Magdalena Maiz-Peña Selected as Humanities Council Trustee

Magdalena Maiz-Peña Selected as Humanities Council Trustee

The North Carolina Humanities Council is pleased to announce the selection of Magdalena Maiz-Peña as a new trustee. Maiz-Peña is the William H. Williamson Professor of Spanish at Davidson College, where she chairs the Spanish department. The college honored her with the Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award in 1995. She received the ODK Outstanding Teaching Award in 1997 and the Hunter-Hamilton Love of Teaching Award in 2006. In 2007 she was recognized for her work in the Latino Community with the Latin American Coalition Award.

A contributor to numerous scholarly journals, Maiz-Peña is the author of Identity, Nation, and Auto/biographical Frameworks and co-editor of the anthology Representational Textualities: The Female Auto/biographical Subject. She is presently writing a new book, Urban Spaces, Gender, and Cultural Production in Mexico 1920-1950, and is co-editing the Selected Critical Works of Elena Poniatowska. Maiz-Peña served as guest editor, contributor, and editorial board member to the Journal of Chicana/Latinas for Literature and Social Change. Since 2005 she has been on the editorial board of Pórtico.

Maiz-Peña’s community service and professional leadership are extensive. She sits on the board of trustees of the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenberg County and is a member of the Arts and Science Council (Lake Norman Regional Board) and the Latin American Women’s Association, where she serves on the merit scholarship committee. She has been both president and vice-president of the Women’s Caucus of the Modern Language Association and has served on its Committee for the Status of Women in the Profession. From 1998-2000 Maiz-Peña was president of the Asociacaón Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica and its vice-president from 1996-1998. She has participated in the North Carolina Humanities Council’s Teachers Institute and Road Scholars programs.

Maiz-Peña received a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Spanish from Arizona State University. She studied also in Mexico at the University of Monterrey and in France at the University of Sorbonne. She joins a twenty-three member board chaired by Townsend Ludington and vice-chaired by Hephzibah Roskelly.