is Associate Professor in the Department of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. She earned a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Davis with a Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory. Her teaching and research areas include U.S. Latino/a literature, language, culture and society, and Latinos and education.
She is an Associate Investigator on the City University of New York - New York State Initiative on Emergent Bilinguals, a project of the Ph.D. program in Urban Education and the Research Institute for the Study of Language in Urban Society at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is also on the board of the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage project at the University of Houston. Vanessa is author of Becoming Julia de Burgos: The Making of a Puerto Rican Icon (University of Illinois Press 2014) and the editor of Hispanic Caribbean Literature of Migration: Narratives of Displacement (Palgrave 2010).
Becoming Julia de Burgos: The Making of a Puerto Rican Icon
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