Belinda Linn Rincón is an Assistant Professor of Latin American and Latina/o Studies and English at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and is the co-founder and co-Director of the U.S. Latina/o Literature Minor Program.  She earned her BA in English and Women’s Studies from Vassar College, her MA in English from Boston College, and her Ph.D. in English from Cornell University. 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 and Culture that examines Chicana writers and activists whose work critically engages with the histories of war and the militarization of culture and gender.  She is the recipient of the Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship as well as fellowships from the American Association of University Women, The Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at the CUNY Graduate Center, 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 in The Routledge Companion to Latina/o Literature and Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage (vol. VIII).  Her articles appear in Women’s Studies Quarterly and Latino Studies.  She is the co-founder and co-organizer of the Biennial U.S. Latina/o Literary Theory and Criticism Conference.

Richard Perezis an Associate 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 the co-creator and co-director of John Jay College’s minor in U.S. Latino/a Literature.  Professor Perez is the co-editor of two critical anthologies published by Palgrave Macmillan.  His first edited book, Contemporary U.S. Latino/a Criticism (2007), evaluates the state of U.S. Latino/a literary studies and projects an interdisciplinary vision of that study for the 21st Century.  This book was part of Palgrave’s series on American Literature Readings of the 21st Century.  His second edited anthology, Moments of Magical Realism in U.S. Ethnic Literatures (2012), points to a subtle shift away from privileging magical realism as a monolithic category in the literature of the Americas and focuses this critical approach on writers of color who deploy magical realist moments to refer to traumatic or suppressed histories.  His book project entitled Towards a Negative Aesthetics: U.S. Latino/a Fiction and the Remaking of American Literature, explores the use of the negative in U.S. Latino/a aesthetic formations.  In support of his book manuscript, Professor Perez was awarded the Andrew Mellon Foundation Fellowship.  His manuscript also garnered the City University of New York Faculty Publication Program Fellowship and two PSC-CUNY Grants.  In addition, John Jay College awarded Professor Perez with the Scholarly Mentorship Award in 2012 and the Distinguished Teaching Award in 2013.  In Spring 2014 his article entitled “The Debt of Memory: Reparations, Imagination, and History in Toni Morrison’s Beloved” was published in Women Studies Quarterly.  His work has also appeared in the Centro Journal for Puerto Rican Studies, Latino Studies Journal, and MELUS Journal.  He is the co-founder and co-organizer of the Biennial U.S. Latina/o Literary Theory and Criticism Conference.