Sara Castro-Klaren, a professor of Latin AmericanCulture and Literature at Johns Hopkins University, founded and led the Latin American Studies Program at Johns Hopkins between 1989 and 1992. She was born in 1942 in Sabandia, Peru, and educated at UCLA (BA., M.A., and Ph.D.). Prior to her appointment at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Castro-Klaren taught at a number of educational institutions including Georgetown, Stanford, and Dartmouth, and served as Chief of the Hispanic Division at the Library of Congress for two years (1984-86). From 1984 to 1999 she was a contributing editor to the Handbook of Latin American Studies, which is prepared at the Library of Congress and published by the University of Texas Press. In 2000, Dr. Castro-Klaren was named to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Her publications include: El Mundo Magico de J.M. Arguedas; Understanding Mario Vargas Llosa; Women's Writing in Latin America; and numerous articles on colonial and contemporary cultural history.