Nanci Buiza received her Ph.D. in Spanish from Emory University. Prior to Emory, she studied at California State University, Long Beach, where she received her M.A. in Spanish and completed undergraduate studies. Specializing in Latin American literature, Professor Buiza's research focuses on contemporary Central American literature. Her research interests also include Mexican cinema, Central American cultural studies in the U.S., transnational migration and culture, violence and postwar trauma, and affect theory. Her article "Trauma and the Poetics of Affect in Horacio Castellanos Moya's Insensatez" (Revista de Estudios Hispánicos) explores some of these topics with a focus on recent Central American literature. She has presented at national and international conferences. She is currently revising her dissertation on postwar Central American literature into a book manuscript for publication.
At Swarthmore College, she teaches courses on contemporary Latin American culture and Mexican and Central American literature.
Nanci Buiza was born in El Salvador during her country's civil war and migrated to Los Angeles as a teenager. The experiences of war, family fragmentation, and migration inform her research interests.