Miguel León-Portilla

Miguel León Portilla is an anthropologist, historian, and the world’s foremost authority on Náhuatl philology and philosophy.  He has spearheaded an entire scholarly discipline to evaluate and understand Náhuatl literature and thought, extending from pre-Columbian times to the 1.5 million speakers of Náhuatl today. He has been a professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) School of Philosophy and Letters since 1957, as well as the Director of the Historical Research Institute, member of the governing board of UNAM. Currently, he is the Emeritus Researcher of the Historical Research Institute at UNAM.  Among his books:  La filosofía náhuatl; Visión de los vencidos, translated into fifteen languages; Toltecáyotl; Literaturas indígenas de México; and Tonantzin Guadalupe.   Some of the awards he has received include the Elías Sourasky Award, the National Award of Mexico for Social Sciences, History and Philosophy; the National University Award; the Belisario Domínguez Medal; the Menéndez Pelayo Award.  He holds an MA with distinction from Loyola University in Los Angeles and a PhD from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).