Ruth Behar

February 15, 2002
Ruth Behar
Ruth Behar shares her experiences of crossing cultural borders through her work as a writer, editor, ethnographer, and documentary filmmaker. A recipient of the MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Award, as well as a John Simon Guggenheim Award, her books include Translated Woman: Crossing the Border with Esperanza's Story, and Santa Maria Del Monte: The Presence of the Past in a Spanish Village. She has also translated the works of Cuban women poets and had a collection of her own poems produced by the Cuban publishing cooperative, Ediciones Vigia.
Behar was born in Havana, Cuba and came to live in New York with her family in 1962. She received her B.A. in Letters from Wesleyan University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Princeton University. She resides in Ann Arbor and is a Professor of Anthropology at the Universtiy of Michigan. She is also affiliated with University of Michigan programs in Women's Studies, Latina/Latino Studies, and Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

"Whether you are a comadre or a stranger, a storyteller or story-listener, [Translated Woman] reaches across kitchen tables, across cultures, and takes you into its confidence." -Sandra Cisneros, author of Woman Hollering Creek

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