Anthony J. Cárdenas

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Professor Emeritus

Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Curriculum Vitae


PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1974

MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1969

BA, University of New Mexico, 1968


I was born in Los Alamos, NM and grew up in Santa Fe. With English as my Muttersprache, for the longest time I had wanted to learn Spanish, the language of my ancestors. The search for my roots took me back to Medieval Spain where I noted so many commonalities between what I saw as a child and what I learned about that period. All this, combined with having been raised Catholic, having had nuns forever criticize my penmanship, having gone to the seminary before Vatican I and II made specializing in the Middle Ages as natural as water flowing down an arroyo. Since editing the Libro del saber de astrologia for my dissertation under the direction of Professor Lloyd Kasten, I have been a practicing medievalist with additional strong research and teaching interests in the Golden Age, especially Cervantes, and now, more than ever, in seventeenth-century New Mexico. In addition to editing texts, and hence to an interest in Spanish vernacular paleography, my research has lead me to investigate a variety of topics some of which has resulted in publications. I have always thoroughly enjoyed teaching at the university level and look forward to croaking in the classroom.

Research Interests

  • Medieval literature with strong research interests in the Golden Age
  • Cervantes
  • 17th century New Mexican texts


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

Physical Address

Room 235E
Ortega Hall
Building # 79 on the UNM map

Mailing Address

1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-1070