Jess Boersma, PhD, PMP

Jess BoersmaAssociate Professor of Spanish
Office: Bear Hall 109
Telephone: (910) 962-2608
Fax: (910) 962-7712
E-mail: boersmaj

Ph.D., Emory University
B.S., University of Wisconsin


Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Jess Boersma earned his B.S. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and his PhD from Emory University. He is an Associate Professor of Spanish, and serves as the Director of Applied Learning, a campus-wide applied learning program, and as the Director of the Team for Interdisciplinary Global Research at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. His research focuses on representations of violence, and the relationships between literature, philosophy, and political culture in contemporary Spain. He has co-edited a special issue of Discourse titled "Membranous Topographies,” and a special section of an issue of Arena Romanistica titled “The Literary (as) Sovereign: Philosophy and its Others in Spain and Latin America” with Anthony Cascardi and Scott Weintraub. He has been the principal investigator on several external grants including two on applied learning and civic engagement with the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and others with the U.S. Government concerning language, regional expertise, culture, and pedagogical development, including the largest Department of State Grant awarded in the history of the University of North Carolina system. Dr. Boersma’s experience abroad includes work as a humanitarian relief worker, and government liaison throughout Central and South America, and as a student and researcher at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Universidad de Salamanca, and the Biblioteca Nacional in Spain. In addition, he served as an international observer for the Carter Center and briefed former President Jimmy Carter. In his free time, he has started a chess club at local, public elementary school, which now has over 150 active students and one dozen regular volunteers.