Faculty Profile

Kathleen Balutansky, PhD

Professor of English

M.A., Ph.D. University of Notre Dame
B.A. Goshen College

Areas of Expertise:

Post-Colonial theory, Caribbean literature, 20th-century women writers.

My Saint Michael's:

Many years ago, a student in my Caribbean Literature class came back from spring break and told me I ruined his vacation. After learning about Jamaica in class and discussing what Jamaicans felt, he said could not just lie on the beach and drink with his friends in an exclusive beach resort. He was drawn to the local community where he interacted with real Jamaicans. He had planned a mindless vacation and found that what he learned in class changed that. To me, this was a student who really understood what he learned and made it matter in his life. That is what learning is all about.

Saint Michael’s is unique because of the combination of its inheritance of the Edmundite spirit, the dedication of its faculty and staff, its small size and its wonderful location. Most of our students are open-hearted and open to the world.

Research Interests:

Post-Colonial theory, Caribbean literature, 20th-century women writers.


The Novels of Alex La Guma: The Representation of a Political Conflict (1990). 

Scholarly articles on Caribbean writers, translations, interviews, a co-edited anthology of essays by Caribbean writers, Representing Caribbean Creolization: Reflections on the Cultural Dynamics of Language and Literature (1998), and Haiti: Writing under Siege (2004).

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