Patricia E. Enciso is a Professor of literacy, literature, and equity studies in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio USA. Her research focuses on middle-school youth and the ways they mobilize cultural repertoires, imagination, and the arts in the production and interpretation of their own and others’ storyworlds. Dr. Enciso has served as an executive and board member of the Literacy Research Association since 2011, as the National Conference on Research in Language and Literacies research director (2011–2015) and chair and board member of the NCTE Research Foundation (2002–2005). She is coauthor of Reframing Sociocultural Theory in Literacy Research: Identity, Agency, and Power (2007), coeditor of The Handbook of Research on Children’s and Young Adult Literature (2010), and coeditor of the (forthcoming) Handbook of Research on Reading: Volume V. Her most recent research is published in English Teaching: Practice and Critique (2016) and the Journal of Literacy Research (2017).
Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes is Associate Professor of American Culture, Romance Languages and Literatures, and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and the former director of the Latina/o Studies Program (2011-2016). He received his A.B. from Harvard (1991) and M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia (1999). He is author of Queer Ricans: Cultures and Sexualities in the Diaspora (2009), Uñas pintadas de azul/Blue Fingernails (2009), Abolición del pato (2013), and A Brief and Transformative Account of Queer History (2016). He co-edited an issue of CENTRO Journal on Puerto Rican Queer Sexualities (Spring 2007) and is currently writing on Puerto Rican transgender and drag performance and activism. He performs as Lola von Miramar since 2010.
Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs is a Professor in Modern Languages and Women and Gender Studies, and the Director for The Center for The Study of Justice in Society at Seattle University. She is a poet, critic, cultural worker and mother. She is the author/editor of eight books of poetry, criticism and culture, and multiple articles, encyclopedia entries, opinion pieces. She received her MA and PhD from Stanford University, and studied Masters degree work in Mexico, Spain, France, Portugal and Brazil. She is first editor of Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia, and Rebozos de Palabras: An Helena Maria Viramontes Reader, as well as Word Images: New Perspectives on Canícula and other works by Norma Elia Cantú. She also authored the forthcoming poetry collections: The Runaway Poems, (Finishing Line Press) and How Many Indians Can We Be? (Mango Press). She is the author of A Most Improbable Life and The Plastic Book. She has presented her work all over the world, multilingually, and specializes in expanding subjectivity. She is a Commissioner for the Arts for the state of Washington.
Louis Mendoza is Director of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies, where he is also a Professor of Latina/o literary and Cultural Studies. Louis received his Ph.D. in English with a concentration in Ethnic and Third World Literatures from the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include Chicana/o Literary and Cultural studies, U.S. immigration literature, prison literature, and oral histories. He is the author of A Journey Around Our America: A Memoir on Cycling, Immigration, and the Latinoization of the U.S., Conversations Across Our America: Talking About Immigration and the Latinoization of the U.S., and Historia: The Literary Making of Chicana and Chicano History, as well as the editor of raúlrsalinas and the Jail Machine: My Weapon is My Pen, and the co-editor of Crossing Into America: The New Literature of Immigration and Telling Tongues: A Latino Anthology on Language Experience. He is also the director of a short film based on his research entitled, A Journey Across Our America: Observations and Reflections on the Latinoization of the U.S. He is lead editor of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Latina/o Literature (forthcoming 2018) and he is compiling an (auto)biography of raúlrsalinas, a project he was collaborating with the poet on before his death in 2008.
Chon A. Noriega is a Professor in the UCLA Department of Film, Television, and Digital Media. He is also Director of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center and Adjunct Curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). He has published eighteen books on Chicano/Latino media, performance, and visual art. Noriega is co-founder of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP, established in 1999) and served two terms on the Board of Directors of the Independent Television Service (ITVS). He has helped recover and preserve independent films and video art, including the first Chicano-directed feature film, Please, Don’t Bury Me Alive! (1976), which was added to the National Film Registry in 2014. In addition to his work in media, Noriega has curated numerous art exhibitions, including: Phantom Sightings: Art After the Chicano Movement, L.A. Xicano (four concurrent exhibitions at three museums in 2011-12), and Home—So Different, So Appealing (2017-18) at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He is editor of A Ver: Revisioning Art History, an award-winning series on individual Latina/o artists, which now has ten books in print.
Mariana Ortega is Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department and Women’s, Gender, and Sexualities at Penn State University. Her main areas of research and interest are Women of Color Feminisms, in particular Latina Feminisms, 20th Continental Philosophy, Phenomenology (Heidegger), Philosophy of Race, and Aesthetics. Her research focuses on questions of self, identity, and sociality, as well as visual representations of race, gender, and sexuality. She is co-editor with Linda Martín-Alcoff of the anthology Constructing the Nation: A Race and Nationalism Reader (SUNY, 2009) and author of In-Between: Latina Feminist Phenomenology, Multiplicity, and the Self (SUNY, 2016). She is the founder and director of the Roundtable on Latina feminism, a forum dedicated to discussions of Latina and Latin American feminisms.
