Faculty & Staff

Lisa Burner

Assistant Professor of Spanish
B.A., Colby College; Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


Professor Burner specializes in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Latin American literature and culture. She is interested in how cultural production can offer insight into economic and environmental concerns of the past and present, including financial crisis and the depletion of natural resources. Her dissertation, “Fertilizer Dreams: Peruvian and Chilean Culture of the Guano and Nitrate Eras,” analyzes novels, short stories, and newspaper articles written during periods of economic boom and bust driven by the export of fertilizer from Latin America to Europe.