Prof. Mayna-Medrano (Profe Meche) is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Union College. She received her B.A. and Licenciatura in Hispanic Literature from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP) and her M.A. in Linguistics at PUCP. In 2022, she gained her Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA). She is the co-founder and leader of the Andean-Amazonian Reading Group, a community that discusses and analyzes diverse topics for the Andes and Amazon regions through different cultural productions.
Prof. Mayna-Medrano is currently working on her first book project, tentatively titled, Melodrama and Fear: (Mis)representing Indigenous People in 19th-Century Andean Literature. Moreover, because building knowledge in collaboration is an essential part of her working philosophy, she is currently working on an interdisciplinary project: a conference paper about the domestic servitude of children in the 19th century in Peru.