Catherine Brix



PhD in Spanish

Research Interests 

Born and raised in Iowa, I graduated from Central College in 2009 with BAs in Spanish and Art and a specialized minor in Linguistics and TESOL.  My graduate studies and research while completing my MA in Spanish at the University of Northern Iowa focused on issues of gender, identity, violence, and sexuality, especially within the scope of 20th century Spain and the Franco dictatorship.  After completing my MA in 2012 and beginning my Ph.D. at Notre Dame, my research has led me to similar areas of inquiry regarding the dictatorships of the Southern Cone during the latter half of the 20th century. My current work focuses on the interdisciplinary connections between literature, gender studies, political science, and peace studies in testimonios of the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile.

Undergraduate Institution 

B.A., Central College, Pella, IA; M.A., University of Northern Iowa


  • Brix, Catherine M. “Más profundo en El laberinto del fauno: Un análisis de las funciones históricas y contemporáneas de cuentos de hadas.”
    University of Northern Iowa, 2012.
  • Brix, Catherine M. "Rethinking Conceptualizations of Identity of the Detained-Disappeared." Review of Surviving Forced Disappearance: Identity and Meaning by Gabriel Gatti.
    A Contracorriente, Jan. 2015, p. 468-474.
  • Serrano Pérez, Sol, and Luz María Díaz de Valdés. “Empowering the People: The Role of the Laity in the Archdiocese of Santiago, 1957-1983.”
    Translated by Catherine M. Brix, Lived History of Vatican II Conference, 26 Apr. 2014, Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, U. of Notre Dame. Reading.

Contact Information

323 O'Shaughnessy Hall
Mailing Address:
University of Notre Dame
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
343 O'Shaughnessy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556