Edna Acosta-Belen is associate professor in the Department of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies, at State University of New York, Albany. She recieved her PhD from Columbia University and has been a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton, Yale, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She has edited The Puerto Rican Woman: Perspectives on Culture, History, and Society (New York: Praeger, 1986, first edition, 1979), and La Mujer en la sociedad puerto-rriquena (Rio Piedras, PR: Ediciones Huracan, 1981). She has also published extensively in the areas of Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Hispanic literature and cultural history, and women's studies. Barbara R. Sjostrom is associate professor in the Teacher Education Program at State University of New York, Old Westbury, and an adjunct faculty member in the Bilingual Education Program at Hunter College. She received her PhD from State University of New York, Albany and has published in the areas of ethnicity, gender and education, and bilingual/multicultural education. Her publications include Guidelines for the Analysis of Classism, Racism, and Sexism and The Educational and Professional Status of Puerto Rican Women (with Edna Acosta-Belen). She is also an evaluator of bilingual and English-as-a-second-language instructional programs for the New York City Board of Education, the Multicultural Resource Center at Hunter College, and Teachers College, Columbia University.
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