Leisa Kauffmann

Leisa Kauffmann

Associate Professor


 327 Manoogian Hall


Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Leisa Kauffmann

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

 Colonial Latin America 


Fernando de Alva Ixtlilxochitl

Nahua - Spanish cultural encounter in New Spain

Women and Gender in Colonial Latin America


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. M.A., 1997. Ph. D., 2004.

Awards and grants

Humanities Center Resident Scholar. 2011 – 2012
University Research Grant. Wayne State University. Summer 2010

Selected publications

The Legacy of Rulership in Fernando de Alva Ixtlilxochitl's Historia de la nación chichimeca. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2019.


(With Pablo García Loaeza). “Las transformaciones de Nezahuacóyotl en la obra de Fernando de Alva Ixtlilxóchitl: dos perspectivas.” Estudios de Cultura Náhuatl 53 (2017): 175-203.

“Alva Ixtlilxochitl’s Colonial Mexican Trickster Tale: Nezahualcoyotl and Tezcatlipoca in the Historia de la nación chichimeca. Colonial Latin American Review. 23.1 (2014): 70-83.

“[A]nother set of teeth”: Nahua Myth and the Authorizing of Writing in Borderlands/La Frontera." MELUS: The Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States. 38.2 (2013): 57-70.

“A Theatre of Terror: Staging the Encounter in Sahagún’s 1585 Revision of Book XII of the Historia general de las cosas de la Nueva España.” Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association 44.2 (2011): 43-59.

“Figures of Time and Tribute: The Trace of the Colonial Subaltern in Fernando de Alva Ixtlilxochitl's Historia de la nación chichimeca.” The Global South 4.1 (2010): 31–47.

"The Indian Church and the Age of the Spirit: Joachimist Millenialism and Fray Toribio de Motolinía's Historia de los indios de la Nueva España." A Contracorriente 7.2 (2010): 199–136. <http://www.ncsu.edu/acontracorriente/winter_10/>.

Chapter in Edited Anthology
“The Re-invented Man-god of Colonial Texcoco: Alva Ixtlilxochitl’s Nezahualcoyotl.” In Texcoco: Pre-Hispanic and Colonial Perspectives. Jongsoo Lee and Galen Brokaw, eds. U of Colorado P, 2014: 243-259

Courses taught by Leisa Kauffmann

Fall Term 2024 (future)

Winter Term 2024

Fall Term 2023

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

Winter Term 2022