We’re pleased to introduce our newest student assistant, Maricarmen Torres Medina. Maricarmen is joining us this summer alongside continuing student assistant Prajakta Gupte for our “Exploring Diverse Stories of America through Humanities Publishing” initiative, made possible by a Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP) grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Our thanks to the University of Florida’s Center for Latin American Studies for partnering with us for Maricarmen’s assistantship.

Maricarmen Torres Medina is a second-year student in the University of Florida’s MA in Latin American Studies (MALAS) program. Maricarmen will join our Acquisitions Department to work with books in Latin American and Caribbean studies. “As a graduate student at the Center for Latin American Studies I am one of the very few currently fulfilling the requirements for the Arts, Culture, and Literatures specialization. I am very happy that the humanities are able to keep striving amongst Latin American studies spaces, as any field that researches the social world has also to take into consideration language and culture,” says Maricarmen. “Because reading is such an important and special aspect of my life, working at the Press opens up the door to this other dimension of the story of a book: its production and circulation.”

Maricarmen holds a bachelor’s degree in foreign languages and a master’s degree in translation from the University of Puerto Rico. Maricarmen’s current research focuses on the study of visual representation of violence and consumption through photography. In addition to languages, translation, and visual and cultural representation, Maricarmen’s interests include public policy, cities and housing, poverty, and community development. Recently, Maricarmen led a group of professionals in an NGO that aided survivors from hurricanes Irma and Maria through case management and economic support.

Please join us in welcoming Maricarmen to the Press.

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