Kyrie Miranda is a Ph.D. candidate in MFLL-Spanish with a second concentration in French, and is a Graduate Teaching Associate. She completed her Master’s degrees in Spanish and French at the University of New Orleans. Her areas of research interests include the Medieval and Early Modern periods, and her dissertation focuses on medieval animal representation in early New World humanist documents. She has presented at several conferences, including the Cincinnati Romance Languages annual conference, the Kentucky Foreign Language conference, the annual conference hosted by the Medieval Studies Institute (Bloomington, ID), and the Underwater Worlds conference in Oxford, England. An article based on her presentation at Oxford will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2018. She currently holds the Jimmy and Dee Haslam Fellowship in Public Humanities at the Marco Institute (UTK), and won the Robert Cartmill Outstanding Student in Spanish Award in 2010 (UNO). Her teaching experience includes Spanish, French, and ESL instruction in online, elementary, secondary, and post-secondary settings, as well as tutoring actors on the film set of Ender's Game.