Luz Angélica Kirschner is a permanent Full-Time Lecturer currently teaching at Bielefeld University in Germany. She received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory, Criticism, and Aesthetics at Penn State in 2008. She has taught at Wisconsin-Madison, Penn State, Bielefeld, and Guadalajara Universities. Her research focuses on comparative literary studies of ethnicity, race, gender, and migration exploring particularly how identity formation and difference are mediated through literature and aesthetics as well as impacted by contemporary socio-economic manifestations such as neoliberalism and globalization. Her edited volume Expanding Latinidad: An Inter-American Perspective (2012) was published in Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe (Arizona State University). Some of her current research projects include her book manuscript with the working title Presumed Provincialism: Ethnic Women Writers on Three Continents, 1995-2013 and articles for the Routledge Companion to Literature and Human Rights (2015) and the volume Beyond Borders: Fine Lines, Fences, and Frontiers in the Americas (2015).