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Leila Lehnen

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Associate Professor

Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Advisor of Portuguese Program

Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Curriculum Vitae


PhD, Vanderbilt University, 2003


Leila Lehnen received her Ph.D. in 2003 from Vanderbilt University and taught for two years as an Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her primary research interests are in contemporary Brazilian and Spanish American literature and culture. She is especially interested in how culture reflects, comments and attempts to, at times, subvert dominant discourses such as historiography. In her classes, Professor Lehnen likes to motivate students to think critically about the hybrid processes that form and transform cultures as well as the effects culture has on how we engage with the world we live in.

Research Interests

  • Twentieth and Twenty-First-Century Brazilian Literature and cultural studies
  • Twentieth and Twenty-First-Century Spanish American Literature and cultural studies
  • Contemporary Brazilian and Spanish-American cultural production as they pertain to issues of citizenship, human rights and social justice.


Phone: 505-277-5907
Fax: 505-277-3885

Physical Address

Room 455
Ortega Hall
Building # 79 on the UNM map

Mailing Address

1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-1070