Rolena Adorno

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Rolena Adorno is the Sterling Professor of Spanish at Yale University. Her books on colonial Latin American literary and cultural history, including The Polemics of Possession in Spanish American Narrative; De Guancane a Macondo: estudios de literatura hispanoamericana; Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca: His Account, His Life, and the Expedition of Pánfilo de Narváez, and Guaman Poma: Writing and Resistance in Colonial Peru, have been awarded prizes by the Modern Language Association, the American Historical Association, the Western Historical Association, and the New England Council of Latin American Studies. She holds an Honorary Professorship at La Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, and is an Honorary Associate of the Hispanic Society of America. In 2015, she received the Modern Language Association's Lifetime Scholarly Achievement Award. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Born and raised in an Iowa farming family of German descent, Ms. Adorno holds a BA from the University of Iowa, an MAT from the University of Hartford, and a PhD from Cornell University.