Professor of Literature, University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez
Ricia Anne Chansky is Professor of Literature at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. She is currently directing a large-scale public humanities project, “Mi María: Puerto Rico after the Hurricane,” that uses oral histories and other biographical methodologies—contextualized in critical disaster studies and environmental humanities—to study the impact of Hurricane María on the people of Puerto Rico. Chansky is coeditor of the journal, a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, and editor of the new Routledge Auto/Biography Studies book series. She coedited The Routledge Auto/Biography Studies Reader (2016) and edited Auto/Biography in the Americas: Relational Lives (Routledge, 2016) and Auto/Biography across the Americas: Transnational Themes in Life Writing (Routledge, 2016). She has two coedited collections forthcoming: Life Writing Outside the Lines: Gender and Genre in the Americas (Routledge) and The Untied States: Untangling National Identity in the Twenty-First Century (Wisconsin UP). She is also the coauthor of a bilingual children’s book forthcoming from Arte Público Press, Maxy Survives the Hurricane/Maxy sobrevive el huracán. She is currently at work on a monograph tentatively titled Narrating Disaster. She is a 2018–2020 Voice of Witness Fellow, a partner in the Humanities Action Lab “Initiative on Climate and Environmental Justice,” and a Fulbright Specialist in US Studies. She has recent and forthcoming essays on critical disaster studies, disaster pedagogy, climate and social justice, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean, as well as on oral history, transnational and diasporic identity constructions, contested national identity, and gendered identity constructions.