Frances Jaeger is an associate professor of Spanish at Northern Illinois University. Her research interests include Latin American contemporary poetry as well as Caribbean and Central American literature.
She is a director of a faculty-led summer program in Mendoza, Argentina, and has led programs in Costa Rica in the past. Before coming to NIU in 2000, she earned her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and taught at the Universitat de Barcelona, University of Puget Sound and University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Given her experiences as a child growing up bilingual (German and English), she strives to pass on these language skills to her son who is growing up trilingual (German, Spanish and English) and learning his first foreign language (Chinese).
When not busy with work or family activities, she tries to practice for her music lessons, learn to ride horseback, and keep up with an ever-growing pile of books on her bedside table.