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Leila Lehnen

Associate professorr, Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, Brown University


Leila Lehnen Leila Lehnen is an Associate professor in the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at Brown University. She specializes in contemporary Brazilian literature and culture. Her thematic areas of research include the representation of citizenship, human rights, social justice, and democracy in literary and cultural production. Beyond this, she is also interested in Latin American environmental humanities. Her book Citizenship and Crisis in Contemporary Brazilian Literature examines the portrayal and critique of differentiated citizenship in contemporary Brazilian literature. She has articles on citizenship, social justice, human rights, and ecocriticism in Brazilian and Latin American literature, among other topics, and has published extensively in scholarly journals and anthologies in the United States, Brazil, and Europe in venues such as Bulletin of Contemporary Hispanic Studies, Journal of Lusophone Studies, Hispanic Issues, Veredas: Revista da Associação Internacional de Lusitanistas, Revista Iberoamericana, Chasqui, Revista Literatura Brasileira Contemporânea, Letterature d’America, Romance Quarterly, among other venues.