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Ana Patricia Rodríguez
President

Biographical Statement:

Ana Patricia Rodríguez is Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and U.S. Latina/o Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she teaches courses in Latin American, Central American, and U.S. Latina/o literatures and cultures. She is Community Engagement Coordinator for the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures and serves on the Boards of the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), the Smithsonian Latino Gallery, and Washington History, among others. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research interests include Central American and U.S. Latina/o literatures and cultures; Central American cultural production in the U.S.; transnational migration and cultural production; diaspora studies; violence and postwar/trauma studies; gender studies; U.S. Latina/o popular culture; community-based research; and Latina/o education (K-16). Professor Rodríguez has published numerous articles on the cultural production of Latinas/os in the United States and Central Americans in the isthmus and in the wider Central American diaspora. Her books include De la hamaca al trono y al más allá: Lecturas críticas de la obra de Manlio Argueta (with Linda J. Craft and Astvaldur Astvaldsson; San Salvador: Universidad Tecnológica, 2013) and Dividing the Isthmus: Central American Transnational Histories, Literatures, and Cultures (University of Texas Press, 2009).

Marissa K. López
Vice President

Biographical Statement:

Marissa López is Associate Professor of English and Chicana/o Studies at UCLA. She studies Chicana/o literature from the 19th century to the present with an emphasis on 19th centuryMexican California.Her first book, Chicano Nations (NYU 2011), is about nationalism and Chicano literature from the early-1800s to post-9/11. She is currently at work on Racial Immanence, a monograph about uses of the body and affect in Chicano cultural production. Professor López is a past Associate Director of UCLA’s Chicano Studies Research Center, past chair of UCLA’s Committee on Diversity and Equal Opportunity, and past chair of both the Modern Language Association’s Executive Committee on Chicana/o Literature and its Committee on the Literature of People of Color of the US and Canada. She also sits currently on the MLA's prize committee for the best book in Chicana/o and Latina/o Literary and Cultural Studies.

Dolores Inés Casillas
Treasurer

Biographical Statement:

Dolores Inés Casillas is Associate Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies and a Faculty Affiliate of Film & Media Studies and Applied Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research focuses on U.S. Spanish-language Media; Radio & Sound Practices; Accent Studies, and Language Learning Technologies. She is the author of Sounds of Belonging: U.S. Spanish-language Radio and Public Advocacy (NYU Press, 2014), which received two book prizes and co-editor with Maria Elena Cepeda (Williams College) of the Companion to Latina/o Media Studies (Routledge Press, 2016). Her current book project traces the racial politics of language learning within specific media technologies such as cassette tapes, Inglés Sin Barreras and Rosetta Stone to smartphone apps. She was on the planning committee for the Latina/o Studies Conference in Pasadena, California. She is also a Board Member of Adelante Dual-Immersion School, a Spanish-English immersion K-6 elementary school.

Ylce Irizarry
Secretary

Biographical Statement:

Ylce Irizarry is Associate Professor of English at the University of South Florida. Her research specializations include Chicana/o, Latina/o, and Hispanic Caribbean Literatures, Testimonio, and Visual Rhetorics. Recent publications include “ ‘Where I Find Poetry and Tension’: An Interview with Daniel José Older” (Symbiosis, 2017) and her monograph Chicana/o and Latina/o Fiction: The New Memory of Latinidad (U of Illinois P, 2016). Her work appears in the collections Junot Díaz and the Decolonial Imagination (Duke UP, 2016) and Hispanic Caribbean Literatures of Migration: Narratives of Displacement (Palgrave, 2011), as well as journals including Centro: The Journal for the Center for Puerto Rican Studies (2015); Antípodas (2009), Contemporary Literature (2007), and Comparative American Studies (2006). She has been the recipient of a Jerome Krivanek Distinguished Teaching Award (2017); a Hispanic Heritage Pathways Award for Excellence in Research (2013), a McKnight Faculty Development Research Fellowship (2010-2011).

 

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