Nanci Buiza received her Ph.D. in Spanish from Emory University. Prior to Emory, she studied at California State University, Long Beach, where she completed her undergraduate studies and received an M.A. in Spanish. Professor Buiza’s research and teaching focus on contemporary Mexican and Central American literature, culture, and cinema, in particular, issues of migration, violence, postwar trauma, ethics, aesthetics and affect theory. She has published peer-reviewed articles in Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, A Contracorriente, Istmo: Revista virtual de estudios literarios y culturales centroamericanos, and Iberoamericana. She also has articles forthcoming in Hispanic Research Journal and Hispanófila. She is currently writing a book on postwar Central American literature.
Professor 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.