Ilan Stavans is an internationally known, award-winning cultural critic, linguist, translator, public speaker, editor, short-story writer, and TV host, whose New York Times best-selling work focuses on language, identity, politics, and history. Born in Mexico in 1961 into a Jewish family with roots in Eastern Europe, he was raised in a multilingual environment. His autobiography, On Borrowed Words, appeared in 2001.
Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor of Humanities, Latin American, and Latino Culture at Amherst College, publisher of Restless Books, and host of NPR’s podcast “In Contrast.” The general editor of The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature, his many bestselling books include Latino USA: A Cartoon History (Basic), Becoming Americans (Library of America), and The Wall (Pitts). His work, translated to many languages, has been adapted to radio, TV, and film.