Katie Lateef-Jan

Graduate Student

Office Location

Phelps Hall 6333


Comparative Literature


  • BA in Spanish and English with a minor in Comparative Literature and Culture from the University of San Francisco (2008)
  • MA in Comparative Literature from UCSB (2016)
  • PhD in Comparative Literature at UCSB in progress


Katie Lateef-Jan is a doctoral student at the University of California, Santa Barbara in Comparative Literature with PhD emphases in Translation Studies and Applied Linguistics. Her doctoral research focuses on twentieth-century Latin American literature, specifically Argentine fantastic fiction and the work of Silvina Ocampo. She co-edited with Suzanne Jill Levine Untranslatability Goes Global: The Translator’s Dilemma, part of Routledge’s Advances in Translation and Interpreting Studies series (2018). A literary translator, her translations from the Spanish have appeared in Granta: The Magazine of New Writing and Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas. She is also interested in multilingualism studies and the political dimensions of translation, and has a chapter on bilingual youth translators in the upcoming Feeling It: Language, Race, and Affect in Latinx Youth Learning, edited by Mary Bucholtz, Dolores Inés Casillas and Jin Sook Lee (Routledge, 2018).



  • Comparative Literature 170: The Art of Translation (Summer 2017, Teaching Associate)