Jerry CarlsonJerry W. Carlson (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is Director of the Cinema Studies Program in the Department of Media & Communication Arts at  City College and a member of the doctoral faculties of French, Film Studies, and Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center, CUNY. He is a specialist in narrative theory, global independent film, and the cinemas of the Americas. He is an active producer, director, and writer. An Emmy award winning Senior Producer for City University Television (CUNY-TV), he created and produces the series City Cinematheque about film history, Canape about French-American cultural relations, and Nueva York (in Spanish) about the Latino cultures of New York City.

Raquel Chang-RodríguezRaquel Chang-Rodríguez (Ph.D., New York University), is Distinguished Professor of Hispanic literature and culture at the Graduate Center and the City College, CUNY. Among her books and editions are: Literaturas orales y primeros textos coloniales (2017); Voces de Hispanoamérica. Antología literaria (4th ed. 2012); “Aquí, ninfas del sur, venid ligeras.” Voces poéticas virreinales (2008); Entre la espada y la pluma. El Inca Garcilaso y sus “Comentarios reales” (2011) which features her conversation with Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa; La palabra y la pluma en ‘Primer nueva crónica y buen gobierno’ (2005). Chang-Rodríguez is the founding editor of the prize-winning journal Colonial Latin American Review. She is Honorary Associate of the Hispanic Society of America, Profesora Honoraria of the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima, and Miembro Correspondiente of the Peruvian Academy of the Language.

Mario González-Corzo (Ph.D., Rutgers University) is associate professor at the Department of Economics at Lehman College, CUNY, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in economics and finance. He is also an adjunct professor at Columbia University. His research and areas of specialization include Cuba’s post-Soviet economic transformations, the role of remittances in the Cuban economy, and Cuba’s banking and agricultural sectors. Dr. González-Corzo is a contributing editor for the section on Cuban political economy and economics of the Handbook of Latin American Studies (HLAS) published by the Library of Congress. He is also a research associate at the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at the University of Miami (FL).

Ana María HernándezAna María Hernández (Ph.D., New York University) is Professor of Latin American Literature and Culture at LaGuardia Community College, CUNY. She coordinates the Latin American Studies and Spanish translation programs at LaGuardia. Her recent publications include an annotated edition of Fantoches 1926: Folletín Moderno por Once Escritores Cubanos (Stockcero, 2011), and an edition of Cirilo Villaverde’s novel Cecilia Valdés o La Loma del Angel (Stockcero, 2013). She received a Focus Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2003 to explore the “African Roots of Latin Music.” Hernández is a member of the International Association of Scholars of the Fantastic and has been part of the reviewing staff of World Literature Today since 1977.

Carlos Riobó (Ph.D., Yale University) is Professor of Latin American Literatures and Cultures, at the Graduate Center and of Comparative Literature at City College, CUNY.  He is Chair of the Department of Classical and Modern Languages & Literatures at City College and an Editorial Board member of Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas. His research interests include nineteenth and twentieth-century Cuban and Argentine literature and cultures. Some of his publications include: Caught between the Lines: Captives, Frontiers, and National Identity in Argentine Literature and Art (University of Nebraska Press, 2019)   Sub-versions of the Archive: Manuel Puig’s and Severo Sarduy’s Alternative Identities (Bucknell University Press, 2011); Cuban Intersection of Literary and Urban Spaces (SUNY Press, 2011); and Handbook of Contemporary Cuba: Economy, Politics, Civil Society, and Globalization, with Mauricio Font (Paradigm Press, 2013).

Raúl RubioRaúl Rubio is Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies and Chair of Foreign Languages at The New School. Trained as a Hispanist and cultural studies scholar, Rubio is widely known for his research on Cuban visual and material cultures. He has published a wide-range of studies on comparative literature, film, graphic and decorative arts. Rubio’s research is grounded in the emerging interdisciplinary field of material culture, which examines a wide-range of artifacts, from cultural commodities to the museum archive. Rubio earned a doctorate in Latin American Literature and Cultural Studies from Tulane University in New Orleans. He is a graduate of Middlebury College of Vermont, where he completed a master’s degree in Spanish at Middlebury’s School in Madrid. He completed his undergraduate degree at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida. Rubio is a Cuba Project Fellow of the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York.  He completed a four-year term (2010-2014) on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Ethnic Studies and was a member of the 2012 jury committee of the prestigious Lora Romero Prize of the American Studies Association.

Professor Rubio’s numerous publications include: his monograph La Habana: cartografías culturales (Aduana Vieja, 2013) which examines the worldwide fascination with Cuba and things Cuban during the last century, particularly envisioning how the city of Havana, is more than a scenic backdrop, having become the nation’s most visible protagonist and its foremost player.  He has authored chapters which have appeared in books, including: the Handbook on Cuban History, Literature, and the Arts – Volume II (Paradigm, 2014); Un Pueblo Disperso: Dimensiones Sociales y Culturales de la Diáspora Cubana (Aduana Vieja, 2014); Living with Class:  Philosophical Reflections on Identity and Material Culture (Palgrave, 2013); Narratología y discursos múltiples (Dunken, 2013); and Cuba: ‘Idea of a Nation’ Displaced (SUNY Press, 2007).

Professor Rubio’s scholarship has also appeared in academic journals, his articles include: Studies in Latin American Popular Culture (U. of Texas Press), Letras Hispanas (Texas State University), CiberLetras (Lehman College), Espéculo: revista de estudios literarios (Universidad Complutense of Madrid, Spain), Caribe: revista de literatura y cultura (Marquette University), and Chasqui: revista de literatura latinoamericana (Arizona State University).

Julie SkurskiJulie Skurski (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is Distinguished Lecturer in Anthropology at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her interests lie in the subjects of historical anthropology, race, gender, postcolonialism,popular religion, and Latin American, Caribbean, and Atlantic studies. Her books include States of Violence (University of Michigan Press, 2009), coedited with Fernando Coronil and Anthrohistory: The Question of Discipline, co-edited (2011). She is now at work on Civilizing Barbarism: Nationhood, Masculinity, and Mestizaje in Early Twentieth-Century Venezuela. Related to this project, she is conducting research on the relationship between secular and esoteric formations of national and collective identity, focusing on Freemasonry and popular religiosity in Venezuela and Cuba. She has also been working on the artistic work and political vision of several popular painters in Venezuela.

Araceli TinajeroAraceli Tinajero (Ph.D., Rutgers University) is Professor of Spanish at the Graduate Center and City College of New York, CUNY. Her research interests include: Literary and intellectual history; Orientalisms; transpacific studies; Mexican, Caribbean and Latino literatures in comparative perspective; and transatlantic studies.  She is the author of Kokoro, una mexicana en Japón (Verbum, 2012); El lector de tabaquería (University of Texas Press, 2010); and Orientalismo en el modernismo hispanoamericano (Purdue University Press, 2004).