Dr. Dinorah Cortés-Vélez specializes in Colonial Latin American literature. She earned her Ph.D. in 2006 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a dissertation on the ethical and political uses of humor in the protofeminist writing of Mexican nun Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. She is also interested in the literatures of the Hispanic Caribbean. Professor Cortés-Vélez divides her time between teaching, academic research, and creative writing. Among her current research projects there is a book on the humorous aspects of Sor Juana’s discourse on sexual difference. She has recently published her first novel, El arca de la memoria: Una biomitografía (The Chest of Memory: A Biomythography) (San Juan, Puerto Rico: Editorial Isla Negra, 2011).