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Spanish Department Welcomes Lisa Burner

Lisa Burner

The Spanish department is pleased to announce that Lisa Burner will be joining us in the fall in a tenure-track position. She is currently completing her PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research and teaching interests bring together the study of Latin American literatures and cultures with environmental and economic concerns. Her dissertation “Fertilizer Dreams: Peruvian and Chilean Culture of the Guano and Nitrate Eras,” analyzes nineteenth and early-twentieth century literature from Chile and Peru through the lens of the global trade in fertilizer, the “white gold” of the era. Before graduate school, Lisa worked on fisheries and agricultural policy at a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization in Washington, DC. Having received her BA in Latin American Studies and International Studies at Colby College, in Maine, Lisa is very pleased to be returning to a small liberal arts environment in a beautiful location. She reports she is thrilled to be joining the faculty of the Spanish Department and looks forward to working with Sewanee students this fall! We look forward to having her!