Stony Brook University News reports that Lena Burgos-Lafuente, associate professor in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature, has received the prestigious Wilbur Martin Visiting Scholar Fellowship of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) at Harvard University. In Fall 2019, she will undertake archival research for her project, “A la izquierda de la izquierda: Cosmopolitan Communism in the Early to Mid-Twentieth Century Caribbean (1920-1959).”
An associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature, Professor Burgos-Lafuente specializes in poetry, Latin American essay writing, sound studies, and transatlantic literary crossings in the first half of the 20th century. She received her PhD from New York University in 2011 and was named a recipient of the Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2014-2015. She is the author of A la escucha del destiempo: poéticas de la posguerra en el Caribe transatlántico (Iberoamericana Vervuert), editor of Untendered Eyes: Literary Politics of Julia de Burgos (CENTRO Journal, 2014), and co-editor of María Zambrano in Dialogue (Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, 2015) and Cartas a Consuelo (Folium, 2014), Julia de Burgos’s unpublished correspondence to her sister. She is also co-editor of The Puerto Rico Reader: History, Culture, Politics, under contract to Duke University Press.
The DRCLAS works to increase knowledge of the cultures, economies, histories, environment and contemporary affairs of Latin America; to foster cooperation and understanding among the peoples of the Americas; and to contribute to democracy, social progress and sustainable development throughout the hemisphere.