Rebeca Velasquez was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, earning a B.A. at the University of Texas-Pan American and an M.A. at the University of Houston. Most broadly, she is studying the relationship between literature and globalization, with a particular focus on applying concepts from Marxist geography to the changing political and economic spaces of global capitalism. While Victorian literature is her primary focus, she is also interested in Anglophone world literatures as related to the histories of colonization, decolonization, and postcolonialism that have shaped processes of globalization in the longue durée.