Gina Herrmann is Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Oregon. Her research and teaching interests include Holocaust and Trauma Studies, representations of pain and torture, contemporary Spanish literature, politics and culture, autobiographical studies, gender studies, oral history, and Communist studies, documentary photography and film, and television studies. Her newest projects involve the history and representation of Spain and the Holocaust. She is co-editing with Ofelia Ferrán the first English language volume on the work and life of Jorge Semprún. She also writes and teaches about the Spanish Civil War, the contemporary historical novel in Spain, Spanish political culture, particularly Communist culture and its expression in autobiographical texts. As a trained oral historian she is working on a major oral history project about leftist women in the civil war and Franco's penitentiary system.