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Cherie Meacham

Professor of Spanish

Expertise: Women’s and Latin American literature
At North Park since: 1983

Cherie Meacham has always been drawn to teaching, in large part, for the relationships. When she came to North Park, she says, she became especially aware of the many advantages that teaching at a small liberal arts university affords, starting with the fact that faculty are able to have a real impact on students’ lives. “Since we have small, highly participatory classes in the Spanish program,” she says, “we really get to know these young people, which is what most teachers seek.”

North Park also gave Dr. Meacham the opportunity to directly structure its Spanish program. “I had the chance to build the Spanish major and initiate a foreign study program,” she says, “which has allowed me to take students to Morelia, Mexico, for over 20 years, and more recently, to Cuenca, Ecuador.” In addition, Dr. Meacham was instrumental in establishing North Park’s Women’s Studies and Global Studies programs, as well as an exchange program with La Universidad de El Salvador in Buenos Aires.

“I especially appreciate the commitment to larger issues of justice and equity that I observe in the North Park student body,” Dr. Meacham says. In addition to foreign study opportunities, she has helped place students in a variety of internships, including hospitals, businesses, museums, consulates, and international and local nonprofit organizations.

“We have a talented and energetic faculty deeply involved in innovative teaching and research, which leads to a wide variety of activities on and off campus that allow students to take advantage of Chicago's rich cultural life,” Dr. Meacham says.

Dr. Meacham also serves as co-sponsor of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Spanish Honor Society, and is a member of the International Conference on Caribbean Literature.

Education

  • PhD, Hispanic Studies, Northwestern University
  • MA, Latin American Studies, Kent State University
  • BA, University of Illinois

Recent Publications

  • Reprint of “Como agua para chocolate: Cinderella and the Revolution" in A Recipe for Discourse: Perspectives on Like Water for Chocolate,  edited by Eric Skipper. Amsterdam: Rodolpi, 2010.
  • “Screaming Silence: Testimony and Trauma in Shani Mootoo’s Cereus Blooms at Night,” Islands in Between Conference, Dominica, VI. Volume 3. The University of the Netherlands Antilles and the Fundashon pa Planifikashon di Idioma, 2009.
  • “Resisting Romance: Isabel Allende’s Transformation of the Popular Romance Formula in Hija de la fortuna.” Latin American Literary Review vol 35, #69 (July 2007): 29-45.