Iliana Alcántar holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures from the University of California, Los Angeles, and is a member of the intercampus research group UC-Mexicanistas. She specializes in Mexican literary and cultural studies, and her research interests also include gender, film, and trauma studies, focusing on representations of gender and re-articulations of trauma and memory in Latin American film and literature.
Iliana has written articles on the written works of Carmen Boullosa, Carlos Fuentes, and Elena Poniatowska, among others, and about Mexican film, particularly, on the cinematography of Maria Novaro. Iliana has extensive teaching experience in language, literature, and film. In the past fifteen years, she has taught at five different universities in California, New York, and Oregon to students with various aptitudes from many backgrounds.