Chad Leahy

Chad Leahy

Assistant Professor of Spanish, Early Modern and Medieval Spanish Cultural Studies

What I do

I teach and research the literature and cultures of early modern Spain & medieval Iberia.

Professional Biography

My work focuses on the intersection of religion, politics, gender, and race in the cultures of early modern Spain and medieval Iberia. My students and I explore these issues in courses including “Sex, Bodies, and Power in Imperial Spain,” “Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia,” “Life Writing in Imperial Spain,” “The Quixote Archive,” “Spectacle and Performance in Early Modern Spain,” “Poetry Smackdown in Old Spain,” and “Cervantes and the Canon.” My research centers especially around the place of Jerusalem in the historical invention of Spain, and I am currently completing a monograph on this topic entitled Possessing Jerusalem: The Holy City and the Early Modern Invention of Spain. I am also author (with Ken Tully) of Jerusalem Afflicted: Quaresmius, Spain, and the Idea of a 17th-Century Crusade, forthcoming with Routledge. My research has appeared in venues including Anuario Lope de Vega, Bulletin of Spanish Studies, Cervantes, Criticón, Hispanic Review, Lemir, Revista de Literatura Medieval, RILCE, Romance Notes, Symposium, and the blog In the Medieval Middle.


  • Ph.D., Hispanic Studies, Brown University, 2013
  • MA, Hispanic Studies, Brown University, 2004
  • B.Mus. (Bachelor of Music), Music Education, Boston University, 2002
  • BA, Hispanic Languages and Literature, Boston University, 2002

Featured Publications

Leahy, C. (2016). 'Dineros en cruzados': The morisco expulsion, Numismatic Propaganda, and the Materiality of Ricote's Coins. Hispanic Review, 84(3), 273-98.
Leahy, C. (1970). La retórica del deseo en los relatos de viaje a Tierra Santa. Criticón, 128, 85-101.
Leahy, C. (2017). Re-Placing the Holy Land in Lope de Vega's Isidro: Poema castellano (1599). Bulletin of Spanish Studies.
Leahy, C. (2016). The Rhetoric of enkomion poleos and the Sanctification of Madrid in a pliego suelto Attributed to Lope de Vega. Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Languages, 70(4), 165-76.


Leahy, C. (2019). Jerusalem and the Early Modern Invention of Spain. University of California at Davis.
Leahy, C. (2019). Jerusalemite Kingship: The Politics of Palestine in Early Modern Spain. Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association Conference.
Leahy, C. (2019). Doing 'Relevance': Medieval and Early Modern Perspectives. MLA Conference. Chicago.
Leahy, C. (2016). “Lope de Vega, Sacred Chorographer: The Rhetoric of enkomion poleos and the Sanctification of Madrid.” . Symposium: Lope de Vega and the Early Modern World. . Syracuse, NY: University of Syracuse. .
Leahy, C. (2015). Material Ironies: Numismatics, State Propaganda, and Ricote’s Coins (II, 54). Don Quixote in the American West: A Fourth-Centenary Celebration (1615–2015). Denver, CO and Laramie, WY: University of Wyoming.


  • Faculty Advisor of the Year, University of Denver
  • Junior Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, Villanova University