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Barberan Reinares, Maria

Dr. Laura Barberan is an Associate Professor of English at Bronx Community College (CUNY), where she teaches literature and writing courses. A native Argentinean, she holds the degree of "Profesora de Lengua Inglesa" from the National University of Córdoba, Argentina, and a doctorate in Postcolonial/Transnational British and Anglophone Literatures and 20th-century Irish Literature from Georgia State University. Her research focuses on the intersections of postcolonial literature and theory and contemporary issues of exploitation in the form of human trafficking/illegal migration within the context of globalization. Her book, Sex Trafficking in Postcolonial Literature: Transnational Narratives from Joyce to Bolaño (Routledge, 2015; 2017), analyzes how postcolonial fiction depicts coerced female sex trafficking and the discourses such representations legitimize. She has also published articles on postcolonial literature and pedagogy in several peer-reviewed journals. Her article "Globalized Philomels: State Patriarchy, Transnational Capital, and the Femicides on the US-Mexican Border in Roberto Bolaño’s 2666" was awarded the 2012 South Atlantic Review Essay Prize. She has served on the South Atlantic Review Prize Selection Committee helping to select the article that best exemplifies outstanding scholarship out of the four issues SAR publishes annually, and she currently serves on the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) Executive Committee. Dr. Laura Barberan also serves as an advisory board member for the non-profit organization Crossing Point Arts (formerly The Art of Freedom: Bringing the Arts to Survivors of Human Trafficking).

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