Magdalena Maiz-Peña, professor of Hispanic Studies and Latin American Studies at Davidson College, specializes in twentieth and twenty one century Latin American Women Writers, life-writing and the politics of representation, and contemporary Latin American literary and cultural narratives. Her teaching interests include Latin American human rights narratives in conversational courses, introduction to Hispanic literatures and cultures, contemporary Latin American literatures, and the Latin American city and its historical and cultural representation. She received a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from Arizona State University. She has contributed to numerous scholarly publications, authored Identidad, nación y gesto autobiográfico, and co-edited Modalidades de representación del sujeto auto/biográfico femenino. Her recent publications have appeared in Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and the U.S. Maiz-Peña was the recipient of a Boswell Faculty Fellowship to work on a book project on Urban Spaces, Gender, and Cultural Production in Mexico 1920-1950, and has co-edited a volume of selected critical works of the Mexican writer Elena Poniatowska to be published in Mexico.