James Irby is a translator and editor who specializes in modern Latin American Literature. He obtained his MA from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and his PhD from the University of Michigan. Irby is a professor at Princeton University where he has taught Spanish and Portuguese Language, Spanish American Literature, Brazilian Literature, and comparative modern fiction. He was a founding member of the Latin American Studies program at Princeton and served as director of the program from 1978 to 1981. Irby has also taught at the Colegio de Mexico, University of California Berkeley, and Bryn Mawr College.