Norma E. Cantú serves as the Norine R. and T. Frank Murchison Endowed Professor in Humanities at Trinity University. She also is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she directed the doctoral program in English. She is the editor of a book series, Rio Grande/Rio Bravo: Borderlands Culture and Tradition, for Texas A&M University Press. She is a member of the board of trustees of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, and is Chair-Elect of the National Association of Chicana/o Studies. Author of the award-winning Canícula Snapshots of a Girlhood en la Frontera, and co-editor of Chicana Traditions: Continuity and Change, she is currently working on a novel tentatively titled Champú, or Hair Matters, and an ethnography of the Matachines de la Santa Cruz, a religious dance drama from Laredo, Texas.