Maritza Cardenas is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Arizona. She received her doctorate and masters degree from the University of Michigan and her bachelor’s degree from USC. Her research and teaching interests focus on the various Latino cultures now found in the U.S., how they impact each other, and how they are seen by the non-Latino population. Current works in progress include articles on Central American identity politics and Central American material culture. Her latest book is "Constituting Central American-Americans."