Frieda Koeniger, Ph.D.

Dr. Koeninger grew up in Huntsville and is proud to be both a Hornet and a Bearkat. At the undergraduate level, she studied at the University of Houston, the University of Texas at Austin, and she graduated from Sam Houston State University, majoring in Spanish and with a minor in French. She also received a teaching certificate on the secondary level.

Dr. Koeninger lived in Puebla, Mexico, for twenty-five years and raised her four children there. She earned a Masters in Hispanic Literature from the Universidad de las Américas-Puebla, where she also taught for ten years. She earned her Ph. D. in Spanish Literature from the University of Texas at Austin, where she also taught as a graduate student.

At SHSU, Dr. Koeninger has led study abroad programs to Mexico and Costa Rica. She is interested in Pre-Colombian culture and poetry, as well as Latin American colonial literature, which she incorporates in her graduate course. Her research is focused on theater censorship in Mexico City and Madrid during the eighteenth century.

In her spare time, Dr. Koeninger likes to do contra-dancing and English country dancing. When she has the opportunity, she especially likes to polka. She enjoys the opera, particularly Mozart's works. She also likes to knit and sew. She now has twelve grandchildren, whom she spoils as often as she can.

Current research interests

  • Theater Censorship Spain/ Mexico 18th century
  • Social History Spain/Mexico 18th-19th centuries

Selected Publications/Works/ Conferences

"Santos Díez González, Civil Censor: Balancing the Theory and Practice of Theater Reform in Madrid, 1788-1804." Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research. Volume 29.2 (Winter 2014): 9-26.

"EL NEGRO Y LA BLANCA: La censura de una obra abolicionista en Madrid y México." DIECIOCHO. 37.1 (Spring 2014): 123-138.

List of courses regularly taught at SHSU

Spanish 1412: Elementary Spanish 2

Spanish 2311: Intermediate Spanish 1

Spanish 2312: Intermediate Spanish 2

Spanish 3361: Spanish Grammar and Composition

Spanish 5333: Spanish-American Literature: Pre-European to Independence.