Ilana Luna is an assistant professor of Latin American studies in the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies (SHArCS) at Arizona State University’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. She received her doctorate in Hispanic languages and literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2011, where she was also the first doctoral student to graduate with an emphasis in translation studies. Her master's degree in Spanish and Portuguese was also granted, with honors, from UCSB (2006), and her bachelor's degree in Spanish literature was awarded Magna Cum Laude from Bryn Mawr College in 2001.
Luna has lived, worked and studied on both coasts of the U.S., in the northeast, the mid-Atlantic and in the south.
Her book "Adapting Gender: Mexican Feminisms from Literature to Film" (forthcoming, SUNY Press) considers the intersections of feminist discourse, neoliberal economic policy and film adaptations that visibilize women as central narrative figures in the 1990s in Mexico.
Her research revolves around questions of gender and sexual identity, the gendered performance of self and the representation of women, class struggle, and art’s potential for the praxis of social justice.
Luna finds herself quite at home in an interdisciplinary professional milieu as her work has never been tied exclusively to a single approach nor area of interest, neither geographically nor thematically. Her professional training in literature coupled with her background in musical performance, her love of photography and film, large-scale visual art and architecture as well as regional and national culinary traditions all feed her passions in and around Latin American studies. Here she hopes to help build a program that defies limiting notions of regional study to span across visible and invisible boundaries and creates new ways of thinking about our historic and future interconnectedness.