Marika Ceschia is a final year PhD student in the School of English at the University of Leeds, and her thesis examines African-American women’s writing of the 1970s and 1980s, focusing in particular on portrayals of motherhood. She completed an MA in Postcolonial and World Literatures at Maynooth University, Ireland, and a BA in Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Udine, Italy. She has presented papers at the BAAS PGR symposium, at SASA annual conferences, and at the UCL center for research on the Americas. Her research interests include postcolonial theory and literature, Native American and Chicano literature, gender and queer studies, and critical race theory.