Professor of Spanish
Expertise: Testimonial function and discourse; Central American and Latina women’s writing
At North Park since: 1997
Dr. Linda Craft considers energy, creativity, and a sense of humor among the strengths of North Park’s Spanish department. “It thrives in community,” says Dr. Craft of the program. “As Spanish majors, students will work hard, be taken to new places, and have their worlds and minds expanded,” she says.
She enjoys the fact that North Park is a small liberal arts school in a big city, and appreciates the close relationships that are formed in the Spanish program, especially during study-abroad trips in which students live with host families and travel.
An expert on Latina literature and culture, Dr. Craft’s classes regularly engage the city of Chicago and the many Latino cultural experiences it affords, including visits to the Latino Film Festival, Latino theater groups such as Teatro Luna (where Dr. Craft is a member of the board), and volunteer service with local Spanish-speaking immigrants.
Dr. Craft is also passionate about issues of faith and social justice—a passion which has been instilled in many of her students. “I am drawn especially to the peace and justice work of religious and humanitarian activists in Latin America,” she says. After graduation, her students have pursued teaching, social work, public health, immigrant and refugee services, overseas missions, and human rights-focused law school programs, as well as business and medical schools.
- PhD, Northwestern University
- MA, University of Akron
- BA, College of Wooster
- De la hamaca al trono…y al más allá: Lecturas críticas de la obra de Manlio Argueta. Co-editor of anthology of critical readings. San Salvador: U Tecnológica, 2013.
- Linda Craft, trans. Once Upon a Time[Bomb] (Siglo de o(g)ro), by Manlio Argueta. University Press of America, 2007.
- Linda Craft. Novels of Testimony and Resistance from Central America. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1997.