María DeGuzmán is Professor of English & Comparative Literature and founding Director of Latina/o Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the author of two books: Spain’s Long Shadow: The Black Legend, Off-Whiteness, and Anglo-American Empire (University of Minnesota Press, 2005) and Buenas Noches, American Culture: Latina/o Aesthetics of Night (Indiana University Press, 2012). She has published many essays and articles on Latina/o cultural production including a forthcoming essay titled “Four Contemporary Latina/o Writers Ghost the U.S. South” for The Oxford Handbook of the Literature of the U.S. South (Oxford University Press, January 2016). She has a special interest in relationships between literature and various kinds of photographic practice, optics, music, and acoustics. Currently, she is working on two book manuscripts.