Astrid Haas is a postdoctoral researcher in American Literary and Cultural Studies at Bielefeld University, Germany. She holds a Ph.D. in English and American Studies from the University of Münster, Germany. Her research interests include travel writing in the Americas, U.S.-American drama and autobiography, Ethnic Studies, Sport Cultures, and the visual arts and media. Her most recent publications are Stages of Agency: The Contributions of American Drama to the AIDS Discourse (Heidelberg, 2011), “Canon y Cálculo: Jaime Escalante, Richard Rodriguez y el debate educativo latino entre asimilación y multiculturalismo” in Forum for Inter-American Research 4.1 (2011) and “A Raisin in the East: African American Civil Rights Drama in GDR Scholarship and Theater Practice” in Germans and African Americans: Two Centuries of Exchange (Jackson, MS, 2011).
María Herrera-Sobek is Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Academic Policy, and holds a Professorship in Chicana/o Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She received her Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literature from UCLA. Past appointments include professorships and visiting professorships at the University of California at Irvine, Harvard University, and Stanford University. She has published over 150 articles and 16 books, including The Mexican Corrido: A Feminist Analysis (Bloomington, IN, 1990), Northward Bound: The Mexican Immigrant Experience in Ballad and Song (Bloomington, IN, 1993), and Chicano Folklore: A Handbook (Westport, CT, 2006). Herrera-Sobek is Associate Editor of the Norton Anthology of Latino Literature (New York, 2010) and is presently working on the Encyclopedia of Latino Folklore.
Norma Iglesias-Prieto is Professor and Chair of the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department at San Diego State University. She holds a M.A. in Communication from the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, and a Ph.D. in Communication Theory from the Universidad Complutense, Madrid. For more than 22 years she worked as a Researcher-Professor in the Department of Cultural Studies at the Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Tijuana. Among her publications are Entre yerba, polvo y plomo: Lo fronterizo visto por el cine mexicano (Tijuana, 1991), Medios de Comunicación en la Frontera Norte (Mexico City, 1990), La flor más bella de la maquiladora (Mexico City, 1985, English translation Austin, TX, 1997), Miradas de Mujer: Cineastas y videoastas mexicanas y chicanas (Tijuana, 1998), and Emergencias: Las Artes Visuales en Tijuana (Tijuana, 2008).
Guisela Latorre is Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at Ohio State University. She specializes in modern/contemporary Chicana/o, and Latin American art with an emphasis on gender and feminism. Her recent publications include Walls of Empowerment: Chicana/o Indigenist Murals of California (Austin, TX, 2008), “Chicana/o Artivism: Judy Baca’s Digital Work with Youth of Color,” with Chela Sandoval, in Learning Race and Ethnicity (Cambridge, MA, 2008), and “Rigoberta Menchú, Yemayá and Coyolxauhqui: Afro-Indigenous Aesthetics in Maestrapeace” in Critical Essays on Chicano Studies (Bern, 2007). In addition, she has curated and co-curated various exhibitions of Chicana artists such as Alma López, Maya González, Yreina Cervántez, and others.
Marietta Messmer is Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Her teaching and research interests focus on cultural and political projects of ethnic minorities within the United States (in particular Chicanas/os and Native Americans); theoretical debates on identity politics, integration, and minority rights; as well as Inter-American cultural relations. Her publications include Do the Americas Have a Common Literary History? (Frankfurt, 2002), Intercultural Negotiations in the Americas and Beyond, a special issue of Comparative Literature and Culture Web (coedited with Barbara Buchenau, 2001), and Negotiations of America’s National Identity (Tübingen, 2000). She also serves as managing editor of the series Interamericana: Inter-American Literary History and Culture, published by Peter Lang Verlag.
Josef Raab holds the chair in American Studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and did his post-doctoral Habilitation at the Catholic University of Eichstätt, Germany. Josef Raab’s research interests include the whole range of American literature, with emphases on nineteenth- and twentieth-century writers as well as on Mexican-American literature. He has also written on José Martí, Jorge Luis Borges, U.S. television, and film. In addition, he has edited or co-edited six books. His monograph entitled The Borderlands of Identity in Mexican-American Literature and Culture is forthcoming in 2012. Together with Sebastian Thies, Raab is general editor of the book series Inter-American Studies, published by Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier.