About the Center
Anne J. Cruz, Acting Director
Anne J. Cruz holds a Bachillerato en Letras from the Instituto Bethania, Santa Tecla, El Salvador, and an AB, AM, and PhD from Stanford University. Before teaching at the University of Miami, she taught at the University of California, Irvine; the University of Illinois, Chicago; and, as visiting professor, at Stanford University. She has published on the Petrarchism of Garcilaso de la Vega and Boscán (Purdue University Monographs on Romance Languages), and on the Spanish picaresque novel (University of Toronto Press); her current project, to be published by The Other Voice, is a study of the seventeenth-century religious poet and missionary Luisa de Carvajal y Mendoza. She has authored over 100 essays on issues of gender and genre in early modern theater, poetry, and prose, and edited or co-edited twelve anthologies and journals on the literature, culture, and history of early modern Spain and the New World. Her most recent publication is Women's Literacy in Early Modern Spain and the New World (eo-edited with Rosilie Hernández; Ashgate, 2011). She has co-translated Chimalpahin's Conquest: A Nahua Historian's Rewriting of Francisco López de Gómara's La conquista de México (Stanford UP, 2010), and The Life and Times of Mother Andrea (edited by Enriqueta Zafra; Tamesis, 2011), a bilingual edition of an anonymous seventeenth-century picaresque novel. A co-translation (with Elias L. Rivers) of Juan Boscán's and Garcilaso de la Vega's poetic manifestos was published in the January 2011 issue of PMLA. Among her editions are Material and Symbolic Circulation Between Spain and England, 1554-1604 (2009); The Rule of Women in Early Modern Europe (coedited with Mihoko Suzuki; 2008); and Approaches to Teaching Lazarillo de Tormes and the Picaresque Tradition (2008). Her series with Ashgate Publishing, "New Hispanisms: Cultural and Literary Studies," follows on her successful series "Hispanisms" with the University of Illinois Press. She currently serves on the Publications Committee of the Modern Language Association. An ongoing project is the on-line data bank BIESES (Bibliografia de Escritoras Españolas), on which she collaborates with a Spanish university research team.
Dr. Cruz has been awarded fellowships by the Mellon Foundation, Spain's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Committee on Institutional Cooperation Academic Leadership Program. A recipient of several grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, she has been awarded grants to direct two NEH Summer Seminars for Teachers on "Literary Pícaros and Pícaras and Their Travels in Early Modern Spain" in Madrid, Salamanca, Toledo, and Sevilla. In 2010, she was elected William R. Jones Outstanding Mentor of the Year by the McKnight Graduate Fellows.