Julia C. Paulk is an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she teaches Spanish American literature, culture, and language classes. She earned her doctorate at Indiana University, Bloomington, with a dual specialization in Spanish American and Comparative Literature. Dr. Paulk’s areas of research interest are nineteenth-century antislavery literature, Inter-American literary studies, and women’s studies. Her scholarly articles include “A New Look at the Strains of Allegory in Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda’s Sab,” published in Revista Hispánica Moderna, and “(Re)Writing Patriarchy and Motherhood in José de Alencar’s Allegorical Antislavery Plays, O Demônio Familiar and Mãe,” which appeared in The Luso-Brazilian Review. Dr. Paulk is currently working on a book-length study of antislavery literature entitled, Mixed Messages: Antislavery Allegories of the Americas.