Originally from Puerto Rico, Mónica Vega González is a Ph.D. student in Hispanic Literature with a minor in Latina/o Studies. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2014 in Hispanic Studies at the University of Puerto Rico, at Mayaguez. Mónica completed an M.A. in Editing and Publishing in the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona in 2015 and worked as an editorial assistant at Marge Books Publishing Company. She completed a second M.A. in 2019, in Hispanic Literatures in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Indiana University-Bloomington. Mónica’s main research interests are in the notion of borderlands, Chicano and Puerto Rican studies, postcolonialism, and performance studies. She is beginning to focus on Puerto Rican Contemporary Literature originated on the Island, exploring as well its potential connections to US Latina/o Literatures. She analyzes the conversations that can be created between Puerto Rican literature produced both the Island and in the Diaspora, and seeks to make these explorations relevant to wider discussions in Latin American studies. She is also very interested in other cultural productions, such as the music of René Pérez, “Residente”, a Puerto Rican contemporary singer whose music has been interpreted as representing Puerto Ricans’ self-discovery in the context of other Latin American identities.