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Katie Lateef-Jan (pronounced John) is a PhD Candidate at the University of California, Santa Barbara in Comparative Literature with a doctoral emphasis in Translation Studies. Her research focuses on twentieth-century Latin American literature, specifically Argentine women's writing and the work of Silvina Ocampo. She co-translated with Suzanne Jill Levine Forgotten Journey, Ocampo's debut collection of short stories (City Lights Books, 2019). She co-edited with Levine Untranslatability Goes Global: The Translator’s Dilemma, part of Routledge’s Advances in Translation and Interpreting Studies series (2018). A literary translator, her translations from the Spanish have appeared in The New Yorker, The Harvard Review, Granta: The Magazine of New Writing, and Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas, among others. At UCSB she teaches undergraduate classes in Comparative Literature, Translation Studies, Spanish and Writing. She was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to a Pakistani father and American mother and now lives in Santa Barbara, and often spends summers when she is not teaching in Buenos Aires, Argentina.