Ellen W. Sapega

Credentials: Department Chair

Position title: Professor

Email: ewsapega@wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 262-3621

1048 Van Hise Hall

headshot: Ellen Sapega

Spring 2023 Office Hours

In-Person or Remote
noon-2:00pm Thursdays or by appointment


Ellen W. Sapega currently serves as the Faculty Director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Institute for Regional and International Studies. Her publications include articles and book chapters on Portuguese modernism, memory, visual culture and commemoration since the late 19th century, Cape Verdean literature, and the contemporary Portuguese novel. She is currently working on a book on visual and literary representations of Lisbon, Portugal, during the late 20th and early 21st centuries.


PhD, Vanderbilt University

Selected Publications

“Mining Memory’s Archive: Two Recent Portuguese Documentaries about the Second World War.” Transnational Portuguese Studies. Eds. Hilary Owen and Claire Williams. Liverpool: U Liverpool Press. (in press)

“Almada en la ciudad: ¿encargo u obra?” Dearq. Revista de arquitectura, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia. 21 (2017). 32-43.

“World War I and the Arts: The ‘Geração de Orpheu’ and the Emergence of a Cosmopolitan Avant-Garde.” E-journal of Portuguese History, 15.1 (2017). 15-34.

“Camões e Pessoa: Dois prémios pós-imperiais?” O Poder das Narrativas, as Narrativas do Poder. Orgs. Ana Gabriela Macedo, Elena Brugioni and Joana Passos. Porto: Edições Afrontamento, 2016. 25-30.

“‘Não posso viver sem sol’: O regresso de Amadeo de Sousa Cardoso à Pátria. 1915. O ano de “Orpheu.” Ed. Steffen Dix. Lisboa: Tinta da China, 2015. 421-430.

“Portugal.”  The Cambridge Companion to European Modernism.  Ed. Pericles Lewis. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2011.  139-150.

“Remembering Empire / Forgetting the Colonies: Accretions of Memory and the Limits of Commemoration in a Lisbon Neighborhood.” History and Memory, 20.2 (Fall/Winter 2008) 18-38.

Consensus and Debate in Salazar’s Portugal: Visual and Literary Negotiations of the National Text, 1933-1948. University Park: Penn State UP, 2008.