Rafael Pérez-Torres, a Professor of literatures in English at UCLA, has published numerous articles on Chicano/a literature and culture, postmodernism, multiculturalism, and contemporary American literature in such journals as Cultural Critique, American Literary History, Genre, Aztlán, and American Literature. He has authored three books: Movements in Chicano Poetry: Against Myths, Against Margins (Cambridge University Press); Mestizaje: Critical Uses of Race in Chicano Culture (University of Minnesota Press); and To Alcatraz, Death Row, and Back: Memories of an East L.A. Outlaw written with Ernest López (University of Texas Press). His most recent projects examine embodied racialized discourses in UNESCO World Heritage sites and the formation of historical memory and futurity in Chicanx culture.
Alvina Quintana received her Ph.D. from the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Her publications include the new Feminist Cyberspaces: Pedagogies in Transition, edited with Sharon Collingwood and Caroline J. Smith (Cambridge Scholars, 2012), Reading U.S. Latina Writers: Remapping American Literature (Palgrave/Macmillan Press, 2005), and Home Girls: Chicana Literary Voices (Temple University Press, 1996), as well as various articles on multicultural literature and cinema studies. Her research interests focus on feminist theory; sexuality and difference; new technologies, transnational gender studies with a particular emphasis on the intersections between U.S. Latino/as and Latin American cultural practices; multiculturalism in the U.S.A and abroad; the internationalization of American Studies. An active member of the American Studies Association, Quintana has served as Chair of the Women’s Committee, the Minority Scholar’s Committee, the 2006 Program Committee’s Chair in Chief, a member of the Nominating Committee, the International Women’s Task Force, Executive Committee and Council. She was also elected to serve a three-year term as the Modern Language Association’s delegate for Ethnic Studies.
Eliana S. Rivero was born in Cuba, and immigrated permanently to the U.S. in 1961. She received her B.A. magna cum laude in 1964 and her Ph.D. in 1968 from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida. She has done scholarly work and teaching in the area of Latin American and U.S. Latino literatures, especially poetry and women’s writings, for fifty years. Rivero is Professor Emerita in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She has authored and/or coedited six scholarly books, and has published over one hundred articles, chapters in books, review essays, notes, bibliographies, and collection entries, on topics ranging from Caribbean authors to Mexican colonial nuns. Since the early eighties she has been writing about the experience of Chicano/as, Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans and other U.S. Latino/as, and has published numerous scholarly pieces as well as autobiographical essays on these topics. Rivero has been invited to give keynote addresses and lectures in over fifty university campuses in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Spain, Cuba, and Chile, and has presented papers at over 75 national and international conferences. Her poems and autobiographical narratives are included in several anthologies in the US, Cuba, Argentina, and Spain. She is coeditor (with Tey Diana Rebolledo, Distinguished Professor at the University of New Mexico) of the best-seller Infinite Divisions: An Anthology of Chicana Literature (University of Arizona Press, 1995, now on its third printing), which has been featured as a “must read” item in Latina Magazine and is widely used in colleges and schools across the country. With the Chicana writer Margarita Cota Cárdenas, Rivero is also coeditor of Siete Poetas, a pioneer text of Latina women poets (published in 1978 with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts). She also coedited the award-winning Telling to Live: Latina Feminist Testimonios (Duke University Press, 2001), with the Latina Feminist Group collective. In 2005, her collection of essays Discursos desde la diáspora appeared in Spain. Rivero has received research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and The Rockefeller Foundation, among others.
Dr. Andrea Romero has a Ph.D. in Applied Social Psychology, and is Fitch Nesbitt Professor in Family Studies and Human Development at the University of Arizona. She has affiliated positions in Mexican American Studies, Gender & Women Studies, Latin American Studies, Psychology, and Public health. Dr. Romero has a strong interdisciplinary background in social psychology, Latino/a Psychology, family studies and human development. Dr. Romero has written two books on Latino adolescent health “Youth-Community Partnerships for Adolescent Alcohol Prevention” and “Preventing Adolescent Depression and Suicide Among Latinas”. Her research primarily examines social, cultural, and familial factors that are associated with adolescent health and development. A goal of her work is to improve the health of young people, and she has worked toward this goal in partnership with youth and community leaders. She uses a participatory action research methodological strategy in most of her work in order to center youth and community voices. Her current funded work by the Spencer Foundation is examining how perceptions of equality are associated with civic engagement among young adults.