• Latin American, Carribean and Latino Studies

Dr. Liza Fiol-Matta

  • Liza Fiol-Matta was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The daughter of an Army officer, she grew up on several Army bases in the United States, returning to Puerto Rico when she was twelve. She has lived in New York since 1978. She holds a Ph.D. in Critical Literary and Cultural Studies from The Union Institute and University (1996), an M.A. degree in English Literature from the University of Puerto Rico (1981), and a B.A. in English from Sacred Heart University in Santurce, Puerto Rico (1974). Her book, Women of Color and the Multicultural Curriculum: Transforming the College Classroom (1994), coauthored with Miriam K. Chamberlain, received the Gustavus Myers Center award as Outstanding Book on the Subject of Human Rights in North America. A second book, Telling to Live: Latina Feminist Testimonios (2001), coauthored with the members of the Latina Feminist Group, received a Gustavus Myers Center Human Rights and Bigotry Award in 2002. Her essay, “Beyond Survival: A Politics/Poetics of Puerto Rican Consciousness,” was reprinted in Word: On Being a [Woman] Writer (2004). Dr. Fiol-Matta’s research interests include curriculum transformation in higher education; Latina/o identity and politics; critical cultural studies with a focus on race, class, ethnicity, and gender; and the literature and artistic production of Latinas/os in the United States.