Curtis holds a BA in Spanish from Gonzaga University, and a PhD from Yale (2005). In between, he received masters’ degrees from Washington State University, The Johns Hopkins University, and Yale. He joins the faculty of Quest after having taught at Ball State University, Reed College, and the University of Puget Sound.
Curt began teaching Spanish language classes in 1994. He has offered advanced courses in Spanish on Spanish film; Hispanic poetry; the representation of the Roma, Jews, and “Moors” in Spanish literature and culture; Hispanic literature of violence; and the movida madrileña. In English, he has given courses on European film; Don Quixote; testimonial literature, art, and film; and the figure of the loser in film and literature. His syllabi have been known to carry warning labels.
Curt has published on pedagogy and Spanish Civil War photography, and on photography in the work of Spanish novelist Benito Pérez Galdós. A question that he would love to explore in his future research is “How does how we see shape who we are?” He hopes to tackle that question as soon as he finishes his current book-length manuscript, on the survival of Romantic motifs in Spanish poetry and prose of the 19th and 20th centuries. This project is his means of grappling with the question, “What do we owe each other?”
Curt spends his free time square dancing (which he recommends to all students interested in mathematics, logic, and linguistics), and taking photographs.