María Frías Rudolphi received a double M.A., one from the University of Alcalá (1988-1990), and another from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1990-1992), and her Ph.D. from the Complutense University in Madrid. A teacher at heart, she had taught for ten years in public schools before teaching at the university level. She has been on the faculties of the University of Duke (1991-1992), the University of Ghana (1997-1998), and the University of Alcalá (1993-2000). She has been in charge of the Exchange Program between the University of Ghana and the University of Alcala (1997–1999), and has been also appointed External Examiner of Spanish Language and Literature at the University of Ghana (2004–2007). In 2005 her intellectual curiosity took her to spend a sabbatical year at Harvard University (Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research). At Universidad da Coruña she is involved with the OCV (Oficina de Cooperación y Voluntariado) where she serves as a volunteer for the Saturday Program «Aula de cultura» at the Centro Penitenciario de Teixeiro. Her specialties are Literatures of the African Diaspora, African-American Literature, Postcolonial Literature (anglophone and francophone), Contemporary American Literature, and Gender Studies.