent Learning in the UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies, Department of Liberal Arts and Applied Studies.

Prior to this, he taught in the UW-Madison Department of Spanish and Portuguese and was the director of the Spanish language program at Tulane University in New Orleans.

Jeff has lived and/or studied in Nice, France; Bogotá, Colombia (Universidad de los Andes); and Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil (Universidade Federal do Paraná). Besides Spanish and Portuguese, he also speaks French and Italian.

Over the past 2 decades he has written approximately 20 Spanish and Portuguese language and Spanish literature Independent Learning courses. He also is the author of the textbook Spanish for Reading Knowledge.

Under the name J. Allen Kirsch, Jeff is the author of 3 published novels, including Madlands and God’s Little Isthmus. In addition, he has written some 100 published book reviews on Spanish, Brazilian, and American literature.

Jeff has also been a coach for finalists in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, coaching students who finished tied for 3rd (2007), tied for 8th (2008), tied for 5th (2010), tied for 7th (2013), and finished in 12th place (2014).

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