About Me

 In my apartment in Cádiz, Spain

In my apartment in Cádiz, Spain

I am an Associate Professor of Spanish literature, culture, and film and I am the Associate Chair of the department of Modern Languages at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. I am currently researching and writing on contemporary Spanish cinema. This semester I am teaching Spanish Cultural Studies, Survey of Spanish Cinema, and the Honors 101 Seminar at Ole Miss

I am a Buddhist and practice vipassana with the Oxford Sangha meditation group.

I was born in Ottumwa, Iowa, where I grew up and went to high school. I earned my BA from Central College in Pella, Iowa; my Master's Degree from Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana; and my PhD from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. In 1991 and 1992 I lived in Granada, Spain, and attended la Universidad de Granada. I have travelled extensively throughout Spain, as well as Portugal, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Costa Rica, and Mexico.

 The Iberian Peninsula seen from the International Space Station

The Iberian Peninsula seen from the International Space Station

My interests include fussy coffee, passionate music, and intelligent narrative. I am a devotee of contemporary Spanish literature (novelists like Juan José MillásJosé Ángel MañasLucía EtxebarríaRay Loriga) and Spanish cinema (directors such as Julio MedemIcíar Bollaín, Jaime RosalesAlejandro Amenábar, Fernando León de AranoaVentura Pons). I dig 1940s and 50s film noir, heart-wrenching contemporary dramas, and I try to watch one new film every day.

 Café Iruña, Pamplona/Iruña

Café Iruña, Pamplona/Iruña

Currently I am waist deep into a book-length manuscript on the representations of youth in contemporary Spanish cinema. Tentatively titled Growing Up on Film: Millennial Disaffection in Spanish Film and Culture, to date I have written about 250 pages. More to come. So much more.

So...Klodt? Blame it on the Prussians, but here's the deal with my name: the D is silent, so pronounce it like COAT with an L.

 Billy and Tommy

Billy and Tommy

Billy and Tommy (left and right, respectively) are my ever-vigilant feline companions.

Explore my interests through my vibes below. Connect with me via social media (scroll down to the icons below), drop me a line, or stop by for a visit at C-109 Bondurant Hall. Thank you, please tip your waitstaff, and drive home safely.

VIBES

Links to what is stimulating my head and rousing my heart.

 Reading & Writing, Calle Esquíroz, Pamplona/Iruña

Reading & Writing, Calle Esquíroz, Pamplona/Iruña

TECHNERDERY

To know my tech is to know me.

  • OmniOutliner Pro: All of my academic writing begins here

  • Ulysses: Simple yet powerful writing studio that ingeniously organizes your long-form writing

  • Byword: A lightweight, Markdown-friendly text editor for when the words are flowing from your fingertips

  • Instapaper: Elegant read-it-later solution for web & iOS

  • Evernote: Syncs all of my research seamlessly across Mac, iPad & iPhone

  • Keynote: Until magic wands become available, Keynote pulls presentation rabbits out of my top hat

  • Pixelmator: Who needs Photoshop's bloat when an image editor is this powerful?

  • Tweetbot: My six shooter of wit while riding the back trails of the Twitter range, pardner

  • Reeder: Slick RSS that slices through headlines

  • VLC: My Secret Decoder Ring for region-encoded international films

  • 1Password: Indispensable password manager; my first installation when setting up a Mac

  • ToDoist: Lightning-fast syncing, ass-kicking task and project manager

  • Squarespace: The sophisticated yet intuitive platform I use to make the website you're reading now

  • TextExpander: Keyboard shortcuts that pulverize repetitive text

  • Alfred + Powerpack: Jaw-droppingly powerful launcher & automator

  • Dropbox: Happy little cloud storage

HEAVY ROTATION

Tunes that are rocking my world. Click the album covers to stream from Apple Music.

 Nerd Coffee

Nerd Coffee

NERD COFFEE

It's not an indulgence, it's an investment in your body's caffeination regimen. Be picky when selecting your Nerd Coffee equipment: Caffeine is totally worth it.