Lisa Voigt

Associate Professor Spanish and Portuguese

Professor Voigt joined OSU's Department of Spanish and Portuguese in 2008; she was previously an Associate Professor at the University of Chicago. Her first book, Writing Captivity in the Early Modern Atlantic: Circulations of Knowledge and Authority in the Iberian and English Imperial Worlds (Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture/University of North Carolina Press, 2009), won the Modern Language Association's Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize for an outstanding book published in the field of Latin American and Spanish literature and cultures. Her second book, Spectacular Wealth: The Festivals of Colonial South American Mining Towns, is forthcoming from the University of Texas Press (December 2016). She wrote these books with the support of NEH Fellowships at the Newberry Library in Chicago and the John Carter Brown Library in Providence, RI, and a Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture in Williamsburg, Virginia. Most recently she was a Fulbright and a Gulbenkian Foundation Fellow while working as a Visiting Researcher at the Centre for Overseas History (CHAM) in Lisbon, Portugal (2015-2016), where she was conducting research for her current project on the representation and participation of Africans and Amerindians in early modern Portuguese festivals.

Her teaching and research on colonial Latin American literature and culture address transatlantic and comparative issues, and include such topics as captivity and shipwreck narratives in the Spanish and Portuguese empires, mestizo historiography in New Spain, and Baroque festivals and festival accounts in the Andes, Brazil, and Portugal. She has published on these and other topics in Colonial Latin American Review, Early American Literature, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Hispanic Review, Revista Iberoamericana, MLN and Renaissance Quarterly, among other journals and collected volumes. Her article "The Traveling Illustrations of Sixteenth-Century Travel Narratives," co-authored with Elio Brancaforte (Tulane University), appeared in the May 2014 issue of PMLA. She serves on the editorial boards of several academic journals, including Colonial Latin American Review and Early American Literature.

Areas of Expertise
  • Comparative Luso-Hispanic Studies
  • Transatlantic Studies
  • Colonial Latin American Literature/Culture
  • Ph.D., Hispanic Studies, Brown University, 2001
  • B.A., Hispanic Studies, Northwestern University, 1993

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