Rubén Gallo is the Walter S. Carpenter Jr. Professor in Language, Literature, and Civilization of Spain at Princeton University. He is the author of Proust’s Latin Americans (2014), an essay about Proust’s Latin American circle of friends in turn-of-the-last century Paris; Freud’s Mexico: Into the Wilds of Psychoanalysis (2010), a cultural history of psychoanalysis and its reception in Mexico; Mexican Modernity: the Avant-Garde and the Technological Revolution (2005), an essay about the Mexican avant-garde’s fascination with machines; and two books about Mexico City’s visual culture: New Tendencies in Mexican Art (2004) and The Mexico City Reader (2004). He is the recipient of the Gradiva award and the Modern Language Association’s Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize. He is a member of the board of the Sigmund Freud Museum in Vienna, where he also serves as research director. He is currently at work on Cuba: A New Era, a book about the changes in Cuban culture after the diplomatic thaw with the United States.