Obed Lira's scholarship focuses on Colonial Latin American Literature, primarily 16th and 17th centuries, Classical Nahuatl literary and visual culture, and post-colonial and subaltern studies. He is currently spearheading the Florentine Codex Project, a collaborative Digital Humanities project that consists of a scholarly digital edition of Bernardino de Sahagún’s Historia general de las cosas de Nueva España.  Prof. Lira is also completing a book project that centers on the emotive rhetoric of humanitarian friar Bartolomé de las Casas.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D, Harvard University
  • A.M, Harvard University
  • B.A. St. John's College


  • Latin American Cultural Traditions
  • Feeling the Spanish Conquest
  • Latinx Literature in the U.S.
  • Sor Juana: Poet, Thinker, Icon

Research Interests 

  • Colonial Latin American Literature              
  • Classical Nahuatl Literary and Visual Culture                       
  • Early Modern Spanish Literature                              
  • Affect Theory
  • Postcolonial Theory
  • Digital Humanities
  • History of Science and Mathematics

Selected Publications

2019         “Cloistered Infinity: Sor Juana and the Metaphor of the Infinite Sphere” (forthcoming in Colonial Latin American Review)  

2019         “Wonder and the Ethics of Proximity in Las Casas’s Apologética historia sumaria” (forthcoming in Hispanic Review 87.3)  

2019         “New World Barbarians in Rinconete y Cortadillo” (forthcoming in Cervantes Transatlántico/Transatlantic Cervantes. Eds. Francisco Ramírez Santacruz and Pedro Ángel Palou, Peter Lang Publishing.)


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