Ellen Ryan Robinson is a Ph.D. candidate from St. Louis, Missouri. She received her B.A. in Spanish with honors from University of Missouri-St. Louis and her M.A. in Hispanic Literatures from Indiana University. Her research focuses on the intersections of memory, trauma, gender and sexual violence against women, as well as new forms of storytelling in works by postcolonial feminist writers from Puerto Rico, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, and Spain. Her dissertation is titled "New Tales of Trauma, Memory, and Historical Fiction in Postcolonial Caribbean, Iberian and Afro-Lusophone Womens Writing". Her minor concentration is Portuguese and Lusophone-Hispanophone connections amongst women writers are of great interest. In addition to her research and dissertation project, Ellen is interested in literary translation and interpreting.