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Contributors Karina A. Bautista is a Latin Americanist with an M.A. from Syracuse University and a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She teaches language and literature in the Department of Romance Languages at Wake Forest University. Her research centers on Caribbean and Latino literature. In these two areas of study, she examines the interrelationship between politics of identity and citizenship , issues of postcolonial theory in the literary text, and processes of diasporization and transnationalism of the Dominican community. Currently, she is studying the representation of the Haitian diaspora in Dominican society and letters. Katie Daily-Bruckner is a Ph.D. candidate and instructor at Boston College. After a career in motion picture development, Daily-Bruckner returned to academia with an interdisciplinary point of view that she incorporates into both her research and teaching. She holds a B.A. in English and comparative literature from Columbia University and an M.A. in English from Boston College. Daily-Bruckner’s research focuses on the role of Caribbean and American literature and cultural spaces, specifically as they relate to questions of individual, racial, ethnic, and national identity formation in the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. Her current project focuses on twenty-firstcentury emigrant novels and the American city. Sara Gerend is an assistant professor of English at Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois. A graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara (M.A./Ph.D.), Gerend’s research interests include modernism, British and American twentieth-century literature and culture, and gender studies. She has published essays on texts by Virginia Woolf, William Faulkner, Elizabeth Bowen, and Edna O’Brien and presented 235 236 Contributors papers on works by E. M. Forster, Mike Leigh, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Jessica Hagedorn. At Aurora University, she teaches British and American literature and interdisciplinary studies. She also works in her local community tutoring at the Dominican Literacy Center, which provides women-centered one-on-one tutoring to immigrants who want to learn to read, write, and speak in English. Rebecca L. Harrison is an assistant professor at the University of West Georgia, where she teaches courses in the modern Southern female aesthetic, American literature, captivity genre, and secondary education for English/language arts. A women’s literature and theory specialist, Harrison serves as a reviewer for a/b: Autobiography Studies and has published on women writers such as Mary Dorcey and Beatrice Witte Ravenel. Her most recent piece, “White Woman, Indian Chief: Beatrice Ravenel and the Poetic Consciousness of Captivity,” appeared in the Mississippi Quarterly. Her work on captivity paradigms in the Southern female imaginary has garnered numerous grants, including a prestigious Southern Historical Collection Fellowship at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Emily Hipchen is a Fulbright scholar, an NEH grantee, and the editor of Adoption & Culture, as well as co-editor, since 1999, of a/b: Autobiography Studies. She publishes essays in autobiography studies (with a subspecialty in adoption life writing) and is the author of a memoir, Coming Apart Together: Fragments from an Adoption (2005). Her creative writing has won awards and been published widely. She prepares editing interns and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in autobiography, the literature of adoption, and creative nonfiction as an associate professor at the University of West Georgia. Susana S. Martínez received her Ph.D. from Yale University. An associate professor in the Department of Modern Languages at DePaul University in Chicago, Martínez teaches all levels of Spanish and coordinates basic- and intermediate-level Spanish languages courses. She has led a service-learning trip to El Salvador and co-lead a study abroad program to Peru. Her articles on contemporary Latin American literature and film and U.S. Latino/a fiction and popular culture have appeared in Ciberletras: Journal of Literary Criticism and Culture ; Brújula: Revista interdisciplinaria sobre studios latino americanos; 237 Contributors Meridians; Studies in Latin American Popular Culture, and the Journal of Interdisciplinary Feminist Thought. She is currently researching the representation of Latin American political violence in young adult novels published in the United States. Lisa Ortiz-Vilarelle is a twentieth-century Americanist who specializes in life writing and narratives of exile and immigration. A graduate of Wayne State University (Ph.D.), she teaches multiethnic American and Latin American women’s literature in English at the College of New Jersey. Her current book-length project is on women’s autobiographical literature of twentieth-century Latin American dictatorships. She has published widely on Caribbean and Latina writers, including...


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