A native of Perú, Carla Burns is an Instructional Associate Professor in the department of Modern and Classical Languages at George Mason University. She holds a Ph.D. from the Catholic University of America where her research focused on Latin American colonial and transatlantic studies with a concentration on religious women and their role in society. She also holds a M.A. in Spanish from George Mason University. She is currently working on a paleographic transcription of an 18th century religious manuscript from a convent in Mexico City. She also serves as the Faculty Advisor of the Hispanic Culture Review, a bilingual graduate literary journal that publishes original poetry, essays, narratives, book reviews, photography and visual art both in Spanish and English. She began teaching at George Mason University in the fall of 2014.