Jonathan Dettman

Professor of Spanish

Office: THMH Thomas 215   |    Phone: (308) 865-8493   |    Email:

Jonathan Dettman


Dr. Dettman has taught university courses in Spanish, Humanities, and Comparative Literature. His doctoral research focused on contemporary Cuban fiction. His current scholarship and teaching cover a wide array of interests, including the Caribbean, the Southern Cone, the U.S. Southwest, Critical Theory, and second-language education.



Department Chair, UNK Modern Languages (2018–2023).
Graduate Program Chair, MAEd Spanish Education (2016–2018).


Professor, University of Nebraska at Kearney (2023–present).
Associate Professor, University of Nebraska at Kearney (2017–23).
Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska at Kearney (2013–2017).
Visiting Assistant Professor, Monmouth College (2012–2013).


Ph.D. – University of California, Davis.
M.A.T. – Northern Arizona University.
B.A. – Arizona State University.

Selected Publications

  • Libertad condicional: subjetividad política e histórica en Herejes de Leonardo Padura.” Revista Iberoamericana, vol. 85, no. 269, 2019, pp. 1243-1255.
  • “Literature as Reproductive Labor in Post-Soviet Cuba.” Chasqui: Revista de Literatura Latinoamerica, vol. 47, no. 2, 2018.
  • "Special Period-izing Cuba: Limits of the Past Perfect.” Brouillette, Sarah, Mathias Nilges, and Emilio Sauri, eds. Literature and the Global Contemporary. Palgrave-Macmillan, 2017.
  • “Let’s Disagree to Agree: Angélico Chávez Reads Willa Cather’s Death Comes for the Archbishop.” Transmodernity: Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production of the Luso-Hispanic World, vol. 5, no. 2, 2015, pp. 1–23.
  • “Eclipse and Re-emergence of a Critical Discourse on Hemingway in Cuban Literature and Film.” The Latin Americanist, vol. 58, no. 3, 2014, pp. 31-50.
  • “Después de todo, compromiso.” Casa de las Américas, vol. 270, 2013, pp. 101-105.

Additional Scholarly Work