Jenni Lehtinen

School of Sciences and Humanities, Languages, Linguistics and Literatures
Assistant Professor
Dr. Jenni Lehtinen is Assistant Professor of Languages, Linguistics, and Literatures in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Nazarbayev University.
Dr. Lehtinen obtained her doctorate in Latin American Literature from Wolfson College, University of Oxford in 2011. She also has a Master of Studies degree in European Literature from Wadham College, University of Oxford and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and History from Queen Mary, University of London. Before joining NU she lectured at the University of Oxford and  the University of Exeter.
Although born in Finland, Dr. Lehtinen has spent most of her life in Spain and the United Kingdom. She speaks English, Spanish, Swedish, and Finnish. Altogether, Dr. Lehtinen considers herself as a citizen of the world rather than as a representative of any specific country.

Dr. Lehtinen is passionate about all things Latin American and Caribbean and hopes to introduce her NU students to the fascinating and heterogeneous culture of that part of the world. Since joining NU,  Dr. Lehtinen has completed a monograph which explores how  Gallegos’s seminal novel Doña Bárbara (1929) lives on in the collective imagination of Latin Americans as a result of numerous film and telenovela adaptations. The project considers how the national concerns of early twentieth-century Venezuela speak to Latin American audiences generally, transcending time and place. 

Dr. Lehtinen is particularly interested in the ‘after-life’ of canonical literary works in the era of visual cultures. Her research engages with theories of postcolonialism, nationhood, gender, and viewer response theory. She was  awarded in 2017 a MA in Screen Studies by the Birmingham City University, and she has recently published on topics relating to fandom studies and Latino culture.