Dr. Brenda Ortiz-Loyola teaches online courses for the Latin American and Latino Studies Program. She earned her doctoral degree with a concentration in Hispanic Caribbean literature and culture at UCLA. Dr. Ortiz-Loyola published the articles “Ofelia Rodríguez Acosta and the Quest for National Solidarity in Cuba” (2015) and “Straight or Curly?: Hair and Race in Carmen Montañez’s Pelo Bueno, pelo malo”(2017) in Hispania. Her article “Forging a National Symbol: The Representation of the Jíbaro in the Narrative of Ana Roqué” will be published in Voces del Caribe. She has presented her research in national and international conferences. Her current research examines the representations of violence in nineteenth-century Caribbean literature. In addition to her academic interest, Dr. Ortiz-Loyola enjoys traveling and dancing.