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Ilana Luna

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Associate Professor
Faculty, WEST Campus, Mailcode 2151
Biography

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.

Education
  • Ph.D. Hispanic Languages and Literature (Translation Studies), University of California-Santa Barbara 2011
  • M.A. Spanish and Portuguese (Honors), University of California-Santa Barbara 2006
  • B.A. Spanish Literature (Magna Cum Laud), Bryn Mawr College 2001
Publications
  • . . Review of: Translocalities/Translocalidades: Feminist Politics of Translation in the Latin/a Américas (2014).
  • Ilana Luna. "También la lluvia": Of Coproductions and Re-encounters, a Re-vision of the Colonial. Colonial Itineraries of Contemporary Mexico: Literary and Cultural Inquiries (2014).
  • . Cruzando fronteras: México-EUA en el cine del libre comercio. (2014).
  • Ignacio Ruíz Pérez. Translated by Ilana Luna. Song of a Wounded Deer. Askew (2014).
  • Ignacio Ruíz Pérez. Translation by Ilana Luna. "Coastal". Houston Poetry Festival Anthology (2014).
  • . . Review of: Latino Los Angeles in Film and Fiction: The Cultural Production of Social Anxiety (0).
Research Activity
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SPA 201Intermediate Spanish
LAS 205Deep Roots: Latin America
LAS 330From the Inside/Lat Am Journey
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SPA 494Special Topics
LAS 494Special Topics
FOR 494Special Topics
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
LAS 340Latin American Women Writers
WST 341Latin American Women Writers
HON 394Special Topics
SPA 494Special Topics
FOR 494Special Topics
LAS 494Special Topics
JHR 598Special Topics
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
LAS 205Deep Roots: Latin America
SPA 325Intro to Hispanic Literature
MAS 585Capstone Course
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SPA 325Intro to Hispanic Literature
LAS 355Contemporary Mexican Cinema
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
LAS 205Deep Roots: Latin America
SPA 474Revolutnr Mexico&Postmdrn Revs
JHR 599Thesis
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
JHR 599Thesis
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
LAS 205Deep Roots: Latin America
LAS 355Contemporary Mexican Cinema
HON 394Special Topics
JHR 584Internship
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
JHR 584Internship
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SPA 325Intro to Hispanic Literature
IAP 494Special Topics
SPA 494Special Topics
JHR 584Internship
JHR 598Special Topics
MAS 598Special Topics
Presentations
  • Ilana Luna. Cruzando fronteras: México-EUA en el cine del libre comercio. XVII Colloquium on Mexican Literature: Tan Lejos de Dios. University of California, Santa Barbara (Nov 2014).
  • Ilana Luna. El cine de Michel Franco: Violencia neoliberal y aislamiento social. IV Foro de Análisis Cinematográfico (FACINE) Tijuana, Mexico (Sep 2014).
  • Ilana Luna. La bobe y Tela de Sevoya: La muerte y el lenguaje del amor. XX Annual Juan Bruce Novoa Mexican Studies Conference: University of California, Irvine (May 2014).
  • Adolescent alienation and nation: violence from above in the works of Michel Franco. Adolescent alienation and nation: violence from above in the works of Michel Franco. Latin American Studies Association (LASA 2014) Congress, Chicago, Illinois (May 2014).
  • Ilana Luna. Tela de sevoya: lenguaje y memoria. Rastreando una identidad sefardita en México. Congreso de Literatura Mexicana Contemporánea, University of Texas, El Paso (Mar 2014).
  • Ilana Luna. Alta infidelidad, El silencio de las amantes: apuntes desde la cama de ‘las otras’. XVI Colloquium on Mexican Literature: Huellas del tiempo/ Traces of Time (Nov 2013).
Service
  • Emergency Preparedness Committee, member (2014 - Present)
  • IHR research cluster "Interpreting Contemporary Violence: Mexico, U.S.", member (2014 - Present)
  • Arizona Interfaith Alliance for Worker Justice, Board Member (2014 - Present)
  • Entre NosOtras, Founding member, event organizer (2014 - Present)
  • Hispanic Heritage Committee, member (2014 - Present)
  • Human Rights Film Festival, Organizing committee member (2014 - Present)
  • Martin Luther Kind Day Committee, member (2014 - Present)
  • SHArCS, LAS program developer (2014 - Present)
  • SHArCS, course developer (2013 - Present)
  • Arizona Interfaith Alliance for Worker Justice, Board Member (2013 - Present)