Maritza Stanchich, Ph.D., is a Professor of English at the College of Humanities at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras campus, where she teaches literature of the Puerto Rican diaspora, U.S. Latina/o literature, Caribbean and U.S. American literature from the undergraduate to doctoral level. She also served in the Academic Senate for four years, until 2014. Her scholarly essays on William Faulkner, literature of the Puerto Rican diaspora, and the crisis at the University of Puerto Rico, have been published in peer-review journals and essay collections. She previously worked as an award-winning journalist, and her columns since 2010 for The Huffington Post and The New York Times have helped bring international attention to the crisis in Puerto Rico. She has also worked for academic unionization at University of California and with la Asociación Puertorriqueña de Profesores Universitarios (APPU). A long-time activist, she has participated in social movements in the areas of human and civil rights, environmentalism, the arts, animal rescue, and food sovereignty.