Gwendolyn Diaz, Ph.D., originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, teaches World Literature and Literary Theory. She also serves as director of the Graduate English Literature and Language program.
She co-founded and directs the Las Americas Letters Series in Literature and the Arts, an annual conference held at St. Mary’s University. Diaz hopes that through the series students find empowerment through creativity and cultural understanding.
She is frequently invited to speak abroad on the topics of her research. Her interactive teaching style includes discussion, student participation, lectures and peer work.
Fluent in Spanish, English, French and Portuguese, Diaz has published six books in both Spanish and English on topics of Argentine literature. Her latest are:
Women and Power in Argentine Literature (Univ. Texas Press, 2009)
Mujer y poder en la literatura argentina (Emece, 2009)
Texto, Contexto y Postexto en la obra de Luisa Valenzuela (Univ. of Pittsburgh, 2010)
Diaz also has published articles on Latin American literature, literary theory and U.S. Latino literature, as well as works by Sandra Cisneros, Cristina Garci and others.
Her awards include a Fulbright Award that took her back to her native Buenos Aires where she finished a book on women and power, a Carnegie Mellon Fellowship, the St. Mary’s University Distinguished Professor Award for both undergraduate and graduate teaching, and an Honorary Professorship at the Universidad Catolica de Salta in Argentina.