Dr. Janka Guillén is originally from Slovakia, where she studied teaching of foreign languages spoken in the European Union. Pursuing her interest in the Spanish language, she developed academically in Spain and Mexico. Her area of expertise is Latin American and European literature, with a special interest in the representation of the militarism in the literature and the transformation of the historical novel in the 20th century.
Previous work by Dr. Guillén includes teaching at the Russian-Mexican Institute Sergei Eisenstein in Mexico City, and at UTSA in San Antonio, TX. She has also worked as Spanish, English, Russian and Slovak translator and interpreter in different professional settings such as art performance, international business and scientific research, among others. Dr. Guillén edited and translated from English to Spanish the book Rebozos, written by Texas poet laureate Carmen Tafolla, which was recognized as the Best Book of Bilingual Poetry by the International Latino Book Award.