A native of Revere, Massachusetts, Barbara received her Ph.D. in Latin American history from Princeton University in 1997. Her research and writing has been in the field of 19th-century Mexico and in particular on the shape and meanings of citizenship in the early republic. After working for seven years at Amherst College, Barbara relocated to the Boston area where she has been teaching for the past 20 years. She has taught courses on all areas of Latin American history and culture, as well as on Spanish culture and literature. She is an experienced academic translator with numerous publications in scholarly volumes. She is also on the editorial staff of the Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana, a leading journal in the field of Latin American literature and cultural studies.
Jennifer Cullen has a PhD in Modern Japanese Literature from UCLA and is the author of “A Comparative Study of Tenko: Sata Ineko and Miyamoto Yuriko” (2010), “A Blank Page: The Canonization of Higuchi Ichiyo” (2015), and Writing Purity: The Rise of Virginity as a Literary Concern in Modern Japan (2015). She is currently an adjunct professor of Japanese Popular Culture and Film at Northeastern University.
Professor of African American Studies