Maritza Cardenas is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Arizona. She received her doctorate and masters degree from the University of Michigan in the program of American Culture, and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California in Comparative Literature. Her research and teaching interests focus on US Central Americans, US American ethnicities, Latina/o cultural productions, identity and subject formation and popular culture.
A recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Postdoctoral Fellowship, Cardenas has published in journals such as Studies in 20th and 21st Century Literature, and has works forthcoming in the anthologies Race and Contention in Twenty-First Century US Media and US Central American Belongings. Current works in progress include articles on Central American identity politics and Central American material culture. She is also working on her book manuscript, which highlights the historical, socio-political, and economic processes that have facilitated the construction of a pan-ethnic transnational cultural identity (US Central American) to emerge in the US diaspora.
Her book is "Constituting Central American-Americans."