María de Los Angeles Torres is director and professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Illinois in Chicago. She received her PhD from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She taught political science at DePaul University in Chicago from 1987 to 2005. She was a faculty Associate at Notre Dame's Institute for Latino Studies, 2000-2001 and was a research fellow at Chapin Hall University of Chicago 2002.
She is author of two books, The Lost Apple: Operation Pedro Pan, Cuban Children in the US and the Promise of a Better Future. Boston, Mass: Beacon Press, 2004 and In the Land of Mirrors: The Politics of Cuban Exiles in the United States. Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan Press, 1999. She edited By Heart/De Memoria: Cuban Women's Journeys in and Out of Exile. Philadelphia: Temple University, 2002 and co-edited, Borderless Borders: Latinos, Latin American and the Paradoxes of Interdependence. Philadelphia, Penn.: Temple University Press, spring 1998. She has also published on issues of diversity, "Democracy and Diversity: Expanding Notions of Citizenship," in David W. Engstrom and Lisette M. Piedra eds. Our Diverse Society, Washington DC, NASW Publishers, 2006. She is a frequent contributor in the Chicago Tribune and other newspapers.
Currently she is a co-Principal Investigator for another on Youth Politics in the Age of Globalization, funded by Chapin Hall and the Kellogg Foundation and was Co-Pi for a National Science Research Foundation Project: Civic Engagement in Three Latino Neighborhoods. She was a UIC CIC fellow 2006-2007 and is a member of the Provost's Advisory Committee on Diversity.