Anne Lambright earned her BA with a triple major in Spanish, History, and Latin American Studies at Southern Methodist University. Upon graduation, she received a Fulbright Grant to Ecuador, a life-transforming opportunity that initiated her interest in Andean culture. After two years in Ecuador, she began graduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned an MA and PhD in Latin American Literature, and she currently maintains an active research agenda in the area of Andean studies, particularly Peru.
Professor Lambright's most recent book Andean Truths: Transitional Justice, Ethnicity, and Cultural Production in Post-Shining Path Peru (forthcoming, Liverpool University Press) studies how literature, drama, film, and the visual arts contest the dominant narrative of national peace and reconciliation in Peru after two decades of civil war , as constructed by that country’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. By examining cultural responses to state-sponsored truth-seeking and reconciliation efforts, Professor Lambright shows that the Peruvian case proves internationally-endorsed truth commission paradigms have been insufficient for arriving at the “truth” of a national trauma that primarily affected disenfranchised ethnic groups. For this project, she received nationally-competitive grants from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation (MacIntosh Fellowship, 2007-2009), the Humanities Institute at the University of Connecticut (External Residential Faculty Fellow, 2010-2011), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (Fellowship, 2012-2013).
A passionate and dedicated teacher, her scholarly work has a profound impact on her teaching, both in themes and theoretical approaches. Through courses in Spanish and English such as “War, Truth Commissions, and Cultural Production," "Theories of Race and Modernity in Latin America," "Indigenous Peoples in Spanish American Literature and Culture," "Gender, Ethnicity, and Resistance in the Andes," and "Introduction to Cultural Analysis," Professor Lambright uses interdisciplinary approaches to study how questions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, globalization, migration, and transnationalism inform national identity and discourse.