Carmen Rueda Ramos is Associate Professor of English atUniversitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona (Spain). Her research interests cover the literature of the American South, contemporary Appalachian literature and the use of information technology in language teaching. She has published articles on Appalachian authors like Ron Rash, Ann Pancake and Lee Smith. She is the author of Voicing the Self: Female Identity and Language in Lee Smith’s Fiction (2009). Her journal articles and book reviews have appeared in Appalachian Heritage, Appalachian Journal, and Atlantis, among others. Recent publications include an essay on eco-feminist Appalachian fiction in The Health of the Nation (2014), volume 6 of the official book series of the European Association for American Studies. In 2010, she was a Fulbright visiting scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she conducted research on contemporary Appalachian fiction. Since 2011 she has been a member of the international board of advisors of the Journal of Appalachian Studies.