Maria Anna Zazzarino (she/her/hers) is a Ph.D. student and instructor in the Comparative Literature Program. Her areas of interest include extractivism and environmental justice, with a particular focus on the petroleum cultures from the wider Caribbean region. At UCSB, Maria is a member of the Re-centering Energy Justice Collaborative, where she co-created the public syllabus “Energy Justice on the California Central Coast.” Her writing and translations have appeared in Media+Environment, Comparative Literature Studies, Mondes Francophones, Asymptote, and Latin American Literature Today. Previously, Maria completed her B.A. and M.A. in English Literary Studies at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and was a Fulbright-awardee at Louisiana State University.
Maria has worked on a number of public-facing projects such as exhibitions and literary events, including the Delta Mouth Festival (Baton Rouge), Hay Festival for Literature and the Arts (Segovia), MATADERO Madrid, and the Museums Department of the Spanish Ministry for Culture. Currently, Maria is a Research Assistant for the Global Latinidades Center, where she coordinates public readings and workshops in the framework of the Voces Nuevas Latinx Author Series.