Amelia María de la Luz Montes is an Americanist scholar and fiction writer who is interested in narrative contexts that complicate and contradict national, social, and personal identities. Hemispheric or transnational studies are terms that describe such explorations. Her geographic focus encompasses North America and Latin America. She has published several articles on the nineteenth-century Mexican American author, María Amparo Ruiz de Burton and has recently edited and introduced a new edition of Ruiz de Burton’s first novel, Who Would Have Thought It? (Penguin Classics, 2009). Currently, she is working on a book entitled, Corazon y Tierra: Latinas Writing on the Great Plains and Midwest and finishing a fictional memoir entitled, The Diabetes Chronicles.