Sara Lehman, LALSI's Director, is a Professor of Spanish who researches and teaches colonial literature, 17th century discourse, and the picaresque. Her courses in Spanish cover literature from the 15th to the 19th centuries, and focus on transatlantic and interdisciplinary perspectives. Her courses in English for Latin American and Latino Studies include surveys, literature in translation, and culture courses. In her capacity as Director, she is always open to collaborating with students on independent studies.
Her publications include the first critical edition of fray Antonio Vázquez de Espinosa's Tratado verdadero del viaje y navegación, a new critical edition of José Joaquín Frenández de Lizardi's Don Catrín de la Fachenda, multiple student editions of classic Spanish texts, and her monograph Sinful Business: New World Commerce as Religious Transgression in Literature on and of the Spanish Colonies.