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Richard Perez is an Assistant Professor of English at John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York where he teaches courses on U.S. Latino/a, Caribbean, and Postcolonial literatures.  He is currently at work on a book entitled Towards a Negative Aesthetics: U.S. Latino/a Fiction and the Remaking of American Literature, which explores the use of the Negative in U.S. Latino/a aesthetic formations.  In support of his manuscript, Professor Perez was awarded the Andrew Mellon Foundation Fellowship.  His manuscript also garnered the City University of New York Faculty Fellowship Publication Program and two PSC-CUNY Grants. Professor Perez is the co-editor of two critical anthologies published by Palgrave Macmillan, Moments of Magical Realism in U.S. Ethnic Literatures (2012) and Contemporary U.S. Latino/a Criticism (2007), the latter part of Palgrave’s series on American Literature Readings of the 21st Century. He is the co-creator and co-Director of John Jay College’s forthcoming minor in U.S. Latino/a Literature.

Belinda Linn Rincón is an Assistant Professor of English and Latin American and Latina/o Studies at John Jay College.  Before coming to John Jay College, she was an Assistant Professor of ethnic American literature at Willamette University in Oregon. Her teaching and research interests include Latina/o literature and film, U.S. ethnic literature, feminist and gender studies, and war studies.  She specializes in Chicana/o literary and cultural studies.  Professor Rincón is currently completing a manuscript entitled Bodies at War: Genealogies of War and Militarism in Chicana Literature that examines Chicana writers and activists whose work critically engages with the histories of war and the militarization of culture and gender.  In 2009, the National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies awarded her the Frederick Cervantes Graduate Essay Award for an essay on the military recruitment of Latina/o youth excerpted from her manuscript.  She is the recipient of fellowships from the City University of New York’s Faculty Fellowship Publication Program and the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education. Professor Rincón has published chapters and an article in The Routledge Companion to Latina/o Literature, Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage (vol. VIII), and the Latino Studies journal.  She has forthcoming chapters on the Spanish-Cuban-American War of 1898 and the browning of the U.S. armed forces.  Her second project will examine literary and cultural responses from diverse Latina/o communities to the War on Terror. She is the co-founder and Co-Director of John Jay College’s new minor program in U.S. Latina/o Literature.