Carmen Luz Cosme Puntiel, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Languages at Xavier University. Her Ph.D. is in Hispanic Literature and Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is a co-editor of Demando mi libertad: Mujeres negras y sus estrategias de resistencia en la Nueva Granada, Venezuela y Cuba, 1700-1800. Her academic interests include Afro-Latin American and Caribbean Literature, the African Diaspora, Afro-Portuguese studies, Gender studies, translation/ transcription of colonial archives, and Latin America’s historiography.