Anita Huizar-Hernández is an Assistant Professor of Border Studies in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Arizona. She received her Ph.D. in Literature (Cultural Studies) from the University of California, San Diego where she specialized in Literatures and Cultures of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, with an emphasis on Arizona. Grounded in archival research, her work engages Arizona’s multi-ethnic cultural production as a point of departure to examine the context and complexity of local, regional, and national debates about citizenship and belonging.
Carmen King de Ramírez has a Ph.D. in Spanish literature and culture and a Master’s in Sociolinguistics with an emphasis on bilingualism in the United States. Carmen studied in Costa Rica and Guadalajara, Mexico and has led study abroad programs in Perú, México, Spain, and the Dominican Republic. She has worked with Mexican-American border issues through No More Deaths (a non-profit organization that strives to end the death and suffering of migrants crossing the Sonoran Desert), organizing desert survival courses for migrants, and developing border education programs for university students. Carmen coordinates the Spanish Immersion/Homestay program in Nogales, Mexico.