Multicultural and Gender Studies

Sara E. Cooper

Chair of Multicultural & Gender Studies and Spanish Professor, ILLC

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Dr. Sara E. Cooper (PhD University of Texas, 1999) is a Professor of Spanish and Multicultural & Gender Studies at California State University, Chico. Cooper's focus is on Cuba, but she also teaches about Spanish, Contemporary Latin American, Latina/o and Chicana/o cultural production and Gender/Queer Studies.

Cooper is the founder of the Cuban and Cuban Diaspora Cultural Expression Discussion Group of the Modern Language Association and in 2010 launched a small non-profit literary press, Cubanabooks, to publish Cuban women writers in bilingual versions.

Dr. Cooper is the translator of Havana is a Really Big City and The Bleeding Wound/Sangra por la herida, by Cuban Mirta Yáñez. She also translated Burnt Honey/Miel quemada, a novel by Chicano Antonio Arreguín Bermúdez.  

Cooper is the editor of The Ties That Bind: Questioning Family Dynamics and Family Discourse in Hispanic Literature and Film as well as Lesbian Images in International Popular Culture (also a special issue of the Journal of Lesbian Studies). Her articles and translations appear in several journals and anthologies, including: Letras femeninas, Chasqui, Confluencia, Cuban Studies, Kunapipi, A Changing Cuba in a Changing World, Cultura y letras cubanas en el siglo XXI, Tortilleras: Hispanic and Latina Lesbian Expression, Journal of Lesbian Studies, Interdisciplinary Literary Studies and Challenging Lesbian Norms. Dr. Cooper currently is working on a book about humor in post-revolutionary Cuba.

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