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Ramón Saldívar, professor of English and Comparative Literature and the Hoagland Family Professor of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University, was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama in 2011. In March 2013 President Obama appointed him to a six-year term on the National Council on the Humanities. He is Bass University Fellow in Undergraduate Studies, and has served as Chair of the Department of English and the Department of Comparative Literature at Stanford University. Currently the Burke Family Director of the Bing Overseas Studies Program at Stanford, he has also served as the Director of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity. His teaching and research focus on the areas of literary criticism and literary theory, the history of the novel, 19th and early 20th century literary studies, cultural studies, globalization and issues concerning transnationalism, and Chicano and Chicana studies.

Professor Saldívar has served on the editorial boards of Stanford University Press and the scholarly journals, American Literature, Aztlán, and Modern Fiction Studies. His articles have appeared in Modern Language Notes (MLN), English Literary History (ELH), Comparative Literature, Diacritics, Studies in the Novel, Narrative, American Literary History, The South Atlantic Quarterly, Modern Fiction Studies, and other major journals. He is author of three books, including Figural Language in the Novel: The Flowers of Speech from Cervantes to Joyce (1984), a study of the authority of meaning in the novel, Chicano Narrative: The Dialectics of Difference (1990), a history of the development of Chicano narrative forms, and most recently a new book, entitled The Borderlands of Culture: Américo Paredes and the Transnational Imaginary (Duke University Press, 2006). He is currently at work on two new book projects, Race, Narrative Theory and Contemporary American Fiction and Américo Paredes and the Post-war Writings from Asia.

Professor Saldívar is a recipient of the Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for Distinctive Contributions to Undergraduate Education and the Lillian and Thomas B. Rhodes Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. He served as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Stanford University from 1994-99.

Mary Pat Brady is the author of Extinct Lands, Temporal Geographies: Chicana Literature and the Urgency of Space (Duke University Press, 2002), which was awarded the Modern Language Association’s Prize for the Best Work of Latina/o and Chicana/o Literary and Cultural Criticism. She is also an associate editor of the sixth edition of the Heath Anthology of American Literature (Cengage 2008-2009). An earlier essay, “The Contrapuntal Geographies of Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories” (published in American Literature in 1999) won the Norman Foerster Prize for the best essay published in that journal for 1999. She has also taught at Indiana University, UC Santa Barbara, and UCLA; she has also served as the Director of Cornell’s Latina/o Studies Program. She is currently working on a project that examines the relationship between neoliberalism and Latina/o literatures and cultures.

Frances Negrón-Muntaner is a filmmaker, writer, and scholar. Among her books are: Boricua Pop: Puerto Ricans and the Latinization of American Culture (CHOICE Award, 2004), and Sovereign Acts (forthcoming). Her films include AIDS in the Barrio (Gold Award at the John Muir Film Festival, 1989), Brincando el charco: Portrait of a Puerto Rican (Whitney Biennial, 1995), and the upcoming War in Guam and The Bigness of Small. In 2005, she was named as one of the most influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business Magazine and in 2008, the United Nations' Rapid Response Media Mechanism recognized her as a global expert in the areas of mass media and Latin/o American studies. In 2012, she received Columbia University's “Most Distinguished Faculty Award.” She is the director of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race and co-founder of the Latino Arts and Activism Archive at Columbia University.

José Esteban Muñoz is Professor of Performance Studies at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. His books include Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics (University of Minnesota Press, 1999), Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity(NYU Press: 2009) and the forthcoming Sense of Brown (Duke University Press). In addition, Muñoz has co-edited Pop Out: Queer Warhol (Duke University Press, 1996) with Jennifer Doyle and Jonathan Flatley and Everynight Life: Culture and Dance in Latin/o America (Duke University Press, 1997) with Celeste Fraser Delgado,  and special issues of the journals of Social Text (“Queer Transextions of Race, Gender, Nation" 1997 and “What’s Queer About Queer About Queer Studies Now,” 2005) and Women and Performance (“Queer Acts,” 1996 and “Between Psychoanalysis and Affect: A Public Feelings Project, 2009”). He co-edits the book series Sexual Cultures for NYU Press.

Silvio Torres-Saillant, Professor in the English Department, formerly headed the Latino-Latin American Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences. He co-founded La Casita Cultural Center, an organization opened in the Near West Side of the City of Syracuse with the mission to create bridges of communication, collaboration, and exchange linking Syracuse University with the Latino population of the city and promoting the Hispanic heritages of Central New York. Professor Torres-Saillant came to Syracuse after having founded the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute, a prestigious interdisciplinary research unit located in the City College of New York. He had his first full-time faculty position in the English Department of Hostos Community College, CUNY, and has held visiting appointments at Amherst College, Harvard University, the University of Cartagena, and the San Andrés campus of Colombia’s Universidad Nacional. A member of the Editorial Board of the University of Houston’s Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage Project, he serves as Associate Editor of Latino Studies (Palgrave) and has edited the New World Studies Series for the University of Virginia Press. His books include The Dominican Americans (co-authored with Ramona Hernandez), Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage, Vol. 4 (co-edited with Jose Aranda), and An Intellectual History of the Caribbean.

Helena María Viramontes is the author of The Moths and Other Stories (1985) and Under the Feet of Jesus (1995), a novel.  Her most recent novel, Their Dogs Came with Them, (2007), focuses on the dispossessed, the working poor, the homeless, and the undocumented of East Los Angeles, where Viramontes was born and raised.  Her work strives to recreate the visceral sense of a world virtually unknown to mainstream letters and to transform readers through relentlessly compassionate storytelling.  In the 1980s, Viramontes became co-coordinator of the Los Angeles Latino Writers Association and literary editor of XhistmeArte Magazine.  Later in the decade, Viramontes helped found Southern California Latino Writers and Filmmakers. In collaboration with feminist scholar Maria Herrera Sobek, Viramontes organized three major conferences at UC-Irvine, resulting in two anthologies: Chicana Creativity and Criticism: Charting New Frontiers in American Literature (1988) and Chicana Writes: On Word and Film (1993). Named a USA Ford Fellow in Literature for 2007 by United States Artists, she has also received the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature, a Sundance Institute Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and the Luis Leal Award. A teacher and mentor to countless young writers, Viramontes is currently Professor of Creative Writing in the Department of English at Cornell University.

Before his first publication Ernesto Quiñonez was hailed by the Village Voice as a “writer on the verge”.  With the publication of Bodega Dreams (Vintage), the New York Times heralded the novel as a “New Immigrant Classic”. It has now became a landmark in contemporary literature, as it is required reading in many high schools and colleges around the country.  Currently he is an Associate Professor at Cornell University’s MFA program.