Agnes Lugo-Ortiz is a specialist in 19th-century Latin American literature, and in 19th- and 20th-century Caribbean cultural history. Her work focuses on questions concerning the relationships between cultural production and the formation of modern socio-political identities. This is the subject of her book Identidades imaginadas: Biograf~A-a y nacionalidad en el horizonte de la Guerra (Cuba 1860-1898) and of her current project Riddles of Modern Identity: Biography and Visual Portraiture in Slaveholding Cuba (1760-1886). She is also the author of numerous essays that address the interconnections between queer sexualities, gender and anti-colonial politics in 20th-century Puerto Rico. Since 1994 she has been on the advisory board of the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project, and is co-editor of Herencia: The Anthology of Hispanic Literature of the United States, and of En otra voz: Antolog~A-a de la literatur a hispana de los Estados Unidos.