Karina Zelaya joined the Central American Studies Program as a part-time faculty in the Fall 2011..
Karina Zelaya is a PhD candidate (ABD) in Spanish from the University of California, Davis; received a M.A. in Spanish and Latin American Literature from the University of California, Davis and a B.A in English (Culture Studies) from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Her research interests include Central American (including the Central American diaspora) cultural production from the late 19th century to the present, particularly literary and visual representations of popular myths and Chicana/o/Latina/o literature in the US. Her recent publications include a co-edition of vol. 9 of the literary journal Brújula (dedicated to the Beginning of Central American Narrative), and an article,“La Historia, las tradiciones y la literatura: Centralidad de la mitología en Historia moderna de El Salvador (1914); y en “La loba” (1904) de Francisco Gavidia”, in the Revista Estudios of the Universidad de Costa Rica.