Julia Garner received her B.A. in Spanish and French from Bowdoin College, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from Brown University. Her areas of specialization are 20th-century Mexican literature and visual culture, contemporary Latin American novels, and Latin American cultural studies. She is particularly interested in the ways in which contemporary Latin American literature represents environmental issues, urban life and politics. Her recent research examines how novels of catastrophe that emerged in Mexico City following the devastating 1985 earthquake present a critical perspective on Mexico's path to development. At Roger Williams, she teaches Latin American literature and culture, as well as Spanish and Portuguese language courses. In addition to her teaching and research, she has performed with a Spanish-language theater company and has led theater workshops in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.