Eliana Rivero was born in Cuba, and immigrated permanently to the United States in 1961. She received her B.A. magna cum laude in 1964 and her Ph.D. in 1968 from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida. She has done scholarly work and teaching in the area of Latin American and U.S. Latino literatures, especially poetry and women\'s writings, for over forty years.
Rivero is Professor of Spanish in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where she teaches Latin American literatures (especially poetry and women writers) and Latino/Latina literatures and cultures. She is also adjunct Professor of Women's Studies and Latin American Studies at this institution.
She has authored and/or coedited six scholarly books, and has published over ninety articles, chapters in books, review essays, notes, bibliographies, and collection entries, on topics ranging from Caribbean authors to Cuban American humor to Mexican colonial nuns. Since the early eighties she has been writing about the experience of Chicano/as, Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans, and other U.S. Latino/as, and has published many scholarly pieces and autobiographical essays on these topics.
Rivero is coeditor (with Tey Diana Rebolledo, University of New Mexico) of the best-seller Infinite Divisions: An Anthology of Chicana Literature (University of Arizona Press, 1993, now on its third printing), which has been featured as a 'must read' item in Latina Magazine. With the Chicana writer and Arizona State University Emerita Margarita Cota Cåárdenas she is also coeditor of Siete Poetas, a pioneer text by/on Latina women poets published in 1977 with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. She has also coedited Telling To Live: Latina Feminist Testimonios (Duke University Press, 2001), with the Latina Feminist Group collective. In 2005, her collection of essays Discursos desde la diåáspora appeared in Spain. She has received research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and The Rockefeller Foundation, among others.
In 2001 she was named Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, only one of two Latina women so chosen in the program's history until that date. During the academic year 2001-2002, she lectured at thirteen US colleges and universities on topics related to Latina/os and popular culture. In addition, Rivero has been invited to give keynote addresses in over forty university campuses in the United States, Spain, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, and Chile.
Her present research and writing deals with theoretical/autobiographical approaches to Latina identity and consciousness, and with Latino/Latina popular culture. Her latest publications engage the literature and culture of Cuban Americans, such as her essays included in the collections The Portable Island: Cubans At Home in the World (Palgrave 2008) and Negotiating Identities: Cuban American Literature and Art (State University of New York Press 2009).