Director, NYU Buenos Aires
B.A. German Language & Literature, Tufts University, 1984
M.A. Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley, 1989
Ph.D. Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley, 1995
Anna Kazumi Stahl is a fiction writer and holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley. Her dissertation, Order and Displacement in the House of the Nation: Minority Discourse in Three National Contexts, focused on immigration and transnational identities in South American, U.S. and German literature. Her current research explores Asian-Latin American cultural expressions (narrative and visual media) and comparative analysis with Asian-North American perspectives. As a fiction writer, she works almost exclusively in Spanish. Her first book was a collection of stories Catastrofes naturales (Editorial Sudamericana, 1997). Her novel Flores de un solo día (Seix Barral, 2003) was a finalist for the Romulo Gallegos Prize. Stahl’s fiction has appeared in anthologies and journals in Latin America, Europe, Japan, and the USA. Also an active translator, Stahl has worked on film projects (for writers like Ricardo Piglia and directors like Hector Babenco and Lucrecia Martel) and on book-length fiction and cultural studies. Based in Argentina since 1995, Stahl has taught World Literature and Creative Writing, first in the B.A. program run jointly by Lincoln University College and Universidad Nacional de San Martin, then starting in 2008 at NYU Buenos Aires. In September 2013 she was chosen as Interim Site Director, earning the Site Director title in May 2014. She continues to teach Creative Writing at NYUBA and, in Fall semesters, is faculty mentor for Gallatin’s Great World Texts program, partnering with a local public high school. In Argentina, Stahl is engaged with the MALBA museum’s literary/cultural programming and serves on the Board of Directors of the Fulbright Commission.