Israel Ruiz-Cumba, Associate Professor of Spanish (1992). A.B., Universidad de Puerto Rico; A.M., Ph.D., Brown University. Born in Puerto Rico, he came to the United States to study Latin American Literature in Hispanic Studies Department at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He received his Ph.D. from Brown in 1995. His thesis explores postmodern representations of Puerto Rican national identity in the novels and chronicles of Edgardo Rodríguez Juliá. His research interests include: the literary construction of narrative authority, the role of the intellectual in society and discourses of national identity - especially in the 19th and 20th century Caribbean literature and popular culture. In addition, he is interested in exploring racial and political issues in the cultural productions of the many Afro-Caribbean Diasporas in the Unites States. He has published poetry and scholarly articles on these issues in newspapers such as Claridad, and in journals such as INTI: Revista de Literatura Hispánica, Casa de las Américas, La Torre: Revista de la Universidad de Puerto Rico. Finally, being a published poet himself, he is genuinely interested in anything related to poetry.