Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Katharina Kniess

Student - Ph.D. Candidate

A native of Berlin, Germany, Katharina Kniess has spent extensive time in Latin America since her childhood. She was born in Nicaragua and spent six years living in San José, Costa Rica and México, D.F. Kathi received her Magister degree, focusing on Latin American Studies, North American Studies and Communications at the Freie Universität in Berlin. In 2006-2007, she participated in the Erasmus Exchange Program during winter term at the Universidade de Lisboa in Portugal. At Tulane, Kathi’s research interests have focused on Nicaragua, Argentina, ethnographic literature, testimonies, tradition and modernity and globalized culture. She earned her M.A. from Tulane in 2008 after completing a thesis entitled “‘Bad’ Taste, Sex and Capitalism: Visions of Modernity in Roberto Arlt’s Los Siete Locos and Los Lanzallamas.” While at the Stone Center, Kathi has received two Tinker Foundation-funded research grants, the first to study Argentine vanguard journals and periodicals of the 1920s and 30s in Buenos Aires in 2008. In 2009, she traveled to Managua, Nicaragua to complete a project on intellectual and artistic reactions to the current Ortega government. In addition to her graduate studies, Kathi (aka DJ Bratwurst) hosts an electronic music show on WTUL Radio.