About the Authors
Luz del Alba Acevedo was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico. She holds a Ph.D. in Political
Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She was Assistant Professor of Women’s
Studies and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at suny Albany. Currently she is Associate
Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras,
where she teaches methodology and courses on gender and political power. Her research on
gender, work, industrialization, and development in Puerto Rico is published in Futuro Eco-
nómico de Puerto Rico, Francisco Martínez (compilador); Women in the Latin American Develop-
ment Process, ed. Edna Acosta-Belén and Christine Bose; Género y trabajo: La industria de la
aguja en Puerto Rico y el Caribe, ed. María del Carmen Baerga; Expanding the Boundaries of
Women’s History, Essays on Women in the Third World, ed. Cheryl Johnson and Margaret
Strobel; and in the journals Boletín de Economía; Unidad de Investigaciones Económicas; World
Development; Homines: Social Science Journal of the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico.
Currently she is researching the political economy of gender relations in Puerto Rico with a
grant from the National Science Foundation. She is also one of three editors of the Puerto
Rican Studies Series of Temple University Press.
Norma Alarcón is Professor of Ethnic and Chican@/Latin@ Studies, Women’s Studies,
and Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of
Ninfomania: The Poetics of Di√erence in the Work of Rosario Castellanos, and the forthcoming
book T(r)opology of Hunger: The Inscription of Chicanas (Duke University Press). She is co-
editor of Between Woman and Nation (Duke) and Publisher of Third Woman Press since 1979.
Celia Alvarez was tenured as Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at Arizona State
University West, serving on the faculty from 1992 to 1999. She received her Ph.D. in Linguis-
tics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1988 and was Assistant Professor of Bilingual/
Bicultural Education at Teachers College, Columbia University until 1992. Since 1973 she has
been a≈liated with the Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños at Hunter College, where she
contributed to the research projects of the Language Policy and Oral History Task Forces. Her
publications include ‘‘Code-Switching in Narrative Performance: A Puerto Rican Speech
Community in New York,’’ in English Across Cultures: Cultures Across English, ed. Ofelia García
and Ricardo Otheguy; ‘‘El Hilo Que Nos Une: Becoming a Puerto Rican Woman,’’ in Stories to
Live By: Continuity and Change in Three Generations of Puerto Rican Women, ed. Rina Benmayor
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