Enrique R. Lamadrid is a Distinguished UNM Professor Emeritus of Spanish. His research interests include ethnopoetics, folklore and music, Chicano Literature, bioregionalism, and cultural cartography. Lamadrid edits the award winning Querencias Series at UNM Press. Querencia is a popular term in the Spanish-speaking world used to express love of place and people. This series promotes a transnational, humanistic, and creative vision of the U.S.‐Mexico borderlands, based on all aspects of expressive culture, both material and intangible.
In 2019, he was awarded the Premio Nacional "Enrique Anderson Imbert" de la Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española in recognition of his advocacy for the Spanish language and traditions of Nuevo México. In 2019, he also received the John D. Robb Award for Excellence in Music of the Southwest in recognition of his dedication to music education and scholarship. Lamadrid was awarded the prestigious Chicago Folklore Prize for his 2003 ethnography Hermanitos Comanchitos: Indo-Hispano Rituals of Captivity and Redemption and the American Folklore Society's Américo Paredes Prize for his cultural activism and curatorial projects. He worked on exhibits with the Museum of New Mexico and Smithsonian, and is a longtime collaborator and fellow of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
An avid river runner, Professor Lamadrid is known for cooking a savory campfire paella.