Central American Studies

Karina Zelaya

Karina Zelaya
Part-time Faculty
Office location:
Jerome Richfield 254B


Dr. Karina Zelaya is Writing Coordinator within Central American Studies at California State University, Northridge.

She was born and raised in Usulután, El Salvador and moved to California at the age of 13. Her personal and academic interests have taken her to visit or live in countries such as Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Brazil, Mexico, France, Portugal, Spain and Italy.

Karina Zelaya earned a Ph.D. degree in Spanish from the University of California, Davis. She has 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 Literacy Studies, Central American 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